MORGANTOWN — The one factor that might decelerate Parkersburg South operating again Gage Wright on Friday night time at Pony Lewis Subject was a fast journey to the sideline to pop his knee again into place.
In the course of the first quarter, a clumsy touchdown compelled Wright to the sideline to “simply snap it again in,” he mentioned, pointing to his proper knee.
“It was all the best way out to right here, so we simply put it again the place it was presupposed to be, however yeah, it’s somewhat sore.”
Together with his knee within the medically cleared place, Wright went on to hurry for 257 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries because the No. 10 Patriots got here again from 10 factors down within the fourth quarter to beat the No. 4 Mohigans 38-34.
PSHS (5-2) outgained MHS 632-395, but it surely was the Mohigans (5-2) who held the benefit for many of the recreation.
Early, although, the ball bounced the Patriots’ approach, recovering a squib kick on the opening kickoff and marching down the sector for a landing, capped by Wright’s first rating of the night time.
Then on the following kickoff, the identical factor occurred once more as an MHS participant couldn’t choose up the quick squiber. This time, although, the MHS protection made a play as Caleb Nutter intercepted PSHS quarterback Turner Garretson.
That acquired the ball rolling for MHS, who scored the following two touchdowns, each by AJ Thomas, to take a 14-6 result in halftime.
However each groups’ offenses awakened within the second half. It was punch, counter-punch till the ultimate possession of the sport.
Whereas Wright was the star for the Patriots, Garretson additionally put up enormous numbers within the passing recreation with 314 yards and three touchdowns. Dylan Fleak caught 4 passes for 147 yards and a rating.
Garretson ultimately scored the go-ahead landing with lower than six minutes to go within the recreation, in order that they solely led the primary 4 minutes of the primary quarter and the previous couple of of the fourth, however that’s all that issues.
“That was the gameplan, run your butt off first, begin breaking them down, after which hit them excessive within the third and fourth quarter. It simply all opened up,” Wright mentioned.
For MHS, it was a disastrous second half defensively.
“We didn’t play protection all night time,” head coach Sean Biser mentioned. “We nonetheless haven’t tackled 2 (Wright). Blown coverages, poor tackling, it’s a foul combine.”
The Mohigans had been deep in in Patriots’ territory with lower than two minutes to go, however errors price them area place and ultimately quarterback Maddox Bowers’ 4th-down cross ultimately zone fell quick.
“You get right down to the place you will have a shootout like this and also you’re driving down to attain and have an important penalty whenever you’re knocking on the door, it places you in a foul scenario,” Biser mentioned. “Now we have to do higher than that. I’m the top coach, it’s on me, however we’ve got to do higher than that.”
Bobby Powell was the offensive star for MHS with 185 yards and a landing on the bottom. AJ Thomas had simply 30 yards on six carries, however three of these ended ultimately zone for scores.
The Mohigans will journey to John Marshall subsequent week, whereas PSHS will host Greenbrier East.
BY SEAN MANNING
Parkersburg South 6 0 18 14 – 38
Morgantown 7 7 20 0 – 34
PSHS – Wright 2 run (conversion no good)
MHS – Thomas 13 run (Stire kick)
MHS – Thomas 2 run (Stire kick)
PSHS – Wright 8 cross from Garretson (conversion no good)
MHS – Phares 27 cross from Bowers (Stire kick)
PSHS – Wright 56 run (conversion no good)
MHS – Powell 56 run (Stire kick)
PSHS – Bartley 50 cross from Garretson (conversion no good)
MHS – Thomas 5 run (kick no good)
PSHS – Fleak 52 cross from Garretson (good conversion, Wright from Garretson)
PSHS – Garretson 10 run (conversion no good)
RUSHING – PSHS: Wright 28-257 2 TD; Garretson 15-38 TD; Bartley 8-23. Totals: 51-318 3 TD. MHS: Powell 19-185 TD; Nutter 12-74; Thomas 6-30 3 TD; Phares 1-(-2); Ullom 1-2. Totals: 40-289 4 TD.
PASSING – PSHS: Garretson 18-25-2 314 3 TD. MHS: Bowers 8-15 106 TD.
RECEIVING – PSHS: Fleak 4-147 TD; Wright 5-48 TD; Forshey 4-45; Joyce 2-19; Bartley 3-55 TD. MHS: Thomas 2-28; Phares 4-60 TD; Nutter 1-4; DeProspero 1-14.