Wahama hosts Tomcats


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Point Pleasant junior Jason Wamsley (13) tries to avoid an ankle tackle during a Week 1 contest against Lincoln County at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


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Trimble Tomcats (4-1, 4-0) at Wahama White Falcons (2-3, 1-3)

Last Week: Trimble defeated Miller 56-14 in Glouster; Wahama defeated Federal Hocking 31-15 in Mason.

Last Meeting: October 3, 2014 Trimble won 42-0 in Glouster.

Current head-to-head streak: Trimble has won 2 straight.

THS offense last week: 358 rushing yards, 50 passing yards.

WHS offense last week: 121 rushing yards, 121 passing yards.

THS offensive leaders last week: QB Andrew Losey 5-14, 50 yards, TD, INT; RB Justice Jenkins 23 carries, 249 yards, 4TDs; WR Jacob Hardy 2 receptions, 31 yards, TD.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Philip Hoffman 8-14, 121 yards; RB Jared Nutter 10 carries, 60 yards, 4TDs; WR Jared Nutter 5 receptions, 56 yards.

THS defense last week: 132 rushing yards, 112 passing yards.

WHS defense last week: 107 rushing yards, 85 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. Wahama currently sits 24th in the latest Class A rankings with a 3.0 rating, a full two rating points behind current No. 16 Wirt County (5.0). The Tomcats are currently third in the Division VII, Region 25 bracket in the Ohio playoff rankings.

2. The White Falcons have been outscored by a 106-85 overall margin this fall, including a 106-43 clip withing TVC Hocking play. Trimble, conversely, has outscored opponents by a 183-70 overall margin and owns a 163-44 edge in TVC Hocking contests.

3. The winner of this contest has gone on to win the TVC Hocking championship every year since Wahama joined the league back in the fall of 2010. In fact, the White Falcons own the last league win over the Tomcats following a 25-12 decision at Bachtel Stadium in Week 2 of the 2012 campaign. Trimble has since won 27 consecutive TVC Hocking contests.

4. Wahama owns a 2-1 mark in games at Bachtel Stadium this season, while the Tomcats are a perfect 2-0 on the road. All four of Trimble’s wins have come against opponents with at least one victory. Wahama’s two wins have come against winless Ravenswood (0-4) and winless Federal Hocking (0-5).

5. Before last week’s 23-point outburst in the fourth quarter against Federal Hocking, the White Falcons had mustered only 20 points in their previous 16 quarters of play.

Point Pleasant Big Blacks (5-0) at Parkersburg South Patriots (3-1)

Last Game: Point Pleasant defeated Gallia Academy 76-29 in Point Pleasant; Parkersburg South defeated Warren 52-7 in Vincent.

Last Meeting between these teams: October 3, 2014. Point Pleasant won 49-0 in Point Pleasant.

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

PPHS offense last week: 332 rushing yards, 45 passing yards.

PSHS offense last game: 261 rushing yards, 224 passing yards.

PPHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cody Mitchell 2-5, 14 yards, INT; RB Grant Safford 13 carries, 163 yards, 2TDs; WR Garrett Litchfield 1 reception, 31 yards, TD.

PSHS offensive leaders last game: QB Garrett Gilkerson 16-24, 224 yards, 3TDs; RB Garrett Gilkerson 5 carries, 106 yards, TD; Cole Day 5 receptions, 45 yards, TD.

PPHS defense last week: 48 rushing yards, 238 passing yards.

PSHS defense last game: 12 rushing yards, 90 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. Point Pleasant is currently third in the latest Class AAA rankings with an 11.6 rating, trailing only top-ranked Cabell Midland (14.2) and Huntington (13.4). Parkersburg South is currently ninth overall with a 9.0 rating.

2. The Big Blacks are the only Class AAA program to score over 300 points through five weeks of the regular season. PPHS has outscored the opposition by a 323-57 overall margin, while the Patriots have outscored opponents by a 144-50 clip.

3. The Big Blacks have outscored opponents by a 176-36 margin in the first half, including a 79-6 edge in the opening period. PPHS — which is plus-5 in turnover differential thus far — has also blanked the competition in the third quarter by an impressive 100-0 margin.

4. Point Pleasant has outgained opposing offenses by more than a 2-to-1 margin (2,440-1,104) this season, which includes a sizable 2,090-399 advantage in rushing yards. The Big Blacks have yet to allow a rushing touchdown and are surrendering a meager 2.2 yards per carry. Conversely, PPHS is averaging 12.2 yards per carry and has 36 total touchdowns on the ground.

5. Quarterback Cody Mitchell and running back Grant Safford are both closing in on 1,000 yards rushing for the season. Mitchell — a verbal commit to Marshall — has 858 yards and 17 touchdowns on 59 carries, while Safford currently sits at 790 yards and 10 scores on 58 attempts. Placekicker Jason Schultz has made at least six PAT kicks in each game this year and is also 39-of-46 overall on PAT attempts.

Hannan Wildcats (0-3) at Miller Falcons (4-1)

Last Game: Hannan lost to Frontier 55-6 in New Matamoras; Miller lost to Trimble, 56-14 in Glouster.

Last Meeting: October 3, 2014. Miller won 54-8 in Hemlock.

Current head-to-head streak: Miller has won 2 straight.

HHS offense last game: 43 rushing yards, 102 passing yards.

MHS offense last week: 132 rushing yards, 112 passing yards.

HHS offensive leaders last game: QB Logan Nibert 5-14, 102 yards, TD, 3INTs; RB Stephan Berry 2 carries, 20 yards; WR Isaiah Burgess 2 receptions, 90 yards, TD.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cole Geil 6-16, 83 yards, TD, 2INTs; RB Kody McKinniss 15 carries, 114 yards, TD; WR Garrett Bartley 3 receptions, 59 yards.

HHS defense last game: 281 rushing yards, 71 passing yards.

MHS defense last week: 358 rushing yards, 50 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. Hannan is only one of three teams in Class A without a victory thus far this fall, joining Tygarts Valley and Valley-Fayette for a three-way tie for 36th place in the current playoff rankings.

2. The Wildcats have been outscored this year by a 141-36 overall margin, but Hannan has scored points in each of its three contests. Miller, conversely, is outscoring the opposition by a 134-108 overall margin and has one defensive shutout this fall.

3. Miller is off to its best start since the turn of the millennium, as the Falcons currently sit fifth in the Division VII, Region 25 bracket. MHS has twice appeared in the postseason, which occurred back in the 1999 and 2000 campaigns.

4. Dating back to the 2014 campaign, Miller is 2-5 all-time against football teams from West Virginia. The Falcons are 0-5 against Wahama and own a perfect 2-0 mark over Hannan.

5. The Wildcats have dropped a 13 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 junior Jason Wamsley (13) tries to avoid an ankle tackle during a Week 1 contest against Lincoln County at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_10.2-PP-Wamsley.jpgPoint Pleasant junior Jason Wamsley (13) tries to avoid an ankle tackle during a Week 1 contest against Lincoln County at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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