Updated Sat, Aug 30, 2014 1:29 am
The Parkersburg Big Reds started off the 2014 season in historic fashion, as they became just the eighth school in the United States to record their 800th all-time win with a 41-22 victory against the Warren Warriors Friday night.
The Big Reds (1-0) wasted no time taking control of the game. After forcing a Warriors punt in the opening series, the Big Reds offense went straight to work as senior quarterback Josh Trembly connected with receiver Jordan Colebank on the second play of the drive for a 51-yard touchdown to put the Big Reds up 7-0.
After being forced to punt on their next drive, Warren pinned the Big Reds deep in their own zone with a booming 59-yard punt by Robert Fish that landed at the Big Reds own two-yard line. Parkersburg was unable to break through the Warriors defense, as the Warriors forced a safety to bring the score to the closest it would get at 7-2.
However, the Big Reds then continued to roll, scoring 21-unanswered points to end the first half and leave the Warriors trailing 28-2.
Warren would not score again until Michael Smith picked up a fumble and ran it into the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown to make it 35-9 in favor of Parkersburg. However, the Warriors scored two more times in the quarter, both on touchdown runs by running back Jared Isner. The Big Reds officially put the game out of reach in late in the fourth quarter when Trembly connected with receiver Austin Life for a 31-yard touchdown, pushing the score to 41-16.
The Big Reds pounded out 160 rushing yards led by Dan Fox and Noah Weaver, who combined for 142 of those yards. Trembly had a solid night passing as well, completing five of nine passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, the Big Reds defense held the Warriors to a mere 45 yards of total offense, including a net of just two rushing yards. The Big Reds defensive effort was led by defensive end Max Chefren, who recorded seven total tackles, three sacks and even scooped up a fumble for a touchdown.
Parkersburg will be back in action next Friday at home against Cabell Midland (1-0), while Warren looks to bounce back next Friday as well against Marietta (1-0).
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