Blue Devils host Point


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Point Pleasant coach Dave Darst, center, looks over his troops during a first quarter timeout in a Week 1 football contest against Lincoln County at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


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Point Pleasant Big Blacks (4-0) at Gallia Academy Blue Devils (0-4)

Last Game: Point Pleasant defeated Logan 57-7 in Logan; Gallia Academy lost to Marietta 21-12 in Gallipolis.

Last Meeting between teams: September 26, 2014. Point Pleasant won 58-3 in Point Pleasant.

Current head-to-head streak: Point Pleasant has won 1 straight

PPHS offense last week: 417 rushing yards, 98 passing yards.

GAHS offense last game: 97 rushing yards, 224 passing yards.

PPHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cason Payne 3-3, 49 yards, TD; RB Cody Mitchell 14 carries, 195 yards, 5TDs; WR Jordan Cunningham 2 receptions, 41 yards, TD.

GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Kole Carter 10-30, 224 yards, TD, INT; RB Kole Carter 20 carries, 80 yards, TD; WR Matt Bailey 4 receptions, 119 yards.

PPHS defense last week: 131 rushing yards, 165 passing yards.

GAHS defense last game: 295 rushing yards, 66 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. This will be the 81st meeting between GAHS and Point, with the Blue Devils owning a 40-35-5 overall edge in the Battle for the Bridge rivalry. The Big Blacks posted the largest margin of victory (55 points) last fall in any of the 80 previous matchups and PPHS hasn’t won back-to-back games over Gallia Academy since the 1996-98 campaigns.

2. Point Pleasant — which currently sits fifth in the Class AAA playoff rankings —has outscored opponents by a 247-28 overall margin this fall, including a sizable 133-15 edge before halftime. The Blue Devils, conversely, have been outscored 108-50 this year.

3. Neither team has posted a shutout this year, but the Big Blacks have yet to allow more than eight points in any one contest while scoring at least 57 points in each game. GAHS has yet to score more than 13 points in any game, but the Blue Devils have also allowed more than 27 points only once this fall.

4. This week will be Point Pleasant’s third consecutive road game as part of a four-game road trip. The Big Blacks — who have won 27 straight regular season contests — haven’t won at Memorial Field since posting a 27-14 decision back in 1997. GAHS will be playing its second straight home game after starting the year with three road games, but the Blue Devils have lost two straight at Memorial Field and five of their last seven overall.

5. Gallia Academy will be honoring Chad Barnes, Mark Berkich, Teresa Combs, Robby Skidmore and Mike Wood at halftime as the Class of 2015 for the GAHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Federal Hocking Lancers (0-4, 0-3) at Wahama White Falcons (1-3, 0-3)

Last Week: Federal Hocking lost to Eastern 39-8 in Tuppers Plains; Wahama lost to Belpre 44-6 in Belpre.

Last Meeting: September 26, 2014 Wahama won 40-14 in Stewart.

Current head-to-head streak: Wahama has won 6 straight

FHHS offense last week: 43 rushing yards, 143 passing yards.

WHS offense last week: 86 rushing yards, 61 passing yards.

FHHS offensive leaders last week: QB AJ Cobb 6-16, 99 yards, INT; RB AJ Cobb 13 carries, 29 yards; WR Devon Robinson 3 receptions, 108 yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Philip Hoffman 3-5, 61 yards, TD, 2INTs; RB Colton Arrington 14 carries, 38 yards; WR Ricky Kearns 1 reception, 64 yards, TD.

FHHS defense last week: 269 rushing yards, 131 passing yards.

WHS defense last week: 328 rushing yards, 59 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. After a two-week road trip that resulted in two losses by a combined 57-12 margin, the White Falcons return home looking to snap a the program’s first three-game losing skid since the 2008 campaign.

2. The White Falcons currently sit 27th in the Class A playoff rankings and have been outscored by a 91-54 overall margin this fall, which includes a 91-12 discrepancy over the last three weeks of play. WHS does have one shutout to its credit this year.

3. The Lancers are being outscored by a 174-42 overall margin this year, but Fed Hock has produced points in each of its four setbacks. The Lancers are 0-2 in roads games and have allowed at least 39 points in each of their four contests.

4. The 2008 season was the last time that Wahama dropped four straight decisions. The White Falcons started that year 6-0.

5. Federal Hocking last defeated Wahama during Week 2 of the 2006 campaign, a 14-7 decision at Bachtel Stadium. That was also the only time in school history that the Lancers qualified for the playoffs.

Point Pleasant coach Dave Darst, center, looks over his troops during a first quarter timeout in a Week 1 football contest against Lincoln County at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_9.25-PP-Darst.jpgPoint Pleasant coach Dave Darst, center, looks over his troops during a first quarter timeout in a Week 1 football contest against Lincoln County at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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