CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — In the history of Point Pleasant football, there have been two undefeated and untied football teams.
After Friday night, now make that three.
The Big Blacks moved to 10-0 on the season with a 41-18 final score over the Chapmanville Tigers. The win will give the Big Blacks the overall number one seed in AA, which will mean home field advantage until the championship game at Wheeling.
The win also gives the Big Blacks their second Cardinal Conference championship in the last four years.
“Words really can not describe how 10-0 feels” said Head Coach Dave Darst. “Our program has continued to get better year after year and to not only become Cardinal Conference champions but also to be undefeated, it shows the dedication that our kids have to being focused on winning football games.”
The game was highlighted by another stellar performance from senior quarterback Eric Roberts. The signal caller passed for one touchdown and completed 12 of 16 passes for 191 yards.
The Big Blacks running attack had its best performance in weeks with two 100 yard rushing performances on the night. Sophomore fullback Teran Barnitz had 16 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns on the night. Junior tailback Marquez Griffin had 100 yards even on the night on 15 carries and two scores.
That running attack – despite missing leading rushers Tylun Campbell and Anthony Darst for another night – did feature the return of Trey Livingston to the offensive line. Livingston did not play defense as he recovers from his injury.
The Big Blacks defense – despite a few big plays from the Chapmanville offense – limited their rushing attack to just 86 total yards.
The Tigers received the ball to start the game and turned the ball over on the third play of the game when a Chapmanville runner coughed the ball up and Josh Hereford recovered the ball.
Despite a 5 yard loss on the first play of the game, Eric Roberts would hook up with sophomore Chase Walton for a 45 yard touchdown pass. The Josh Parsons extra point would be good.
The second Chapmanville drive would end quickly as well when after an Andrew Williamson sack on first down, senior safety Brandon Toler would pick off Chapmanville quarterback Brandon White to set the Big Blacks up in great field position once again.
Despite several nice catches on the drive from Walton and Teran Barnitz, the drive would stall at the Chapmanville 20 yard line.
Chapmanville would finally respond to the strong Point Pleasant defense when White threw an 82 yard bomb to Tyler Cox. The extra point would be missed, letting Point maintain the lead with 4 minutes left in the first quarter.
Both teams would trade possessions but on the Chapmanville possession, a key mistake by their punt coverage would occur. Brandon Toler was back to receive the punt for the Big Blacks and signaled fair catch and a Chapmanville defender ran over Toler, giving Point the ball in Chapmanville territory.
Teran Barnitz would run the ball on four straight plays that would key the drive – runs of 10,6,5, and 3 yards and despite a holding call deep in Chapmanville territory, Roberts would find Layne Thompson for a big reception that would put the Big Blacks on the inches line. Barnitz would punch in the score with 9 minutes left in the first half.
Chapmanville would then march on their most successful drive of the half and score with 4 minutes left in the half. They would miss the two-point conversion, setting the score at 14-12.
The Big Blacks would march on one more successful drive before the half – keyed by a big reception by senior tight end Jason Stouffer – but a field goal attempt would be no good, leaving the score at 14-12.
After the half, it was a different story for the Red and Black. Point would get the ball first after the half and march on an 11 play drive that featured 3 big receptions from Layne Thompson. Marquez Griffin would punch the ball in from 2 yards out with 6 minutes left in the third quarter to give Point the 21-12 lead.
The next Big Blacks possession would be the icing on the cake for the game. Teran Barnitz started the drive with a big 30 plus yard run and featured big plays from Griffin and Jerrod Long as well. Roberts would sneak the ball in from 1 yard out with 9:32 left and after the Parsons extra point the score was 28-12.
Just one minute later in the game it would be Barnitz punching the ball in from 25 yards out for another touchdown.
Despite another big pass play from the Chapmanville offense, Point would add one more score late in the game when Marquez Griffin dashed to the end-zone on a 51 yard run.
The defense was led on the night by another great performance from junior noseguard Conner Templeton. Junior defensive end Andrew Williamson had another strong night as the front seven for the home squad continues to play extremely well. Other key defensive contributors on the night included Layne Thompson, Jason Stouffer, Josh Hereford, Jerrod Long, and Hunter Bellamy.
The Big Blacks will now host a home playoff game next weekend at a time to be announced on Sunday afternoon at the WVSSAC playoff meeting.
“We hope to see our fans out in full force next weekend” said Darst. “We have had great crowds for each game and we want to see our home crowd get even louder for the playoffs.”
Point Pleasant 41, Chapmanville 18
PP7-7-7-20 — 41
C6-6-0-6 — 18
PP — Chase Walton 45 pass from Eric Roberts (Josh Parsons kick) 9:47
C — Tyler Cox 82 pass from Brandon White (kick failed) 3:52
PP — Teran Barnitz 1 run (Parsons kick) 9:04
C — Tyler Cox 6 run (pass failed) 4:36
PP — Marquez Griffin 2 run (Parsons kick) 6:53
PP —Eric Roberts 1 run (Parsons kick) 9:32
PP — Barnitz 25 run (Parson kick) 8:18
C — Brandon Cox 49 pass from White (pass failed) 7:07
PP — Griffin 51 run (kick failed) 0:31
First Downs: PP 20, C 9
Rushes-Yds: PP 41-248, C 30-86
Pass Yds: PP 191, C 199
Total Yds: PP 439, C 285
Cmp-Att-Int: PP 12-17-0, C 9-18-2
Fumbles lost: PP 1, C 1
Penalties-Yds: PP 4-35, C 5-26
PP: Teran Barnitz 16-113, Marquez Griffin 15-100, Jarrod Long 5-21, Eric Roberts 4-13, Chase Walton 1-5, Zach Canterbury 2-(-4).
C: Tyler Cox 8-38, Dustin Smith 4-24, DeShawn Alexander 6-33, Brandon White 11-2, Dustin Conley 1-(-11).
PP: Eric Roberts 12-16-0 191, Brandon Toler 0-1-0 0.
C: Brandon White 9-18-2 199.
PP: Layne Thompson 4-75, Chase Walton 2-58, Jason Stouffer 1-30, Jarrod Long 1-10, Brandon Toler 1-6, Marquez Griffin 2-6, Teran Barnitz 1-6.
C: Tyler Cox 4-141, Brady Cox 3-53, Tyler Killen 1-3, Dylan Wiley 1-2.