Philip Barbour Colts remain unbeaten

PHILIPPI — Philip Barbour’s Marcus Johnson is the most successful coach in boys basketball history for the Colts with multiple sectional and regional crowns, along with several teams under his tenure making it to the Class AA tournament.

Johnson’s biggest fan, his mother, sidelined the Colts’ head coach for Friday’s game by leaving this world on the same day. The Colts mustered a home opener victory in her honor, dismantling Big 10 Conference rival Grafton by a count of 82-58.

Mrs. Scarlet Johnson was a beloved and retired Barbour County Schools service worker, having been a keeper of the grounds at Philippi Middle School during her tenure for the Bulldogs.

“We were all over the place and played well in the first quarter, we wanted to play well for Marcus,” PB assistant coach Rick Mouser said. “We jumped out early, and the team played really well.”

The Colts clobbered the visiting Bearcats with a 27-10 decision made in the first quarter. The Bearcats tried to make a difference by only being outscored 18-15 in the second period.

PB took a 20-point lead, 45-25, into the halftime locker room. Leaving no doubt, Philip Barbour peppered the Bearcats 21-13 in the third stanza.

Senior David Shriver shot for 19 points, and gathered 4 rebounds. Cole Whited wrangled in 16 points and 8 boards. Levi MacAdam made 13 points.

Nabbing 6 points each was Jed Hawkins, Will Knight, Noah Matlick and Mason Campbell.

Next up for PBHS (4-0) is a road game at Fairmont Senior on Friday.