PARKERSBURG - Logan Cox scored four touchdowns and host Parkersburg South tallied 20 points off four first-half Brooke turnovers Friday night inside the Erickson All-Sports Facility as the Patriots improved to 5-3 by rolling past the Bruins, 53-27.
Jordan Quiocho's 3-yard touchdown run followed by Isaac Boles' extra point at 8:40 of the first quarter put the Patriots ahead quickly, but Brooke answered with a 1-yard sneak from quarterback Alec Buchmelter just 49 seconds later to even the contest.
However, the Patriots (5-3) ended up taking a 34-7 advantage into intermission and actually scored 33 unanswered points against the Bruins, who fell to 1-6 and are set to entertain Weir next Friday night.
Cox, who finished with 165 yards rushing on nine attempts, hit paydirt on a 55-yard scamper at 6:20 of the first to put the hosts ahead for good. After Patriot Tyler Rouse picked off Buchmelter, who threw three and was eventually replaced by Aaron Walker, Braxton Johnson hauled in a 23-yard scoring pass from Tyler Bolen. Bolen missed just one of his first nine aerials and had 157 yards in that span. He finished the game 14 of 20 for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
Johnson's reception gave the now 15th-ranked Class AAA Patriots - who take next week off before returning to action on Oct. 26 at home against Wheeling Park - a 20-7 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
Although Cody Hively had a diving interception to end Brooke's ensuing drive, the Patriots missed a field goal. However, Brendan Schwendeman then recovered a Brooke fumble and Cox galloped 39 yards for his second score. After Cox picked off Buchmelter for the third time, the Patriots took a commanding 34-7 advantage with 5:20 left before halftime when Cox took it in from the 9.
Parkersburg South 53, Brooke 27
Brooke 7 0 7 13 - 27
Parkersrbug South 20 14 6 13 - 53
PS: Quiocho 3 run (Boles kick)
B: Buchmelter 1 run (Schwertfeger kick)
PS: Cox 55 run (Boles kick)
PS: Johnson 23 pass from Bolen (kick failed)
PS: Cox 39 run (Boles kick)
PS: Cox 9 run (Boles kick)
PS: Mitchem 11 pass from Bolen (kick failed)
B: Loughrie 42 run (Schwertfeger kick)
PS: Cox 5 run (Boles kick)
B: Morris 11 run (Schwertfeger kick)
PS: Cody Smith 36 run (run failed)
B: Staffileno 68 pass from Walker (kick failed)
RUSHING: Brooke 38-223 (Alec Buchmelter 4-9, Aaron Walker 7-29, Justin Loughrie 20-155, Zac Morris 5-35, Team 1-(-1), Heath Hildreth 1-(-4); South 33-295 (Tyler Bolen 2-2, Braxton Johnson 3-17, Logan Cox 9-165, Cody Hively 2-0, Jordan Quiocho 7-23, Brendan Schwendeman 2-12, Cody Smith 2-41, Gage Foutty 6-35).
PASSING: Brooke 7-20-134-0-3x (Buchmelter 3-14-35-0-3x, Walker 4-6-99-1-0); South 14-20-221-1-0 (all by Bolen)
RECEIVING: Brooke (Cole 2-17, Staffileno 1-68-td, Wallace 3-42, Loughrie 1-7; South (Johnson 8-147, Braniff 2-30, Smith 1-14, Quiocho 1-(-1), Mitchem 1-11, Cox 1-20).
FIRST DOWNS: Brooke 17; South 21
PENALTIES: Brooke 7-49; South 4-20
FUMBLES: Brooke 1-1; South 3-0.
Brooke, which was led by freshman Justin Loughrie's 20 carries and 155 yards rushing, had its next to last drive of the first half thwarted when Patriot Logan Dilliner registered a sack.
Bolen found Wes Mitchem open for an 11-yard TD toss as Parkersburg South, which got eight catches and 147 stripes receiving from Johnson, scored on its opening possession of the second half and increased its lead to 40-7.
Loughrie broke free on a 42-yard TD run late in the third, but Cox answered just six seconds into the final period with his fourth touchdown, this one from 5 yards out.
The Bruins, who trailed in total yards by a count of 302-85 at intermission, got two six-pointers in the fourth quarter. Zac Morris had an 11-yard touchdown run and Aaron Walker hit Joe Staffileno on a 68-yard catch-and-run touchdown.