Mason County hits the road again


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Point Pleasant defenders Grant Safford (37) and John Sommer (12) close in on Lincoln County quarterback Jake Ashley during a first quarter carry in a Week 1 football contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


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Point Pleasant Big Blacks (3-0) at Logan Wildcats (2-1)

Last Game: Point Pleasant defeated Wayne 64-8 in Wayne; Logan defeated Lincoln County 42-12 in Hamlin.

Last Meeting between teams: September 19, 2014. Point Pleasant won 63-8 at PPHS.

Current head-to-head streak: Point has won 3 straight.

PPHS Offense Last Game: 476 rushing yards, 59 passing yards.

LHS Offense Last Week: 283 rushing yards, 184 passing yards.

PPHS Offensive Leaders Last Game: QB Cason Payne 2-3-0 37, TD; RB Cody Mitchell 9-188, 2 TD; WR Jason Wamsley 2-22.

LHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: QB Alex Toler 5-13-0 147, TD; RB Matthew Cox 19-206, 3 TDs; WR Matthew Cox 2-103, TD.

PPHS Defense Last Game: 151 rushing yards, 74 passing yards.

LHS Defense Last Week: (N/A) rushing yards, (N/A) passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. The Big Blacks have 60-or-more points in each of their first three games this year, while the Wildcats have yet to top the 50-point plateau this fall. Both teams have defeated Lincoln County by sizable spreads, as PPHS claimed a 62-7 decision in the season opener. Neither program has yet to record a defensive shutout.

2. This will be the first game played on the new field turf at Logan Stadium. The Wildcats — who last defeated PPHS back in 2007 — will also be making their 2015 home debut and will honor their 2015 Hall of Fame inductees before the contest.

3. If the season ended today, both PPHS and Logan would be in the playoffs. The Big Blacks currently sit sixth in the Class AAA rankings, while the Wildcats are 13th overall. The winner is likely to receive a nice boost in next week’s tabulations.

4. PPHS senior Cody Mitchell became the program’s all-time leading rusher last week with his 188-yard rushing performance. Mitchell, who has verbally committed to Marshall, now has 3,369 rushing yards in his career, breaking the 17-year-old mark held by Dusty Higginbotham.

5. Through three games, the Big Blacks have outscored opponents by a 96-15 margin in the first half. PPHS has rushed for 1,341 yards and has 1,548 yards of total offense thus far. Conversely, Point’s defense has surrendered only 220 yards on the ground — with 151 of those coming last week at Wayne.

Wahama White Falcons (1-2, 0-2) at Belpre Golden Eagles (1-2, 1-1)

Last Week: Wahama lost to Southern 13-6 in Racine; Belpre defeated Federal Hocking 46-7 in Stewart.

Last Meeting: September 12, 2014. Wahama won 34-20 in Mason.

Current head-to-head streak: Wahama has won 5 straight.

WHS Offense Last Week: 77 rushing yards, 149 passing yards.

BHS Offense Last Week: 392 rushing yards, 35 passing yards.

WHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: QB Philip Hoffman 10-20-1 149, TD; RB Colton Arrington 13-74; WR Jared Nutter 7-84.

BHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: QB Tavian Miller 2-4-0 35 yds, 2 TDs; RB Matthew Colvin 18-131, 2 TDs; WR Deijon Bedgood 2-35, 2 TDs.

WHS Defense Last Week: 129 rushing yards, 115 passing yards.

BHS Defense Last Week; 55 rushing yards, 99 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. The Golden Eagles enter Friday fresh off their first win of the 2015 campaign, but BHS has still been outscored by a 67-52 overall margin this fall. Belpre’s other losses, however, are to unbeaten Fort Frye (26-6) and one-loss Trimble (34-0).

2. Wahama has outscored opponents by a slim 48-47 overall clip, but the White Falcons have mustered only six points in their last two games after posting a resounding 42-0 win versus Ravenswood in the season opener at Bachtel Stadium.

3. Wahama currently sits 22nd overall in the Class A playoff rankings, leaving them in a somewhat unknown position over the last few years. The White Falcons have appeared in the postseason during each of the last six years, which includes a state championship (2012) and two other Final Four appearances (2010-11).

4. Belpre also has admirations of making a repeat postseason appearance after finishing eighth a year ago in the Division VI, Region 21 bracket. BHS — which dropped to Division VII this year — currently sits tied for 18th in the Region 25 bracket and hasn’t had a repeat playoff appearance since the 1987-88 campaigns.

5. The last time Wahama lost three straight games in the same season occurred back in 2008 during a 6-4 campaign. Wahama has never lost more than two league games in any season since becoming members of the TVC Hocking back in 2010.

Hannan Wildcats (0-2) at Frontier Cougars (1-2)

Last Week: Hannan lost to Green 36-18 in Franklin Furnace; Frontier lost to Buckeye Trail 39-6 in Lore City.

Last Meeting: (N/A).

Current head-to-head streak: (N/A).

HHS Offense Last Week: (N/A) rushing yards, (N/A) passing yards.

FHS Offense Last Week: (N/A) rushing yards, (N/A) passing yards.

HHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: (N/A).

FHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: (N/A).

HHS Defense Last Week: (N/A) rushing yards, (N/A) passing yards.

FHS Defense Last Week: (N/A) rushing yards, (N/A) passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. Frontier’s lone victory of the year came in Week 2 during a 30-20 decision at Racine Southern. The Cougars also lost 44-14 to Shenandoah in the season opener at home. FHS has been outscored 103-50 through three weeks of play, but the Cougars have also scored in each of their three contests.

2. The Wildcats have been outscored 86-30 in two games this fall, but have also posted double-digit points in each of those losses. HHS mustered double digits offensively the same number of times during all of the 2014 campaign.

3. Hannan is in some pretty elite company in the current Class A playoff rankings, although none of the teams really want to be where they are. The Wildcats are tied for 33rd place with the likes of Madonna, Doddridge County, Parkersburg Catholic, Tygarts Valley and Valley-Fayette.

4. Frontier has three playoff appearances in school history, which ran consecutively from 2002 through 2004. The Cougars, however, have managed only three non-losing seasons since their last postseason berth. FHS had winning seasons in 2009 at 7-3 and last fall at 6-4, and also finished 5-5 back in 2010.

5. The Wildcats have dropped a dozen consecutive decisions, dating back to a season-ending victory over Hundred (46-0) back in 2013. HHS also defeated Hundred by a 56-0 margin that same year, they played twice, in a Week 2 game for its last road victory.

Point Pleasant defenders Grant Safford (37) and John Sommer (12) close in on Lincoln County quarterback Jake Ashley during a first quarter carry in a Week 1 football contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_9.18-PP-Sommer.jpgPoint Pleasant defenders Grant Safford (37) and John Sommer (12) close in on Lincoln County quarterback Jake Ashley during a first quarter carry in a Week 1 football contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

bwalters@civitasmedia.com

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