Parkersburg South Loses Heartbreaker

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After a disappointing loss at the hands of Morgantown last week, the Parkersburg South Patriots were looking for a solid outing against Musselman at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. The Patriot running attack was in full force, and the defense was showing vast improvement from the game against the Mohigans. However, it was the special teams unit that did the Patriots in tonight, as a missed extra point marked the difference in a 21-20 loss to the Applemen.

The Patriot offense took control early in the game, using their ground attack with great effectiveness. A 57 yard sideline sprint by Jordan Quiocho set up his own 4 yard plunge a few plays later to open up the scoring and put the Patriots ahead 7-0.

The Musselman offense, led by running back Josh Ferguson, who contributed 113 of the 145 total Applemen ground yardage, responded quickly with a 4 yard touchdown run of their own to close the first quarter scoring and knot the score at 7. However, Quiocho and the Patriot ground game would not be denied, as he ripped off a 43 yard scamper to put South back on top 14-7.

Musselman’s aerial attack finally got involved in the game, as quarterback Caleb Dembeck delivered a 25 yard strike to Maverick Keller to send the game into the half at 14-14. Dembeck would finish the game 9 of 14 passing for 104 yards. The Applemen struck again late in the 3rd quarter, as Ferguson pounded the ball in from 10 yards out to give the Musselman their first lead of the game at 21-14.

Parkersburg South quarterback Tyler Bolen, who finished 4 of 11 for 76 yards, drove the Patriot offense down the field, capping the drive with a 31 yard strike to Braxton Johnson. However, kicker Issac Boles missed the extra point leaving the Patriots one point short. Quiocho ended the game with 131 yards on 11 carries before he was ejected.

The Patriots look to rebound next week when they hit the road to take on University.