Published Fri, Oct 21, 2011 11:31 pm Dateline
Updated Fri, Oct 21, 2011 11:48 pm
In a game where a loss could prove costly for either team, both the Parkersburg South Patriots and the Robert C. Byrd Flying Eagles played as such. Both teams came out playing hard to try and stay in the playoff hunt, but Parkersburg South pulled out the win 24-10.
The Eagles started out strong defensively with Mason Compton picking off Tyler Bolden and returning it inside Patriot territory. Byrd was unable to get their offense going on the drive and was forced to punt.
After getting the ball back, Patriots halfback Jason Quiocho immediately broke off a big run to get the offense moving, which would lead to a 20 yard field goal, giving Parkersburg South a 3-0 lead.
The Flying Eagles would immediately respond with a 3-yard touchdown run by Charles Hython to take a 7-3 lead early in the 2nd quarter.
On the next drive, Quiocho had a big 22-yard run but he would limp off the field and didn’t see the field for the rest of the night. That drive ended with a touchdown by Tyler Bolen on a quarterback keeper from two yards out. This gave the Patriots the lead back 10-7 and they would retain that lead after a missed field goal for the Flying Eagles with time expiring in the first half.
The Patriots would score twice in the second half on touchdown runs by Braxton Johnson and Jacob Douglas, while holding the Eagles to just three 2nd half points.
Tonight’s game could have taken Byrd out of the playoff hunt, starting the night ranked 14. With the win tonight, the Patriots have virtually locked up a playoff spot, so it looks like they’ll be playing beyond 10 games this season.