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 they scored 50 unanswered points to defeat Oak Glen, 50-6, at the Bears Den.
"It was a bad finish," first-year Oak Glen head coach Ian Whittington said.
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READY TO GO — From left, Preston Murray, Tyler Steed and Nate Wright lead the Oak Glen football game onto the field for Saturday’s home game with Point Pleasant.
Point Pleasant won the contest on the stat sheet as well as on the scoreboard.
The 7-2 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, picked up 19 first downs and never punted.
Point Pleasant scored on eight of its drives and turned the ball over on downs once.
Point Pleasant 50, Oak Glen 6
Point Pleasant 6 15 23 6 - 50
Oak Glen 6 0 0 0 - 6
OG: Staley 8 run (kick fail)
PP: Walton 14 pass from Yates (kick fail)
PP: Griffin 29 run (Peal kick)
PP: Walton 21 pass from Yates (Mitchell run)
PP: Griffin 27 run (pass fail)
PP: Barnitz 1 run (Peal kick)
PP: Peal 33 field goal
PP: Marcum 46 run (Mertin kick)
PP: Berkley 11 run (run fail)
RUSHING: Point Pleasant 43-250 (Yates 7-10, Austen Toler 1-1, Barnitz 10-47 TD, Griffin 8-103 2 TDs, Trent 2-0, Walton 2-4, Marcum 3-55 TD, Berkley 4-22 TD, Mitchell 2-9, Garrett Litchfield 1-(-4); Oak Glen 32-46 (Haddox 7-(-12), Staley 8-60 TD, Tyler Steed 10-4, Tropek 3-1, Swiger 2-(-5), Campbell 2-(-2)).
PASSING: Point Pleasant 10-15-141-1-1x (all by Yates); Oak Glen 9-21-57-0-2x (all by Haddox).
RECEIVING: Point Pleasant: Reymond 3-37, Barnitz 1-5, Walton 4-65 2 TDs, Toler 1-24, Griffin 1-11; Oak Glen: Flowers 2-26, Staley 2-6, Steed 3-33, Weltner 1-(-3), Smith 1-(-5).
FIRST DOWNS: Point Pleasant 19, Oak Glen 7
PENALTIES: Point Pleasant 6-40, Oak Glen 3-11
FUMBLES: Point Pleasant 0-0, Oak Glen 3-2.
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 majority of Oak Glen's offensive output came on the 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 Staley. 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 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 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 before halftime.
The Big Blacks scored four times in the third quarter to break the game wide open.
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.
Oak Glen hosts Magnolia on Senior Night Friday.
"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."