Updated Sat, Sep 22, 2012 12:15 am
The Patriots looked to continue their success against University after beating the Hawks 21-3 last year, but the Hawks foiled their plans as they beat Parkersburg South 27-23 Friday night.
Parkersburg South blasted out of the gates thanks to a balanced attacked led by Senior quarterback Tyler Bolen. Bolen connected with senior wide receiver Tyler Rouse on a 31-yard bomb. Senior running back Logan Cox capped off the drive with a 33-yard run that gave the Patriots the early 7-0 lead.
Senior wide receiver Braxton Johnson proved to be productive both on the ground and in the air. Johnson was off to the races for 56 yards and found the end zone to extend Parkersburg South’s lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter. Johnson accumulated 65 yards on 4 attempts on the ground, but he did not limit himself to just the ground as he racked up 46 yards on 5 receptions.
Despite Parkersburg South’s fast start, University was able to stall them and stay within striking distance thanks to a sound defense. University’s defense was able to keep Bolen in check, holding him to 149 yards and an interception. Bolen was able to find the end zone, though, as he rushed it in to cap off the first drive of the second half.
After the Hawks gave up an opening drive score in the second half, their defense locked down on the Patriots. The Hawks would go on to score 17 unanswered points thanks to a running game that wore down South’s defense. University racked up 260 yards on the ground.
Parkersburg South will look to rebound from this as disappointing loss when they face off against Friendly Collegiate Academy. The Hawks will look to keep their perfect season alive when they face Fairmont.