CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It was senior night at Riverside High as the Warriors hosted Parkersburg in their season finale Friday evening. But it was Big Reds senior Chandler Hamilton who most enjoyed the evening.
With his team trailing 7-0 and less than 30 seconds before the half, Hamilton scored the tying touchdown and added the go-ahead score early in the third quarter to help lead Parkersburg to a 25-7 win over the Warriors.
Parkersburg (3-6) earned its first win over a West Virginia school this season and will prepare for its season finale next week on the road against rival Parkersburg South. Riverside finished at 1-9.
"We're not real big and we're not real physical and we hurt ourselves sometimes," said Big Reds Coach Don Reeves. "But we made the best of some of our opportunities tonight. We could have done better, but we'll take the win."
After a scoreless first quarter, Riverside got on the board with 1:10 remaining in the half when senior back Will Jackson plowed in from 1 yard out. Senior Derik Chestnut's extra point made it 7-0.
Jackson finished with 111 tough yards on 27 carries.
Parkersburg came to life on its ensuing possession, however, by driving 50 yards in 34 seconds, culminating in Hamilton's first touchdown on the Big Reds' version of the hook and lateral play.
With the ball resting on the Warriors 21-yard line, Big Reds quarterback Aaron Roberts connected with junior receiver Stephen Dailey at the Warriors' 15. As the defense closed in, Dailey pitched to an open Hamilton, who scored untouched.
"We call it a catch and pitch," Reeves said. "You practice things like that all year and sometimes it arises and it works. It was big for us to get that score right before the half and put us in a more positive mood right before the half."
The Big Reds' mood improved on its first possession of the second half.
After forcing a three-and-out by the Warriors, Hamilton darted in from 63 yards on the Big Reds' first play, to make it 13-7.
Parkersburg, which finished with 190 rushing yards on 39 tries, was led by Corey Burdette's 111 yards on 22 carries, while Hamilton finished with 81 yards on six tries.