Point hosts Red Devils


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Point Pleasant senior Nathan Bowman (24) breaks away from the Oak Hill defense during a 37-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter of a Week 7 gridiron contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


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Ravenswood Red Devils (1-5) at Point Pleasant Big Blacks (7-0)

Last Week: Ravenswood lost to Braxton County 50-6 in Sutton; Point Pleasant defeated Oak Hill 55-8 in Point Pleasant.

Last meeting between these teams: October 17, 2014. Point Pleasant won 37-20 in Ravenswood.

Current head-to-head streak: Point Pleasant has won 4 straight

RHS offense last week: 92 rushing yards, 92 passing yards.

PPHS offense last week: 323 rushing yards, 42 passing yards

RHS offensive leaders last week: QB Stephen Dawson 10-32, 92 yards, TD, INT; RB Evan Dunlap 5 carries, 31 yards; WR Colton Stovall 7 receptions, 72 yards, TD.

PPHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cason Payne 4-5, 42 yards, TD; RB Grant Safford 7 carries, 124 yards, 2TDs; WR Cody Mitchell 2 receptions, 26 yards, TD.

RHS defense last week: 115 rushing yards, 227 passing yards.

PPHS defense last week: 90 rushing yards, 90 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. The Big Blacks are currently second in the latest Class AAA rankings with a 12.86 rating, which trails only Cabell Midland (7-0) and its 15.14 rating. PPHS will also put a 30-game regular season win streak on the line during Senior Night at OVB Field, where the Big Blacks have won their last 17 regular season games and nine straight overall.

2. Point Pleasant is the only team in the entire state of West Virginia to score over 400 points offensively through seven weeks of play. The Big Blacks have outscored opponents by a sizable 405-85 overall margin, which averages out to 57.9 points per game offensively and 12.1 points defensively.

3. Point Pleasant has churned out 2,729 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns this fall, which averages out to almost 390 yards and over six scores per game. In all, the Big Blacks have 3,160 yards and 51 touchdowns as an offensive unit. Conversely, the opposition has produced only 1,683 yards and 11 touchdowns against the PPHS defense — which includes a mere 646 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

4. The Red Devils enter Friday night tied with Mount View for 34th in the Class AA rankings with a 1.5 ranking. RHS has been outscored by a 248-101 overall margin this season, which averages out to 16.8 points offensively and 41.3 points defensively.

5. Senior Cody Mitchell and junior Grant Safford both have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing this season, accounting for 79.4 percent of Point’s ground attack. Safford has 1,008 yards and 13 scores on 82 carries, while Mitchell — a verbal commit to Marshall — has 84 rushes for 1,158 yards and 21 touchdowns. Mitchell also has one receiving TD, four punt returns for touchdowns and has thrown a TD pass this fall.

Wahama White Falcons (3-4, 2-4) at South Gallia Rebels (3-4, 2-3)

Last Week: Wahama defeated Eastern 36-8 in Tupper Plains; South Gallia defeated Waterford 20-13 in Waterford.

Last meeting between the teams: October 17, 2014. Wahama won 44-32 in Mason.

Current head-to-head streak: Wahama has won 14 straight since 2001.

WHS offense last week: 195 rushing yards, 113 passing yards.

SGHS offense last week: 174 rushing yards, 46 passing yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Philip Hoffman 6-8, 79 yards; RB Jared Nutter 18 carries, 76 yards, 3TDs; Jared Nutter 4 receptions, 29 yards.

SGHS offensive leaders last week: QB Landon Hutchinson 5-13, 46 yards, TD; RB Johnny Sheets 2 carries, 86 yards, TD; WR Kane Hutchinson 4 receptions, 46 yards.

WHS defense last week: 19 rushing yards, 47 passing yards.

SGHS defense last week: 174 rushing yards, 46 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. Wahama is currently 27th in the latest Class A rankings with a 3.43 rating, while South Gallia enters the week rated 16th in the Division VII Region 25 bracket. The winner keeps a slim hope alive for the postseason, while the loser will all but be eliminated from playoff contention.

2. Fresh off their first road win of the year, the Rebels enter Friday with a 2-1 mark at home. SGHS has been outscored by a 196-173 overall margin this fall, including a 140-97 discrepancy in TVC Hocking contests.

3. Fresh off their first road win of the year, the White Falcons head to Mercerville with a 1-2 record in road contests. WHS has been outscored by a 160-135 overall margin this fall, including a 160-93 discrepancy in TVC Hocking games.

4. Wahama is averaging 27 points per game over the last three weeks offensively, which includes a pair of victories with 30-plus points. The White Falcons have scored in all seven of their contests and also own one defensive shutout, a 42-0 win over Ravenswood in the season opener at Bachtel Stadium.

5. After scoring a season-high 49 points in a Week 4 victory over Manchester, the Rebels have mustered only 41 points over the last three weeks. SGHS does not have a defensive shutout this year and was held scoreless in Week 6 during a 44-0 loss at Belpre.

Paden City Wildcats (2-4) at Hannan Wildcats (0-5)

Last Game: Paden City lost to Toronto 49-0 in Paden City; Hannan lost to Beallsville 30-0 in Beallsville.

Last meeting between the teams: First meeting.

PCHS offense last week: -17 rushing, 172 passing.

PCHS defense last week: 468 rushing, 61 passing.

Five things to note:

1. Hannan is one of only two Class A football programs in West Virginia without a gridiron victory, joining Valley (Fayette) as the 37th rated teams in the latest small school rankings. Overall, HHS has dropped 15 straight decisions and lost seven straight home contests — including two by forfeit.

2. Hannan will celebrate Homecoming this week after four consecutive road games following a 2015 season-opening 50-12 loss to visiting Montcalm. This will also be the second of only three home games for the Blue and Gold this year.

3. HHS was averaging 15 points per game through two contests, but have since managed only 12 points total in the last three games. Opponents have outscored Hannan by a 253-42 overall margin, averages of 8.4 points offensively and 50.6 points defensively.

4. Paden City is currently tied with Tygarts Valley for 33rd in the latest Class A rankings with a 1.17 rating. PCHS has dropped five straight decisions after posting a 20-19 win over Salinesville Southern in the 2015 season opener.

5. Paden City has been outscored by a 229-109 margin this fall, but has managed at least 16 points in five of its six outings. PCHS is averaging 18.2 points per game offensively and is allowing 38.2 points defensively.

Point Pleasant senior Nathan Bowman (24) breaks away from the Oak Hill defense during a 37-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter of a Week 7 gridiron contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_10.16-PP-Bowman.jpgPoint Pleasant senior Nathan Bowman (24) breaks away from the Oak Hill defense during a 37-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter of a Week 7 gridiron contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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