Point Pleasant pounds Golden Bears, 50-0

Bryan Walters

November 2, 2013

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — More of the same, both ways around.

Point Pleasant surrendered just 55 yards defensively, scored 10 points through special teams and churned out 503 yards of total offense Saturday afternoon en route to a 50-0 thrashing of winless Oak Glen during a Week 10 gridiron matchup at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field in Mason County.

The unbeaten Big Blacks (9-0) dominated the game from the start, as the hosts stormed out to leads of 19-0 and 43-0 after each of the first two quarters of play. PPHS once again executed to near-perfection in the first half, as the Golden Bears (0-9) were outgained in total yardage by a sizable 321-18 overall margin — which included negative five rushing yards on 14 carries and a 14-2 difference in first downs.

Point Pleasant — which has now won 13 straight regular season contests — finished the night with a robust 383 rushing yards on 41 attempts, an average of 9.34 yards per carry. OGHS, conversely, managed just 24 rushing yards on 27 attempts.

The Big Blacks did not have a punt or a turnover in the contest and finished the day plus-3 in turnover differential. Colin McDermitt recovered a fumble for the hosts, while teammates Jason Wamsley and Zach Hardman came away with an interception apiece.

Chase Walton gave PPHS an early 7-0 lead with a four-yard run at 6:15 mark, then Cody Mitchell hauled in a 40-yard scoring pass from Aden Yates with 3:42 left in the first quarter for a 13-0 edge. Cody Marcum tacked on a three-yard scamper with 11 seconds remaining, pushing Point’s advantage out to 19-0.

The Big Blacks followed with a three-and-out defensive stand, and the ensuing punt was returned 65 yards by Mitchell — giving the hosts a comfortable 27-0 cushion with 11:34 left until halftime. Colin Peal tacked on a 21-yard field goal six minutes later, allowing Point to claim a 30-0 lead at the 5:32 mark.

Mitchell hauled in a 10-yard scoring pass from Yates at the 3:09 mark for a 37-0 advantage, then snagged a 22-yard pass from Yates with 2:10 left until halftime — allowing the hosts to secure a 43-0 lead at the break. PPHS had 201 rushing yards on 21 attempts in the first half.

Chase Walton tacked on the final score of the day following a five-yard scamper with 8:48 remaining in the third, making it a 50-0 contest. Mostly backups and reserves finished the game for PPHS from that point on.

Point Pleasant — currently ranked ninth in the Charleston Daily Mail Poll — had one minor letdown in the entire contest, as the hosts failed to convert three of their seven PAT opportunities. The Big Blacks were previously 47-of-50 on PAT conversions headed into Saturday’s affair.

Point Pleasant outgained the guests 120-31 through the air, which included three touchdowns and an 8-of-9 passing performance by quarterback Aden Yates. OGHS quarterback Zac Porter finished the day 5-of-14 passing for 31 yards, including two picks and zero touchdowns.

Chase Walton led the hosts with 142 rushing yards on 11 carries, while Mitchell chipped in 88 yards on nine totes. Grant Safford was next with 76 yards on 10 attempts, followed by Cody McDaniel with 42 yards on four tries.

Mitchell led the Point wideouts with four catches for 87 yards, while Walton and Austen Toler each had a catch for 13 and nine yards respectively. Jon Peterson and Brian Gibbs also had six and five yards on one grab apiece.

Alex Swiger paced the Golden Bears with 15 rushing yards on seven carries, followed by Dakota Price with nine yards on four carries. Nate Bebout caught two passes for five yards, while Colton Speece had one catch for 11 yards. Swiger and Chris Burnham also caught one pass apiece for eight and seven yards respectively.

Point Pleasant finished the day with a 23-5 overall advantage in first downs and were penalized six times for 50 yards. Oak Glen was flagged just twice for 10 yards and punted seven times for an average of 37 yards.

The Big Blacks will go for their second unbeaten regular season in the last three years next Saturday when they host Lewis County on Senior Night in a Week 11 day game at 1:30 p.m.