MAN, W.Va. — A swell way to return to your own neck of the woods.
The Point Pleasant football team churned out 410 yards of total offense and posted its second shutout of the season on Friday night with a 49-0 thumping of host Man in a Week 9 contest in Logan County.
The Big Blacks (7-0) completed their 2018 road schedule in grand style, using a balanced three-phase attack that left the Hillbillies (4-4) with just five first downs and 160 total yards by night’s end.
More importantly, the victory allowed the Red and Black to more than likely secure an 11th consecutive postseason berth while preparing to come home for their final two regular season games.
PPHS churned out 216 rushing yards and five scores on 29 attempts and also produced 194 yards and two scores through the air.
MHS, conversely, yielded just 53 passing yards and 107 rushing yards on 38 carries — an average of 2.8 yards per try. Both teams committed a turnover apiece, while Point also moved the chains 19 times.
The Big Blacks scored their first five touchdowns on the ground, with a pair of those coming in the opening frame.
Brady Adkins gave the guests a permanent lead at 7-0 with a 32-yard run at the 9:10 mark, then Cason Payne followed with an 18-yard scamper with 4:19 left.
Payne added his second rushing score three seconds into the second canto as the senior plunged in from a yard out for a 21-point cushion.
Josh Wamsley gave PPHS a 28-0 edge less than two minutes later as the senior rumbled eight yards to paydirt, then Payne wrapped up the first half scoring with 25 seconds left following a two-yard run that made it 35-0 at the half.
Wamsley hauled in a 3-yard pass from Payne 20 seconds into the the third, then Adkins grabbed an 18-yard TD pass from Payne with 3:04 left in the third. Both teams went scoreless in the fourth, allowing Point Pleasant to complete a perfect 4-0 road schedule this year.
The Big Blacks were penalized six times for 35 yards, while Man was flagged four times for 18 yards. Oliver Skeie was also a perfect 7-for-7 on extra-point kicks for the guests.
Adkins led the Point ground attack with 113 yards on 11 carries, followed by Payne with 46 yards on nine totes to go along with an 18-of-22 passing effort that yielded 174 yards, two scores and an interception. Adkins also hauled in a team-high five passes for 63 yards.
Wamsley ran five times for 39 yards and added four catches for 52 yards. Zane Wamsley and Joel Beattie also caught five and three passes for 35 and 21 yards, respectively.
Riley Oliver recorded Point’s interception in the second half.
Cameran Frye paced the Blue and Red with 34 rushing yards on 10 carries, followed by Dylan Morris with 31 yards on eight attempts.
Jeremiah Harless was 3-of-7 passing for 53 yards, with Quentin Moody hauling in two receptions for 51 yards.
Point Pleasant’s biggest test of the year awaits them next Friday when Class AAA unbeaten Spring Valley (8-0) comes to Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.