RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — It had been a long time since the Point Pleasant Big Blacks had lost back-to-back-to-back regular season games – the 2009 season to be exact – but the losing ways are over after a road win over the Ravenswood Red Devils 45-7.
The Big Blacks – coming off losses to Brooke and Oak Hill – rebounded with their biggest offensive explosion since the early part of the season.
Point had 435 total yards of offense with three players standing out the most – senior running back Tylun Campbell had over 100 yards rushing, sophomore quarterback Aden Yates had nearly 200 yards throwing, and junior wingback Chase Walton had 100 yards receiving.
Campbell – who missed last week’s game versus Oak Hill – returned and had his best game of the year with 13 carries for 104 yards. Marquez Griffin narrowly missed the 100 yard mark with 12 carries for 87 yards. Other ball carriers on the night included Chase Walton, Teran Barnitz, Cody Mitchell, Aden Yates, Cody Marcum, and Cody McDaniel.
Yates – coming off his lowest passing performance of the season – completed 12 of 16 passes on the night for 187 yards and passed for three touchdowns. Walton was his leading receiver with 6 grabs for 100 yards. Marquez Griffin had 2 catches for 43 yards, Andrew Williamson 1 catch for 20 yards, Cody Mitchell 2 for 17 yards, and Austen Toler 1 catch for 7 yards.
Finally, maybe most importantly, it was the Big Blacks defense stepping up and playing one of their best games of the year, holding Ravenswood to just 124 yards of total offense on the night. Several big plays defensively – a 98 yard interception run (tripped at the 1 yard line) by Marquez Griffin, a sack by Luke Halstead, several great plays from Andrew Williamson – helped lead the Big Blacks to the victory. Chase Walton, Teran Barnitz, Cody McDaniel, Luke Halstead, and Brycen Reymond all had good nights defensively.
Despite one big drive in the first quarter that resulted in no points, it took Point nearly the entire first quarter before finding their first score. After a big pass interference call negated a big Ravenswood gain, they were forced to punt, and on the first play of the drive Marquez Griffin raced 54 yards for the score. The Colin Peal kick was good.
Peal would add his first field goal of the season – a 22 yard kick – at the 7:22 mark of the second quarter.
Ravenswood had their only scoring drive on the following drive when Devon Crews scored from 12 yards out. The extra point try was good.
After a series of possessions, Point got the ball with just a little over a minute left before halftime at mid-field and found a way to capitalize. Aden Yates found Griffin for a 22 yard score with just 10 seconds left in the half to set the halftime score at 17-7.
After halftime, it was all Point Pleasant. Andrew Williamson capped off the opening drive of the half with a 20 yard catch from Yates. Walton would later catch a 6 yard pass in the third quarter as well from Yates.
Teran Barnitz scored from one yard out after senior Marquez Griffin returned an interception 98 yards. After a quick Ravenswood fumble, Campbell would add his only score of the night, a 14 yard run to set the final score at 45-7.
The Big Blacks will return home for two of the final three games of the year as Shady Spring comes to town next Friday night.