Big Blacks top Mount View, 65-22


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



WELCH, W.Va. — The drive lasted a lot longer than the suspense did.

The Point Pleasant football team led 29-0 after 12 minutes of play and never looked back Friday night during a 65-22 victory over host Mount View in a Week 5 non-conference matchup in McDowell County.

The Big Blacks (5-0) traveled nearly six hours round-trip to extend their state-best regular season winning streak to 38 games, and the guests did so in a relatively quick fashion by scoring the first 58 points of the contest.

PPHS churned out 457 yards of total offense and forced five Golden Knight turnovers while finishing plus-3 in turnover differential. The Red and Black also received a touchdown and a safety from their defensive unit.

Point Pleasant — which was fourth in the latest Class AA ratings — had four different players account for their first quarter scoring, with Grant Safford starting things with a one-yard run at the 5:53 mark for a 8-0 advantage.

Andrew Roach followed just 14 seconds later with a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a 15-0 edge, then Keshawn Stover hauled in a seven-yard scoring pass from Cason Payne to make it a 22-0 contest with 2:48 remaining.

Payne tacked on a five-yard scoring run with 1:28 left in the opening stanza to secure a 29-0 lead.

Stover hauled in a second TD pass from Payne to start the second canto, this time covering 10 yards as the guests extended their lead to 36-0 with 9:28 left until halftime.

Payne completed his third and final TD pass of the night with 5:23 remaining as Josh Wamsley hauled in a 21-yard score for a comfortable 43-0 cushion at the break.

The Big Blacks needed less than two minutes of the second half to increase their lead as the defense came up with a safety at the 10:26 mark, making it a 45-0 contest.

Safford tacked on six more points with a two-yard run at the 9:46 mark, then Sheb Harris scored on a nine-yard run with 6:56 left in the third quarter for a 58-0 advantage.

Elijah Barner finally got MVHS (2-2) on the scoreboard with 5:48 remaining in the third following a four-yard run, making it a 58-8 contest.

Jaquane Imes followed by hauling in a 66-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Collier with 2:56 left in the third, allowing the hosts to cut the deficit down to 58-16.

Justin Brumfield completed the third quarter scoring with a 10-yard run with 1:50 left, allowing Point Pleasant to secure a commanding 65-16 edge headed into the finale.

Jashawn Collins completed the scoring with a 10-yard run at the 8:54 mark of the fourth, which wrapped up the 43-point outcome.

The Big Blacks churned out 255 rushing yards on 43 attempts, an average of 5.9 yards per carry. The guests also had 202 passing yards offensively, 17 first downs and were flagged six times for 60 yards. PPHS also punted only twice in the game for an average of 37 yards.

Mount View, conversely, mustered 276 yards of total offense, which included 133 rushing yards on 22 attempts. The hosts had seven first downs, punted six times for an average of 32 yards and were also penalized six times for 45 yards.

Safford led the PPHS rushing attack with 113 yards, followed by Stover with 45 yards and Brumfield with 41 yards. Payne — who had 34 rushing yards — was also a perfect 9-for-9 passing for 156 yards, including a trio of TD passes.

Tucker Mayes led the Point wideouts with three grabs for 50 yards, while Jason Wamsley caught three passes for 49 yards. Josh Wamsley also had two catches for 32 yards.

Barner led the MVHS rushing attack with 49 yards, followed by Collier with 44 yards and Joseph Hayes with 40 yards.

Collier was 9-of-22 passing for 143 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception. Imes led the wideouts with five catches for 92 yards.

The Big Blacks return to action Friday when they host Parkersburg South in a Week 6 non-conference matchup at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field. The game will also be Point’s Homecoming contest, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters

bwalters@civitasmedia.com

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