Point Pleasant Big Blacks (2-1) at Herbert Hoover Huskies (1-2)
Last Week: Point Pleasant defeated Warren 54-7, in Vincent; Herbert Hoover defeated Nitro 23-7, in Clendenin.
Last meeting between the teams: Oct. 28, 2011. Point Pleasant won 41-7 in Point Pleasant
Current head-to-head streak: Point Pleasant has won 1 straight.
PPHS offense last week:240 rushing yards, 162 passing yards.
HHHS offense last week: 161 rushing yards, 71 passing yards.
PPHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cason Payne 5-7-0 165 yards, 2TDs; RB Justin Brumfield 3 carries, 76 yards, 2TDs; WR Josh Wamsley 2 receptions, 105 yards, 2TDs.
HHHS offensive leaders last week: QB Rhett White 4-9-0 79 yards, 1TD; RB Ben Kee 22 carries, 110 yards, 1TD; WR Justin Stover 3 receptions, 61 yards, 1TD.
PPHS defense last week: 54 rushing yards, 97 passing yards.
HHHS defense last week: 83 rushing yards, 81 passing yards.
Five things to note:
1. After a five-season hiatus, these former Cardinal Conference foes will now meet in non-conference play. PPHS and HHHS met in seven consecutive seasons from 2005-to-2011, with the Big Blacks holding a 4-3 record in that time.
2. Herbert Hoover hasn’t won in Mason County since Oct. 28, 2005, when the Huskies topped the Big Blacks by a 23-12 count. In Hoover’s three trips since, they’ve been outscored 102-to-35.
3. This is the final game three straight on the road for Point Pleasant. The Big Blacks have won 22 consecutive regular season road games. PPHS will still have trips to Parkersburg South and Bluefield left on the scheduled.
4. Through three games, Point Pleasant has outgained opponents 1,214-to-954 in total offense, with a 675-to-442 advantage on the ground. The Big Black ground attack is led by Payne with 277 yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries, and Brumfield with 265 yards and four scores on 30 carries.
5. Three weeks into the season, Point Pleasant is tied for 13th, with Winfield, in the WVSSAC Class AA rankings. Also in the rankings, Herbert Hoover is tied for 28th with Independence, Lincoln and Shady Spring. PPHS is one of 11 Class AA teams to surpass 100 points scored through three games.
Wahama White Falcons (0-3, 0-2) at Belpre Golden Eagles (1-2, 1-1)
Last Week: Wahama lost to Southern 27-21 2OT, in Racine; Belpre defeated Federal Hocking 51-0, in Stewart.
Last meeting between the teams: Sept. 16, 2016. Belpre won 28-20 in Mason.
Current head-to-head streak: Belpre has won 2 straight.
WHS offense last week: 180 rushing yards, 29 passing yards.
BHS offense last week: 188 rushing yards, 24 passing yards.
WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Bryton Grate 4-10-0 29 yards; RB Christian Thomas 26 carries, 117 yards, 3TDs; WR Jacob Warth 3 receptions, 24 yards.
BHS offensive leaders last week: QB Brandon Simoniette 3-5-0 24 yards; RB Tojzae Reams 5 carries, 54 yards, 1TD; WR Jesse Collins 2 receptions, 15 yards.
WHS defense last week: 209 rushing yards, 118 passing yards.
BHS defense last week: (-29) rushing yards, 83 passing yards.
Five things to note:
1. Still looking for their first win, Wahama is hoping to avoid its first 0-4 start since 1999. Dating back to last season WHS has now lost eight straight games, the longest skid in over 21 yards.
2. Wahama’s last trip to Belpre was on Sept. 18, 2015 and resulted in a 44-6 Golden Eagles victory. The White Falcons last won at BHS on Sept. 20, 2013, when WHS claimed a 60-8 win. Wahama is 5-2 against the Belpre since joining the TVC Hocking in 2010.
3. Last week, the White Falcons fought back from a 14-point deficit to force overtime, which they ultimately fell in. It was Wahama’s first overtime contest since winning the 2012 state title, 43-42 over Madonna in one overtime. WHS is now just 1-3 in its last three overtime games.
4. The White Falcons have relied more on the run than the pass this fall, rushing for 373 of their 544 total yards. Four of the five WHS touchdowns have been of the rushing variety, with Thomas leading the charge, posting 211 yards and three scores on 55 carries.
5. The first half has been a hindrance for Wahama, as the White Falcons have been outscored 49-to-13 before halftime so far this season. Belpre posted 48 first half points in its win over Federal Hocking on Friday.
Hannan Wildcats (0-3) at Hundred Hornets (0-3)
Last Game: Hannan lost to Manchester 42-6, in Ashton; Hundred lost to Beallsville 51-0, in Beallsville.
Last meeting between the teams: Sept. 16, 2016. Hannan won 39-22 in Ashton.
Current head-to-head streak: Hannan has won 5 straight.
Hannan offense last week: 193 rushing yards, 3 passing yards.
Hundred offense last game: N/A.
Hannan offensive leaders last week: QB Matthew Qualls 3-7-0 3 yards; Logan Nibert 20 carries, 196 yards, 1TD; Dominic Burris 2 receptions, 4 yards.
Hundred offensive leaders last game: N/A.
Hannan defense last week: 271 rushing yards, 56 passing yards.
Hundred defense last game: 322 rushing yards.
Five things to note:
1. Someone will get their first win on Saturday afternoon in Wetzel County. Along with Hannan and Hundred, 12 other Class A teams enter Week 4 in search of their first win of the year.
2. Hundred enters play with a 41-game losing skid. The Hornets — who didn’t have a varsity team in 2014 or 2015 — last won on Nov. 5 2010, by a 53-13 count at Rappahannock County, Va. Hannan will try to end a skid of its own, as the Wildcats have dropped 17 straight road games. Hannan’s last road win was a 56-0 victory on Sept. 7, 2013, at Hundred.
3. The last time the Hornets defeated Hannan was November 7, 2008 in Ashton, by a 22-14 tally. The 2008 win, along with a 46-0 win the year before are Hundred’s only victories over the Wildcats in the last 21 seasons.
4. The Wildcats have been outscored 94-to-6 this fall and Hannan is 1-of-5 Class A schools to be held under 10 points to this point in the season. The Hornets have been outscored by a 161-to-30 count in three games.
5. A total of seven Wildcats touched the ball on offense last week, with Nibert, Burris, Dylan Starkey and Cole Hively earning positive yardage against Manchester.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.