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Bears pushed around by Big Blacks, 50-6, in rematch of ’11 playoff game

October 28, 2012
Salem News

NEW MANCHESTER - Around the world, Point Pleasant is known for the Silver Bridge tragedy and The Mothman. Across the state of West Virginia and Southeastern Ohio, Point Pleasant is known for having a pretty-good football team?

The Big Blacks proved that point in convincing fashion Saturday afternoon as Point Pleasant scored 50 unanswered points to rally to defeat Oak Glen, 50-6, at the Bears Den.

With the win, the Big Blacks improve to 7-2 on the season. Point Pleasant has now won three-straight games after losing two-straight games. The Big Blacks, who moved up to Class AAA this season, started the season with four-straight victories.

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Oak Glen’s Josh Weltner (10), Cody Howell (23) and Clayton Flowers (20) try to bring down Point Pleasant’s Austen Toler on Saturday in New Manchester. (Photo by Jimmy Joe Savage)

The loss drops the Golden Bears to 4-5. Oak Glen has now lost two-straight games dating back to a loss Oct. 12 at East Liverpool. The Golden Bears had a bye last week.

The Golden Bears got off to a good start in the game, but they were unable to keep up with the high-scoring Big Blacks.

"It was a bad finish," first-year Oak Glen head coach Ian Whittington said.

Point Pleasant won the contest on the state sheet as well as on the scoreboard.

The Big Blacks ran 58 players for a total of 391 yards. The visitors finished the game with 250 yards and five touchdowns on 43 carries. Point Pleasant also threw for 141 yards and two more touchdowns.

Point Pleasant picked up 19 first downs in the game. The Big Blacks were penalized six times for 40 yards. Point Pleasant turned the ball over once on an interception.

Point Pleasant had 11 drives in the game, and the Big Blacks never punted the ball. Point Pleasant had the ball on Oak Glen's side of the field on 10 of the 11 drives. The only time the Big Blacks did not reach Golden Bear territory was on their final drive of the game. That drive came to an end at the Oak Glen 46 on the last play of the game.

Point Pleasant scored points on eight of its drives, and the Big Blacks turned the ball over on downs one time in the game.

The Golden Bears ran 53 plays resulting in 103 yards. Oak Glen ran for 46 yards on 32 carries. The Golden Bears also threw for 57 yards.

The hosts picked up seven first downs. They were penalized three times for 11 yards. Oak Glen punted four times with an average punt of 28 yards.

Oak Glen lost two fumble, and the Golden Bears had two passes intercepted by the Big Blacks.

The majority of Oak Glen's offensive output came on the very-first drive of the game. The Golden Bears drove 86 yards on 15 players to take the early lead.

The drive was capped by an 8-yard scoring run by Zack Stale. The extra point kick was no good, but the Golden Bears led 6-0 with 5:31 left to play in the quarter.

"We were able to use our size and our big back," Whittington said about what led to his team's success on the opening drive of the game. "We kept running inside the tackles. We knew with the type of defensive they played we needed to run inside the tackles. We were able to do that on that drive."

The rest of the game belonged to the Big Blacks.

Point Pleasant answered with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Aden Yates to Chase Walton. The PAT was no good, and the score was tied at 6 with 1:22 left to play in the quarter.

Point Pleasant tallied two touchdowns in the second stanza.

The first score came on a 29-yard run by Marquez Griffin. Collin Peal's extra point put the Big Blacks up 13-6 with 11:07 left to play in the first half. The second score came on a 21-yard pass from Yates to Walton. Cody Mitchell ran in for the 2-point conversion, and Point Pleasant extended its lead to 21-6 with 9:35 left to play before halftime.

The Big Blacks scored four times in the third quarter to break the game wide open.

The first score came on a 27-yard run by Griffin. The 2-point conversion pass failed, and Point Pleasant led 27-6 with 9:51 left to play in the quarter.

The second score came on a 1-yard run by Teran Barnitz. Peal's conversion kick split the uprigths, and the Big Blacks led 34-6 with 6:10 showing on the scoreboard clock.

Next, Peal kicked a 33-yard field goal to put the visitors up 37-6 with 1:58 to play in the quarter. The field goal barely got over the crossbar.

The Big Blacks capped the scoring in the stanza with a 46-yard run by Cody Marcum. Victor Mertin tacked on the extra point, and Point Pleasant went up 44-6 with 11.2 seconds left to play in the quarter.

Seth Berkley capped the scoring with an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter. The 2-point conversion failed as the Big Blacks took a knee on the play. The touchdown made the score 50-6 with 3:56 remaining to be played in the game.

Yates finished the game 10 for 15 with 141 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Walton hauled in four passes for 65 yards and both touchdown receptions.

Griffin finished with 103 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

Staley tallied 60 yards and a touchdown on eight carries to lead the way for the Golden Bears. Bub Haddox completed 9 of 21 passes for 57 yards. He was intercepted twice. Tyler Steed caught three passes for 33 yards.

Defensively, Josh Weltner recorded an interception.

Both teams are scheduled to return to the field Friday night at home. Oak Glen will play magnolia on Senior Night, while Point Pleasant will play Chapmanville at 7:30 p.m.

"We play a rough schedule," Whittington said. "Magnolia is as good as if not better than Point Pleasant. We play a tough schedule up here."

Point Pleasnt defeated Oak Glen in the Class AA playoffs last season.

 
 

 

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