Updated Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:45 pm
The Parkersburg Big Reds begin the 2014 season on Friday night, but this time there is a little more on the line.
The Big Reds travels across the river to Warren looking to defeat the Warriors for the 800th win in school history, becoming only the eighth high school in the entire country to reach that milestone.
Last season when the two schools met, Parkersburg defeated Warren 51-40. The start of the game was pushed back because of a 35-minute lightning delay, but the Big Reds scored three quick touchdowns right out of the gate to take control of the game.
The Big Reds have a new starting quarterback this season, as Josh Trembly replaces Aaron Roberts, who graduated after last season. The Big Reds will also utilize senior players Dan Fox and Chase Shank throughout the game and throughout the season. Last season, Fox racked up three touchdowns in the game against the Warriors and Shank was one of the leaders along the Big Reds defense.
On the opposite sidelines, Andrew Henthorn will start under center for the Warriors. Henthorn is taking over for Austin Klintworth, who scored four touchdowns for the Warriors in last year’s game versus the Big Reds. Warriors coach Anthony Fish said kicker Cole Wigal, two-way lineman Brandon Pahl, and running back Jared Isner are some other guys who could be factors in the game for his squad.
The Big Reds ended the 2013 season with a 4-6 record, but starting off the season with the program’s 800th victory is the kind of start that could vault the Big Reds back into a superior record for 2014 season and possibly give them momentum to reach the playoffs.
But Fish and the Warriors are determined to make the Big Reds to wait for the milestone victory.
“I want to congratulate them but I think their win can be next week,” Fish said. “They have a whole season full of teams to beat. I will do my best to make sure that win doesn’t happen at Warren.”
For the Warriors this match up might give them the confidence to improve from last seasons slump. After a 3-7 record in 2013, they are looking to step up and change the game.
Coach Fish said this year will show a completely different style both offensively and defensively. This year the Warriors have a senior-heavy roster and are ready to start the season with a bounty of experience.
Kickoff between the Big Reds and the Warriors is set for 7 p.m. at Warren.
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