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PARKERSBURG – The more things change, the more they stay the same for Parkersburg High School head coach Mike Byus.
The 2021 campaign was more than testing not only Big Red players, but coaching staff as well.
Now the 2-4 Big Reds have a Mountain State Athletic Conference showdown at 7:30 p.m. Friday at No.8 South Charleston (4-1).
“They are damn good” Byus said of head coach Donnie Mays’s Black Eagles, who are coached by double-threat caller Trey Dunn.
Not only do the Big Reds have to worry about Dunn, running back Mondrell Dean as well as wide offensives Chris McCorkle and Wayne Harris, but PHS will be without linebacker Zach Howard, who is the team’s main tackle.
“No chance,” Byus said Howard was available this week.
PHS, who brought back running back / linebacker Mike Xadrian Snodgrass in last week’s 42-30 home loss to Hurricane at Stadium Field where the Redskins were down 30-27 at the end of the third, will also have the wide receiver. Anthony Ice back in the fold.
“He played mostly on offense, but he played more on defense after Zach got injured,” Byus said of Snodgrass. “It made him tired for the offense because he hadn’t played.
“We tried not to use it both ways, but Zach got injured. We were playing seven kids in defense who started JV’s opener this year. It’s a fact.”
Snodgrass (22-103) and Bryson Singer (23-148) each surpassed the milestone of the century on the pitch last week. The Big Reds will need to use quarterback David Parsons in hopes of scoring goals and keeping the SC offense off the field.
“Well, we’ll try not to return it at key times”, Byus said something his team needs to start doing. “The safety of the ball is enormous.
“I’m just trying to have a cohesive group of kids so that we can practice week to week so that we can really progress on things from the previous week.”
The coach admitted the injuries “It’s a huge problem when you have ongoing injuries like we’ve had. You just have to aspire and keep moving. That’s all we can do.
“We are quite young. We are young everywhere right now. This is our biggest problem. This is a black and blue lecture and when you play with a bunch of sophomores… we start 10 sophomores.
Approaching essential territory to maintain their five-season playoff streak, Coach Byus remains optimistic.
“I can’t fault this,” he said of the team’s attitude. “It’s not their fault that they had 1,000 injuries. As a trainer you always want the best of them and keep pushing and pushing and trying to get the most out of them.
“These are just unforeseen circumstances and unforeseen moments. Dude, just crazy. I never thought we would have to deal with this level of injury.
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