Big Blacks blank Man, 41-0


By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com



Point Pleasant sophomore Josh Wamsley (2) runs for yardage after a catch in a September 16 football contest against Logan at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


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MAN, W.Va. — Man oh Man.

In capturing its 41st consecutive regular-season victory on Friday night, the Point Pleasant High School football team pitched a 41-0 shutout of the Man Hillbillies — inside George A. Queen Stadium in Man.

The Big Blacks, with West Virginia’s longest current regular-season win streak, didn’t miss a beat from last week’s bye — and picked up where they left off in improving to a perfect 8-0.

Point Pleasant pushed its personal win streak over Man to three, although the other two triumphs came clear back in 1999 and 2000.

It seems that long ago when the Big Blacks last lost.

Point scored seven points in the opening quarter and 14 more in the second, then erupted for 20 in the fourth quarter for the 41-0 blanking.

In recording the shutout, the Big Blacks stymied the Hillbillies to only 94 yards of total offense, forced six punts and created four turnovers.

Man had just 80 rushing yards on 40 total attempts, and completed just 2-of-7 passes for 14 yards.

Meanwhile, Point Pleasant pounded the football at the Hillbillies, rushing 38 times for 275 yards — part of 305 yards total.

PPHS quarterback Cason Payne, who completed 4-of-13 passes for 30 yards, led the Big Blacks in rush yards with 124 on 13 totes.

Right alongside was Grant Safford, who added 111 yards and a hat trick of touchdowns on 16 attempts.

Jason Schultz went 5-of-6 on extra-point kicks on the night.

Safford got the scoring started with 56 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, scoring on a 14-yard run with Schultz booting the extra point.

Payne then intercepted his Man counterpart Caleb Milton, and returned the pick 32 yards to the end zone with just a minute and 22 seconds gone by in the second period.

Exactly six minutes and four seconds later, Safford scored again — this time from 12 yards out.

Schultz made good on both extra points, as the Big Blacks held a 21-0 halftime advantage.

Payne then snuck in from a yard out with 8:47 remaining in the fourth quarter, followed by Safford scoring his third TD — a 3-yard plunge — only a minute and 11 seconds later.

Justin Brumfield capped off the scoring with a 6-yard run — with 3:43 remaining in the game.

Schultz made the final two extra points for the 41-0 final.

Sheb Harris had three carries for 23 yards, Brumfield finished with 17 yards on four attempts, and Keshawn Stover made three receptions for 28 yards.

Zach Frye led the Hillbillies with 21 yards on 11 carries.

Man fell to an even 4-4 with the loss.

The Big Blacks return to the road next Friday night — and in search of their 42nd straight regular-season win — when they travel to Westside.

Point Pleasant entered the Man matchup as tied for third in the official Class AA computer rankings.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

Point Pleasant sophomore Josh Wamsley (2) runs for yardage after a catch in a September 16 football contest against Logan at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/10/web1_10.22-PP-Wamsley.jpgPoint Pleasant sophomore Josh Wamsley (2) runs for yardage after a catch in a September 16 football contest against Logan at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs

pboggs@civitasmedia.com

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