POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Forget a can-full … this whupping could have filled a bucket.
The Point Pleasant football team accumulated 600 yards of total offense and brought home the Oaken Bucket for the first time in nine years Friday night following a 63-7 victory over visiting Ripley in a Week 2 matchup at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field in Mason County.
The Big Blacks (2-0) made quick work of the Vikings, as the hosts reeled off six consecutive scoring drives in the first 15 minutes of regulation to establish a sizable 42-0 lead. Ripley (0-2) countered with a long score early in the second canto to pull within five scores, but never came closer the rest of the way.
PPHS tacked on another touchdown midway through the second to secure a 49-7 edge at the break, then added a TD apiece in the final two frames to wrap up the 56-point triumph.
The Big Blacks ran 16 plays in the first quarter, which resulted in 193 total yards of offense and an early 35-0 lead. Ripley, conversely, mustered just six yards on 17 offensive plays during that same stretch — one of which resulted in an interception by Levi Doolittle.
Point accumulated 452 rushing yards on 49 carries and added another 148 yards through the air, amassing 31 first downs in the process. Ripley, on the other hand, finished the night with 112 yards of total offense — including a dismal three yards rushing on 25 tries.
Point Pleasant — which last played Ripley back in the fall of 2006 — hadn’t beaten the Vikings since posting a 14-10 decision at Sanders Field back in 2004. The Big Blacks also improved their alltime series record against RHS to 49-23-1 with the win.
Afterwards, PPHS coach Dave Darst was about as pleased with his troops as one could expect after such a decisive triumph.
“We knew they had a few good weapons and we knew that we had to shut them down defensively. Obviously, we did that tonight … and we are going to be successful when we play defense like we did tonight,” Darst said. “Offensively, we are coming around. Our running game really got going tonight and our guys really grew up as the game went on.
“I think we can continue to get better and get some people back over the next two weeks that will make a real impact on this team. It’s also really special to be part of bringing that bucket back home to Point Pleasant after so long.”
Jon Peterson hauled in a 44-yard scoring pass from Aden Yates for an early 7-0 lead with 10:42 left in the opening quarter, then Chase Walton tacked on an eight-yard scoring run with 8:45 remaining for a 14-0 edge.
Cody Mitchell plunged in from a yard out at the 7:58 mark for a 21-0 advantage, then Austen Toler added a five-yard scamper for a 28-0 cushion with 6:20 left in the opening period. Walton concluded the first quarter scoring with a 19-yard touchdown reception from Yates for a 35-0 lead with 24 seconds remaining.
Mitchell gave PPHS a 42-0 edge after rumbling 49 yards to paydirt with 9:55 showing in the second quarter, but Ripley countered with an 82-yard scoring pass to Jacob Harrison from Trevor Tucker with 8:54 left in the half.
Walton added his third first-half score with 5:58 left after a seven-yard run made it a 49-7 advantage, which ended up being the halftime score. At the break, Point Pleasant had gained 245 total yards and had 16 first downs — compared to minus-2 yards and two first downs for the Vikings.
Walton added his fourth and final TD of the night after hauling in an 11-yard pass from Yates with 4:48 left in the third quarter, making it a 56-7 contest. Grant Safford added the final score of the night with a five-yard scamper with 9:17 remaining in regulation.
Point Pleasant did have one area of concern, as the hosts were flagged 12 times for 125 yards. Ripley was penalized only twice for 12 yards.
The Big Blacks had a dozen different rushers on the night, with Mitchell leading the way with 134 yards on 14 carries. Walton was next with 101 yards on eight totes, while Cody Marcum added 64 yards on four tries. Jacob Wamsley added 45 yards on the ground, while Safford and Gage Buskirk respectively chipped in 27 and 22 yards rushing.
Yates finished the night a perfect 8-for-8 passing for 148 yards, including three TD passes and zero interceptions. Peterson led the wideouts with three catches for 70 yards, while Walton hauled in three passes for 55 yards.
Anthony Jarvis led Ripley with seven yards on three carries, while Harrison led the wideouts with two grabs for 100 yards. Tucker finished the night 3-of-9 passing for 101 yards with an interception, while Jerry Ranson went 1-for-7 for eight yards passing in the second half.
Point Pleasant has a bye next weekend and will return to action on Friday, Sept. 20, when it travels to Logan for a Week 4 non-conference game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.