CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It wasn't exactly the kind of game anyone was expecting, but South Charleston will take it just the same.
Kentre Grier threw for a pair of first-half touchdown passes and the Black Eagles held their lead despite going scoreless in the second half Friday night, settling for a 21-19 homecoming victory against grind-it-out Parkersburg.
The win will keep SC (4-2) into the top 16 of the Class AAA playoff ratings, as it entered the weekend at No. 15.
The Black Eagles looked like they might put up a carbon copy of last year's 41-21 shootout win against the Big Reds when they took two of their first three possessions and got Grier TD tosses for a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
But the offensive pace slowed considerably after that.
SC, averaging 45 points, was held to 270 net yards and Parkersburg, averaging 28 points, managed just 196 yards.
One of the TDs for the Big Reds (2-3) was a 12-yard interception return by Aaron Roberts and one of SC's scores was set up by a 20-yard interception runback by Marquel Hampton deep into Parkersburg's end. Another Black Eagles' touchdown followed a 47-yard kickoff return from L.K. Richmond.
All of those defensive doings allowed SC to protect its 21-12 halftime lead the rest of the night. A missed PAT kick after the Big Reds' first TD certainly helped matters.
"We just stepped it up the way we do every week,'' said South Charleston senior linebacker Jay Richardson. "We hold teams to their fewest points of the season. We do what we do every game.''
SC had seven tackles for loss and 14 more stops of Parkersburg ball-carriers for zero or one yard.
"It's football,'' said Black Eagles coach Donnie Mays. "Sometimes you're on and sometimes you're not. Offensively, we were struggling. The defense stepped it up and made a lot of plays for losses.
"But we also made some careless mistakes on offense. We dropped the ball a bunch. You can't put the ball in there any better than we were on some of those passes and we had some major drops on huge conversion downs. We weren't getting the conversions because of those drops.''
Grier completed 14 of 27 passes for 197 yards and two scores -- a 20-yard dart to Fred Crozier and a 21-yard hookup with Kevin Forrest.
However, Grier only threw for 24 yards in the second half as SC was limited to 43 net yards and three first downs following the break. The Black Eagles ran for only 75 yards on the night, but Grier had two crucial first-down gains at the end, enabling SC to run out the clock.
They appeared to miss lead running back A.D. Cunningham, who missed the game with a foot injury suffered in last week's overtime loss to Capital.