Prep football: Big Reds keep St. Albans winless
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. - Parkersburg High's offense struggled mightily in a shutout loss at Huntington last weekend in which the Big Reds amassed just 198 total yards while turning the football over seven times.
On Friday evening the Big Reds travelled to St. Albans looking to rebound from the sluggish offensive performance against the winless Red Dragons.
And after another slow start, Parkersburg did just that in riding workhorse senior running back Adam Lindamood to a 42-22 win at Crawford Field.
A Red Dragons homecoming crowd looked on as the Big Reds improved to 3-2, while St. Albans dropped to 0-5.
Lindamood rushed for 259 yards and four touchdowns, including 217 yards and three scores on just five second half carries.
Parkersburg led just 14-6 at the half before Lindamood's second half heroics.
Lindamood darted 72-yards for a score on the first play of the second half and added a 97-yard scoring run the next time he touched the ball to give the Big Reds a 28-14 lead with 2:35 left in the third quarter.
Lindamood's 97-yard score was the longest TD run in Big Reds history, eclipsing a 95-yard run by his grandfather, Fred Earley, during the 1940 season.
Lindamood had just 268 yards and four touchdowns through the Big Reds' first four games.
"Our line did a fantastic job opening holes for us in the second half," said Lindamood. "The holes were big enough for a train to go through. I just happened to hit the hole and make a good cut and get up the field.
"They were running weird stunts with their defensive line, things we hadn't seen before, and it took a while to get used to it for us to execute well."
Junior running back Chandler Hamilton also had a big evening for Parkersburg, finishing with 107 yards and touchdown on 18 carries.
"We know that we're young and a little inexperienced up front, but we also feel we have two of the better backs in the state with Chandler Hamilton and Adam Lindamood so we just wanted to put the ball in their hands," said Parkersburg Coach Don Reeves. "We found out that we couldn't move them very much up front and also we knew with our formations we could get them where we wanted them and actually run the backside or weakside.
"Once you get Lindamood and Chandler outside, they're really dangerous."
St. Albans, which was coming off of an emotional, last second home loss to cross-river rival Nitro last weekend, started the scoring when Drew Kirby barreled in for a score from two yards out to give the Red Dragons a 6-0 lead with 2:32 left in the first quarter.
A 79-yard pass from Noah Reed to Dakota Kelly was the key play in the four play, 83-yard drive.
In the second quarter Hamilton scored from four yards out and Lindamood scored his first touchdown on a 16-yard jaunt to give Parkersburg its halftime lead.
Kirby scored his second TD of the evening with a 29-yard run sandwiched between Lindamood's two long scoring runs to keep the Red Dragons in the contest.
SA's Michael Cain trimmed the lead to 28-22 on a four-yard TD run with 9:54 left in the fourth quarter, but the Big Reds answered with a one-yard run by Aaron Roberts and Lindamood's fourth TD, this one from 30 yard out, to close the scoring.
Kirby led the Red Dragons with 89 yards on 22 carries, while Cain finished with 59 bruising yards on 13 tries.
Reed tallied 203 passing yards on 16-of-30 passing and a pair of interceptions by the Big Reds' Kwante Johnson.
For SA Coach Steve Stoffel, Jr., the loss was another disappointing setback, but the first-year coach is also seeing his team make steady progress.
"We're trying to change a philosophy and an attitude here and we're getting closer," said Stoffel, Jr. "Our kids haven't given up and we're not giving up on them. We're going to get ready and go again next week."
The biggest struggle for the Red Dragons so far is finding consistency for four quarters.
"If we could ever play four quarters like we played two to two and half quarters tonight we can be a pretty good football team," said Stoffel, Jr. "I'm excited to see us play as a real football team for four quarters.
"It's a slow process and we're trying to bring some success back here. Slowly but surely we're starting to change these kids a little bit and they're starting to believe in themselves.
"We're going to be in here Sunday getting ourselves ready to play another football next week and I sure as heck hope next Friday night is our night. If it's not, we'll be back in there the following week to go at it again."
PARKERSBURG 42, ST. ALBANS 22
Parkersburg St. Albans
First downs 13 19
Total yards 431 361
Rushes-yards 40-350 45-158
Passing yards 81 203
Comp-Att-Int 7-15-0 16-30-2
Punts-Avg. 6-37.8 6-32.3
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-yards 8-64 8-56
Parkersburg 0 14 14 14 -- 42
St. Albans 6 0 8 8 -- 22
SA - Drew Kirby 2 run (kick failed) 2:32
P - Chandler Hamilton 4 run (Codey Roney kick) 10:16
P - Adam Lindamood 16 run (Roney kick) 2:57
P - Lindamood 72 run (Roney kick) 11:41
SA - Kirby 29 run (Cole Medley pass from Noah Reed) 7:55
P - Lindamood 97 run (Roney kick) 2:21
SA - Michael Cain 4 run (Kyle Boles pass from Reed) 9:54
P - Aaron Roberts 1 run (Roney kick) 7:53
P - Lindamood 30 run (Roney kick) 4:51
Rushing: Parkersburg - Lindamood 13-259, Hamilton 18-107, Aaron Roberts 9-(-16); SA - Kirby 22-89, Cain 13-59, Reed 10-10.
Passing: Parkersburg - Roberts 7-15-0, 81 yards. SA - Reed 16-30-2, 211.
Receiving: Parkersburg - Dylan Thomas 1-5, Daniel Fox 2-4, Lantz Hoyler 1-4, Kwante Johnson 2-46, Hamilton 1-22; SA - Dakota 2-86, Kirby 1-7, Tyler Robinson 1-19, Cole Medley 9-79, Kyle Boles 1-3, Jacob Grigsby 2-9.