Point Pleasant pounds Warriors, 54-7

VINCENT, Ohio — A little bit closer to the norm.

After two weeks of nail-biters, the Point Pleasant football team led wire-to-wire and scored the final 40 points of regulation on Friday night during a 54-7 thumping of host Warren in a Week 3 non-conference contest in Washington County.

The Big Blacks (2-1) picked up their 19th straight regular season road victory in rather convincing fashion as the guests stormed out to a 14-0 advantage lead than five minutes into regulation.

Cason Payne gave PPHS a 7-0 cushion following a 14-yard run with 9:39 left in the opening canto, then Justin Brumfield scored on an 11-yard run with 7:14 left for a 14-point cushion.

The Warriors (0-3) countered with their lone score of the evening — a 7-yard run by Ronnie Hill — with 8:32 left in the second period, but the Red and Black answered in the most convincing of fashions by scoring 26 points before entering halftime.

Brumfield added his second and final TD run with a 62-yard scamper with 6:12 remaining, then Payne tacked on his second and final TD run of the night with a 33-yard jaunt at the 4:26 mark — giving Point Pleasant a 28-7 lead.

Jovone Johnson helped the PPHS defense get in on the scoring after picking off a pass and returning it 27 yards to paydirt, making it a 34-7 contest with 2:58 left until halftime.

The Big Blacks tacked on one more score before the break as Josh Wamsley hauled in an 87-yard pass from Payne with one minute left in the first half, allowing the guests to take a commanding 40-7 lead into halftime.

Payne again found Wamsley on an 18-yard scoring pass at the 7:59 mark of the third, giving Point a resounding 47-6 cushion.

Zane Wamsley completed the scoring with a 7-yard run just 13 seconds into the fourth quarter, wrapping up the 47-point outcome.

The Big Blacks outgained the Blue and White by a 402-151 margin in total yards, which included a sizable 240-54 advantage in rushing yards. The guests also finished the evening plus-2 in turnover differential, with Eddie Mayes also recovering a fumble in the contest.

PPHS claimed a 14-10 edge in first downs and averaged over 13 yards per rushing attempt after churning out 240 yards on just 18 carries. The Red and Black also produced 162 passing yards and were flagged just six times for 45 yards.

Brumfield led the guests with 76 rushing yards on three attempts, followed by Payne with 63 yards on six carries and Nick Parsons added 63 yards on five totes.

Payne finished the night 5-of-7 passing for 165 yards, which included a pair of TD tosses. Josh Wamsley led the wideouts with two grabs for 105 yards, while Brumfield had one catch for 46 yards.

PPHS kick Jacob Bryant was also 6-of-8 on extra-point boots.

The Warriors managed 54 rushing yards on 35 attempts and produced 97 passing yards in the setback. The hosts were also penalized seven times for 71 yards.

Nate Gessel led WHS with 40 rushing yards on 12 carries, followed by Hill with 23 yards on nine attempts. Hill was also 6-of-13 passing for 81 yards, which included one interception.

Warren had six different receivers catch at least one pass, with Tyler Schaffer leading the wideouts with two grabs for 25 yards.

Point Pleasant will complete the last of its three-game road trip next Friday when it travels to Herbert Hoover for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

By Bryan Walters

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