WINFIELD, W.Va. — Sometimes, teams just refuse to lose, and that continues to be the story of the 2012 Point Pleasant Big Blacks.
The Big Blacks pulled out an improbable 18-13 road win over the Winfield Generals, just two weeks after pulling off another late win over Lewis County.
“Our kids just don’t like to lose,” said Head Coach Dave Darst. “We were in the same situation a few weeks ago when a few kids stepped up and made some big plays. We had the same thing happen tonight.”
The Big Blacks – now 4-0 on the season – extend their regular season winning streak to 15 games in a row, dating back to the 2010 season.
Although the go-ahead score was not as late in the game as a few weeks ago, the dramatics were still there. Winfield had taken the lead at the 5:38 mark in the 4th quarter to go ahead 13-12.
It didn’t take long for the Black and Red to respond. Sophomore quarterback Aden Yates found senior Anthony Perry for a big catch that put the Big Blacks deep into Winfield territory. One play later, it was the quarterback keeping it for himself, and running 28 yards to the end-zone with 4:02 left in the game.
Another key defensive stand for the Big Blacks happened on the ensuing drive and it was all over at that point.
Yates – making the 4th start of his career – managed another 100+ yard passing performance, his fourth in a row. He was 9/10 for 153 yards – his highest yardage total of the season.
The running game did not produce a 100 yard rusher but had two solid performances from junior Teran Barnitz and senior Tylun Campbell. Barnitz had 14 rushes for 56 yards and Campbell had 10 rushes for 41 yards. Yates had 35 yards on 11 carries, including two scores.
Junior Chase Walton, back from injury, had 3 carries for 27 yards but did not play in the second half. Marquez Griffin had 6 carries for 23 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Perry had 2 rushes for 4 yards as well.
The big receiver on the night was Perry with 2 catches for 65 yards. Campbell had 3 grabs for 33 yards, Walton 2 for 28 yards, and Barnitz 2 for 27 yards.
Defensively, the Big Blacks were anchored by senior All-State noseguard Conner Templeton, who had a big night rushing the quarterback and putting pressure on the Winfield interior linemen. Other key contributors to the defensive effort included senior Andrew Williamson, junior Teran Barnitz, senior Anthony Perry, senior Marquez Griffin, and others.
The Big Blacks put up the first score of the game at the :21 mark of the 1st quarter when Yates called his own number and went in for the score. The Colin Peal kick was blocked, giving Point the early lead.
Winfield stormed back on their next drive with some big passing plays and finally Toby Show found Chris Turner for a 20 yard strike. The extra point was good, giving Winfield the lead at the 9:53 mark in the second quarter.
The score would remain the same until the 4th quarter when Marquez Griffin scored from 14 yards out with 11:54 left in the game. The two-point conversion was no good.
Winfield eventually answered with what they hoped would be their own game winning drive before the eventual game-winning drive from the Big Blacks.
Now, the Big Blacks must start to focus on the Brooke Bruins, who will come into next Friday’s clash in Point Pleasant with a 0-5 record. Make no mistake about it; this is not your normal 0-5 football team.
“Brooke has played some really good football teams to start the season and they will come in here ready to play.”
Next week will be the homecoming game as well for the Big Blacks. It will be the first home game in a month, so be sure to get out and support the Big Blacks next Friday night under the lights.