PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg Catholic gave up two long touchdown runs, but countered with three Payton Sturm TDs and took advantage of five Pocahontas County turnovers to down the visiting Warriors 20-14 Saturday afternoon at Stadium Field.
All the Crusader scoring came in the second quarter on a trio of Sturm 6-point runs from 1, 4 and 57 yards out along with a pair of extra-point kicks by Peter Keiser, while the visiting Warriors, now 0-2, got 55 and 49-yard dashes to paydirt from Kyler Doss, who netted 185 yards rushing in the game.
An interception by Nick Roedersheimer at the Catholic 10 stifled a Pocahontas scoring threat at the five-minute mark of the first period.
Then a Jake Boice fumble recovery, one of three in the game by the Crusaders, at the 50 at 3:19 of the opening quarter set up the initial Catholic TD, with Sturm diving a yard over the right side for a 7-0 lead at the 10:19 mark of the second stanza.
But the Warriors responded quickly as Doss, from his own 45, took off on a sweep, then cut back inside and weaved his way open back across the middle to break free and scooted into the end zone for a 7-7 tie at 9:30 of the second quarter.
After Boice broke through the line to scamper 53 yards to Pocahontas 15, Mitch Davis picked up five and then six yards to the 4, from where Sturm swept right behind his blocking and into the end zone at 1:45 of the second stanza for a 14-7 Catholic lead.
At Stadium Field, Parkersburg
Parkersburg Catholic 20, Pocahontas County 14
Pocahontas (0-2) 0 7 0 7 - 14
Catholic (1-1) 0 20 0 0 - 20
C: Payton Sturm 1 run (Peter Keiser kick), 10:19, 2nd
P: Keler Doss 55 run (Devin Rose kick), 9:30, 2nd
C: Sturm 4 run (Keiser kick), 1:45, 2nd
C: Sturm 57 run (kick blocked), 55.2 seconds, 2nd
P: Doss 49 run (Rose kick), 4:51, 4th
Pocahontas: First downs: 11; Rushes-yards: 34-193; Passing yards: 25: Total yards: 218; Passing 1-11-2; Punts-average: 4-34.25; Fumbles-Lost: 5-3; Penalties-yards: 4-25
Catholic: First downs: 11; Rushes-yards: 48-227; Passing yards: 16: Total yards: 243: Passing: 3-6-0; Punts-average: 7-31.0; Fumbles-lost: 4-1; Penalties-yards: 7-67
Pocahontas: Rushing: Kyler Doss 21-185, 2 TDs; Devin Rose, 6-19; Passing: Doss 0-3-1; Rose 1-3-0, 25 yards; Wesley Felton 0-5-1; Receiving: Doss 1-25
Catholic: Rushing: Mitch Davis 13-75; Payton Sturm 14-61, 3 TDs; Jake Boice 10-75; Charles Schriner 5-18; Passing: Sturm 3-5-0, 16 yards; Davis 0-1-0; Receiving: Nick Roedersheimer 1-15; C. Schriner 1-4
Next game: Pocahontas County at Pendleton County Friday; St. Marys at Parkersburg Catholic (Stadium Field) 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Sturm recovered a Warrior fumble on the ensuing kickoff with 1:41 to go before halftime at the Pocahontas 38, but just one play was run before the officials stopped the game at the 1:29 mark after lightning was sighted. An hour later when the game was resumed, the second play saw Sturm take off to the right, then cut back through a gaping hole in the middle and was gone 57 yards right up the middle of the field into the end zone with 55.2 seconds to go until halftime for a 20-7 margin.
Roedersheimer pounced on another Warrior bobble at 7:51 of a scoreless third quarter, but the Crusaders returned the favor with five minutes left to play in the game, setting up Doss' 49-yard TD dash. Doss was hemmed and caught almost several times, but escaped from all the perils and rambled in for the score at 4:51, narrowing the gap to 20-14.
But Pocahontas got a final shot at winning, taking possession at 2:43 at its own 23 and, on 4th-and-17, got a 25-yard completion to midfield along with a 15-yard penalty versus the Crusaders on the play to put the pigskin at the Catholic 34 with less than a minute remaining.
Davis intercepted, though, inside the Crusader 30 with 47.8 seconds left to enable the Crusaders to square their season slate at 1-1.
Boice and Davis each rushed for 75 yards for Catholic, which hosts St. Marys at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday, while Sturm ran for 61 total yards.
''Really, we just gave up two big plays, and we paid dearly for that,'' said Crusader head coach Jeff Campbell.
On what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown by Sturm after starting play following the lightning delay, Campbell said that ''right before the break when we went to the locker room for the lightning, we saw something - an adjustment that they were making to something we do. We did a pretty good job of picking that up and, best of all, it worked.''
''Overall though,'' Campbell concluded, ''I was pretty happy; we did a good job today.''
Calhoun County 46, Sherman 26
MT. ZION - Logan Moore ran for one touchdown and finished with 26 carries for 249 yards to help lead Calhoun County to a 46-26 victory here Friday night against visiting Sherman.
Aaron Lowe had kickoff returns for touchdowns from 79 and 78 yards for Sherman, which fell to 0-2.
Trent Phillips had a 3-yard scoring run while Cole Ritchie had TDs from 2 and 5 yards out for the Red Devils, who improved to 2-0 and welcome Doddridge County to town next Friday.
Kirkland Allen had a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the victors, who also had Joseph Richards catch a 25-yard TD strike from Moore.
Federal Hocking 16,
STEWART, Ohio - Terrance Mayle's 27-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter enabled host Federal Hocking to post a 16-14 triumph over Waterford in prep football action Friday night.
After a scoreless opening period, Waterford (1-1) staked itself to a 7-0 lead on Brian Moore's 10-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Porter. Moore kicked the extra point.
The Lancers came back, though, and tied the score on Delbert Crum's 4-yard run to paydirt. Mayle made the PAT.
Federal Hocking then took a 13-7 halftime lead on Kyle Jackson's 19-yard scoring strike to Kevin Santiago.
In the third quarter, Waterford's Derek Brown scored on a 65-yard TD run, and Moore's kick gave the Wildcats a 14-13 advantage.
The only scoring in the fourth quarter was Mayle's game-winning field goal.
Brown finished with 84 rushing yards on 12 carries. Hunter Munjas added 67 yards on 12 attempts.