NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — It was a long road trip this weekend for the Point Pleasant Big Blacks but the miles traveled made no difference as the locals cruised to a 50-6 victory.
It was the third win in a row for Point – who has defeated Ravenswood, Shady Spring, and Oak Glen in the last three weeks to compile a 7-2 record with one week left in the season.
The Big Blacks are now one win away from a fifth consecutive postseason if they can defeat the Chapmanville Tigers this Friday at home.
It was another great effort on both sides of the ball as the Big Blacks put up 439 yards of total offense and held Oak Glen to just 99 yards of total offense.
The Oak Glen Golden Bears – who fell to the Big Blacks 66-40 last year in the AA playoffs – came into the game with playoff hopes of their own at 4-4 but once again had trouble putting up much resistance defensively.
Sophomore quarterback Aden Yates continued his stellar year completing 10 of 15 passes for 143 yards. He threw for two scores and had one interception.
Senior Marquez Griffin had his second consecutive 100+ yard rushing effort, running for 111 yards on just 9 carries. Junior Teran Barnitz had 11 carries for 54 yards and sophomore Cody Marcum had 3 carries for 55 yards. Other ball carriers on the night included Cody McDaniel, Cody Mitchell, Seth Berkley, Aden Yates, Chase Walton, Austen Toler, and Garrett Litchfield.
The leading receiver on the night was Chase Walton, who had 4 catches for 64 yards. Junior tight end Brycen Reymond had 3 catches for 37 yards, Griffin had one catch for 12 yards, junior Austen Toler had one catch for 24 yards, and Barnitz had one catch for 6 yards.
Defensively, there were several standouts including Teran Barnitz, Gage Buskirk, Andrew Williamson, Conner Templeton, Luke Halstead, Chase Walton, and several others. The defense put great pressure on the Oak Glen rushing attack and held their leading rusher – quarterback Bub Haddox – to just 7 carries and -15 yards.
Oak Glen drove the length of the field on the first drive and put pressure on the Big Blacks with an early 6-0 lead.
The Big Blacks would close the half with three straight scores – a 15 yard touchdown pass from Yates to Walton, a 29 yard Griffin run, and a Walton 21 yard touchdown catch to set the score at 21-6 at the half.
The Big Blacks continued to score early and often in the second half. Scores included a Griffin 27 yard run, a Barnitz 1 yard run, and Colin Peal 33 yard field goal, a Cody Marcum 46 yard run, and Seth Berkley set the final score at 50-6 with an 11 yard run.
The Big Blacks must now get ready for a big matchup with the Tigers, who are 4-5 coming into the game. As stated earlier, a win for the locals will put them into the postseason for the fifth consecutive time under Head Coach Dave Darst.
Game time will be at the usual 7:30 p.m. Friday night.