Linsly runs past Patriots

PARKERSBURG – Linsly waltzed into the Erickson All-Sports Facility here Friday night and ran over host Parkersburg South as the Cadets improved to 2-0 following their 33-14 victory.

Parkersburg South, now 1-1 with a home affair set for next Friday versus Morgantown, was held to just 98 total yards.

The Cadets received 104 yards rushing on a dozen attempts from quarterback Jameson Murray and teammate Chimechi Oparanozie toted the pigskin 22 times for 181 stripes.

The visitors did everything possible to keep PSHS tailback Brendan Schwendeman in check throughout the affair and it worked to perfection. Schwendeman, who rushed for more than 400 yards last week at Ripley, was held to just 25 yards on 11 totes. Teammate Cody Smith, who scored the final six-pointer of the game from 2 yards out as the buzzer sounded on the third quarter, led the Patriots with 39 yards on five attempts.

Parkersburg South had the same problems this week as last Friday night where first-year head coach Mike Eddy’s team just couldn’t contain the quarterback or get off the field in pivotal third down situations. Linsly’s first third down chance on its opening drive resulted in a 12-yard gain by Murray on a third-and-7 play. Murray, after hitting Isaiah Harvin for 18 yards and Zeke Scherich for 14 more, capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown sweep and Linsly took the lead for good at 6-0 with 6:24 left in the opening stanza.

Following a Patriot three-and-out, the Cadets worked quickly and drove 77 yards in just 2:45. Eric Dodd hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Murray and after Zak Kriechbaum booted the extra point the hosts trailed 13-0 at 1:59 of the first.

Linsly, which heads to Martins Ferry next week, gave PSHS life when a punt hit one of its players and the Patriots recovered at the Cadet 25. On the first play, signal-caller Garrett Gilkeson hooked up with Brandon Moss on a 25-yard sideline route and the Patriots trailed 13-7 with 5.3 ticks left in the first after Franklin Miller’s extra point was true.

After that, the Patriots had their next drive end when Cadet Hayden Gaus picked off Gilkeson. Linsly then marched 80 yards in 6:02, while converting a quartet of third downs, and led 19-7 at the half when Oparanozie bulled in from the 2.

Linsly took the second half kickoff and made it 26-7 when Jay Mascara scored from 13 yards out. Kriechbaum’s 39-yard reception from Murray was the key play on the drive.

Oparanozie took a stretch play to the house from 50 yards away on the Cadets’ next series as the hosts found themselves trailing 33-7 with 6:13 left in the third.

The Patriots’ last score was set up when Logan Snyder recovered a fumble.

Linsly finished with 394 total yards with 286 of those coming on the ground via 45 rushing attempts.