Athens Edges Out Parkersburg South On The Road

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Interceptions and turnovers didn’t stop the Athens Bulldogs (2-1) from stripping the Parkersburg South Patriots (1-2) from a win on the road. The Bulldogs defended their territory defeating the Patriots 26-16.

Within the first minute of the game, the Patriots intercepted an Athens pass on the 35-yard line but failed to score after turning possession over on downs. The first quarter consisted of fumbles and punts, resulting in no score the entire quarter.

Running back, Evan Adams, put the Bulldogs on the board first with an 8-yard rushing touchdown. A missed PAT left the score, 6-0.

The game came to a halt when Patriots defensive back, John Kinnaird, was injured and taken off the field by stretcher. Gameplay continued with just under 10 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter, 6-0 Athens.

The Patriots responded quickly after the delay of game and took the lead before Athens got too comfortable. A 45-yard rushing touchdown by running back, Nick Yoho with a good PAT gave the Patriots the lead, 6-7 Parkersburg South.

Evan Adams answered back yet again, this time with a 6-yard rushing touchdown. A rushing two-point conversion fail still left Athens with the lead, 12-7. The Patriots’ possession after the touchdown was short lived after a fumble recovery by Gauge Penrod on Parkersburg South’s 22-yard line.

Athens offensive line on fire, another touchdown was added to the board. Evan Adams with a 9-yard rushing touchdown with a good PAT left the score, 19-7.

Parkersburg South recovers a fumble by Athens and took possession of the ball on Athens’ 48-yard line. A quick 5-yard pass completed for a touchdown and a failed two-point conversion left the Patriots down at the half, 13-19.

The Patriots again recovered a fumble by Athens and took over on their own 28-yard line. In field goal position, the Patriots crept up on Athens, 19-16 just before the end of the 3rd quarter. But Athens’ own touchdown machine, Evan Adams, rushed in another 6-yard touchdown to secure the game 26-16.

Other Athens’ offensive weapons showed up today as well including quarterback Clay Davis with 90 rushing yards. Peyton Gail and Brayden Markins both totaled 45 receiving yards.

Athens playoff hopes are still very much alive and will face the Alexander Spartans on the road in Albany in two weeks.