Princeton Tigers (5-4) at Point Pleasant Big Blacks (9-0)
Last Week: Princeton lost to Greenbrier East 40-7, in Princeton; Point Pleasant defeated Westside 52-14, in Clear Fork.
Last meeting between the teams: November 6, 2015. Point Pleasant won 66-0 in Princeton.
Current head-to-head streak: Point Pleasant has won 1 straight.
PHS offense last week: 95 rushing yards, 13 passing yards.
PPHS offense last week: 285 rushing yards, 198 passing yards.
PHS offensive leaders last week: QB Christian Shafer 2-of-4, 13 yards, 2INTs; RB Zach Standifur 16 carries, 78 yards; WR Mohammad Abdulwahed 1 reception, 15 yards.
PPHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cason Payne 11-of-20, 190 yards, 2TDs; RB Grant Safford 18 carries, 102 yards, TD; WR Grant Safford 3 receptions, 63 yards, TD.
PHS defense last week: 220 rushing yards, 133 passing yards
PPHS defense last week: 87 rushing yards, 138 passing yards
Five things to note:
1. Point Pleasant has won 8 straight regular season finales. The last time PPHS dropped the final game of the regular season was 2008, when host Chapmanville handed the Big Blacks a 27-6 defeat.
2. The Big Blacks have won a state-best 42 consecutive regular season games and they will be trying to caputre their fourth straight perfect season on Friday. Point Pleasant has had perfect campaigns in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 1979 and 1969, as well as an unbeaten season in 1962, which did have one tie.
3. The PPHS offense reached another milestone last Friday, surpassing 4,000 yards of total offense for the season. PPHS has 2,878 yards on the ground and 1,126 yards passing, to go with 183 first downs and 53 offensive scores.
4. Point Pleasant is plus-15 in turnover differential this season and has only allowed 2,091 yards of total offense to opponents. PPHS has allowed just 93 first downs and 17 touchdowns (7 passing, 9 rushing, 1 special teams) this fall.
5. The Big Blacks — who are one of three unbeaten teams in Class AA — are currently third in the WVSSAC Class AA playoff ratings, behind Bridgeport and Mingo Central. Princeton is currently the last team in the Class AAA postseason, holding down the 16 spot.
Buffalo Bison (6-3) at Wahama White Falcons (2-7)
Last Game: Buffalo lost to Winfield 30-21, in Winfield; Wahama lost to Miller 40-0, in Hemlock.
Last meeting between the teams: November 6, 2015. Buffalo won 66-27 in Buffalo.
Current head-to-head streak: Buffalo has won 2 straight.
BHS offense last week: 362 rushing yards, 52 passing yards.
WHS offense last game: (-25) rushing yards, 28 passing yards.
BHS offensive leaders last week: QB Ethan Burgess 4-of-12 52 yards; RB Dylan Lucas 19 carries, 332 yards, 3TDs; WR Owen Tillis 3 receptions, 38 yards.
WHS offensive leaders last game: QB Bryton Grate 10-of-20, 28 yards; RB Colton Arrington 8 carries, 23 yards; WR Christian Thomas 3 receptions, 13 yards.
BHS defense last week: 247 rushing yards, 103 passing yards
WHS defense last game: 394 rushing yards, 50 passing yards
Five things to note:
1. Buffalo and Wahama have played every season since 2003. During the current series, WHS holds a 9-5 record over the Bison. The White Falcon offense has averaged 36 points per game, while allowing 22 points per game, during that span.
2. Buffalo has 3,693 yards of total offense this season, including 2,839 on the ground. Of Buffalo’s 336 rushing attempts, Dylan Lucas leads the way with 177 carries for 2,180 yards. The BHS senior is also tied for the team lead in receptions with 17 catches for 348 yards.
3. Wahama’s offense has posted 1,682 yards (400 passing, 1,282 rushing), 15 touchdowns (5 passing, 10 rushing) and 93 first downs this fall. In addition, the White Falcons have scored twice on defense.
4. The White Falcons are 0-4 at home this season and its the first time since 2005 that the Red and White won’t have a winning mark at Bachtel Stadium. It’s been over 21 years since the home team has gone winless in Mason.
5. The Bison are currently 15th in the WVSSAC Class A playoff ratings and are trying to secure their third straight trip to the postseason. Wahama is tied for 29th in the ratings, with Tucker County.