Catholic tops Webster County in shootout

Photo by Tyler Bennett Parkersburg Catholic’s Jeb Boice (10) carries the ball as teammate Jalen Brunny (44) blocks during a high school football game against Webster County Thursday at Stadium Field in Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — Jeb Boice’s big game helped Parkersburg Catholic keep its playoff hopes alive, as a 67-38 win over Webster County on Thursday ended their regular season at 6-4.

The Crusader faithful made their presence known at Parkersburg High School’s Stadium Field, as Senior Night ended on a high note. The 67-point outburst was tied for the second-highest-scoring game in PCHS history, as a 67-14 win on November 6, 1998 against defunct Marsh Fork was the last time they put up that kind of production.

Now, the Crusaders must wait and see if their season will continue. They came into this contest ranked at No. 17 in Class A, and the win gives them hope to potentially play another week. A large group of seniors were celebrated before kickoff, and Boice was glad to see his regular season PCHS football career end on a positive.

“It feels great to go out and get another hopeful playoff berth on Senior Night,” Boice said after he contributed to six total touchdowns on the night. “I love this school, and I love this community. It feels good to get a win in front of them.”

The frigid night made for a near-absence of the kicking game, as both offenses went for two when given the opportunity. After Boice scored from 14 yards away, Xavier Collie found him for the first of many successful conversion attempts in the game. That was part of what made the game so high-scoring, but it was also thanks to the likes of Boice, Collie, Jalen Brunny and Ethan Lang. Already up 20 with less than five minutes left in the first half, Collie timed the snap perfectly on a Conner Bell punt attempt and scored after he scooped it up off a block to widen the gap between the two squads. A continued attack from Kadin Wright, Reece Nutter and Dawson Tharp made for more offensive fireworks, but the Crusaders were just too much for those three to handle. Boice managed 228 yards on the ground, and Brunny totaled 118 on fewer carries. That rushing tandem spelled doom for the Highlanders, as head coach Lance Binegar’s PCHS team has a week to prepare for a potential playoff clash. Binegar says that off-time gives the team an opportunity to work on what they may need to improve.

“It was good. I was very pleased with what happened. I’ll tell you what though, we definitely gave up too many points,” he said. “We’ll work on that on our bye week and hopefully get ready for the playoffs. I’m pretty sure we’re in, unless something crazy happens.”

If Binegar’s wish comes true, it will be the second year in a row the upstart program will crash the playoff party in Class A. Binegar’s first season ended at 0-8, and he has delivered results since that point. When asked about how far this team and program have come, Binegar was happy to look back on the steps taken to get to this point.

“When you go from 0-8 to two years in a row of going to the playoffs, it’s good for the community,” he said. “It’s a big step for us.”

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com