BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Definitely a road less traveled.
The Point Pleasant football team had its 24-game regular season road winning streak coming to a convincing halt on Friday night following a 42-13 setback to host Bluefield in a Week 7 non-conference football contest at Mitchell Stadium in Mercer County.
The visiting Big Blacks (5-2) were simply overmatched in a way that hasn’t happened in a long time as the top-ranked Beavers (7-0) stormed out a 28-7 halftime lead and never looked back.
Point Pleasant — which entered Friday ranked eighth in the Class AA playoff ratings — surrendered 515 yards of total offense, which included 384 rushing yards on 42 attempts for an average of 9.1 yards per carry.
Conversely, the Big Blacks managed 273 total yards of offense — including 216 rushing yards on 32 attempts for 6.8 yards per try.
Mookie Collier gave BHS a permanent lead with a 76-yard catch and run on a Chandler Cooper pass, then Truck Edwards added a 14-yard run that gave the hosts a 14-0 cushion through one quarter of play.
Collier added an 80-yard jaunt early in the second frame for a 21-point edge, but PPHS responded with its first points of the night following a 24-yard run by Justin Brumfield. Edwards tacked on a 1-yard run just before the half to give the Beavers a 28-7 cushion at the break.
Collier tacked on a 55-yard run at the start of the third, but Brumfield responded with a 27-yard run that closed the deficit down to 35-13. Edwards added the final score of the game on a 1-yard run just before the end of the third canto.
Bluefield claimed an 18-10 advantage in first downs and neither squad committed a turnover in the contest. Point was penalized seven times for 45 yards, while the hosts were flagged twice for 25 yards.
The Big Blacks last lost a regular season road game back in Week 7 of the 2012 campaign, a 34-14 setback at Oak Hill. That was also the last time that an opponent defeated PPHS by double digits in the regular season.
No individual statistics were available at press time.
Point Pleasant begins a three-game home stand to finish out the regular season on Friday night when it hosts Meigs at 7:30 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.