POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Better start. Same finish.
The Point Pleasant football team scored on all seven of its first half possessions and held visiting Ripley to just one first down before halftime Friday night en route to a 64-6 victory in a Week 2 non-conference matchup at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field in Mason County.
The host Big Blacks (2-0) extended their West Virginia-best regular season winning streak to 25 games and also picked up their third consecutive victory over the Vikings (0-2) — allowing PPHS to hold on to the Oak’en Bucket for another fall.
Point Pleasant churned out 416 yards of total offense and limited RHS to a mere 150 offensive yards. Ripley — which gained its only first half first down with 2:20 remaining until halftime — had only seven total yards of in the opening 24 minutes of play.
The Big Blacks led 21-0 after one quarter — which included a pair of 30-minute delays due to lightning in the vicinity — and the hosts owned a 45-0 cushion headed into the intermission. PPHS tacked on two more scores for a 58-0 edge through three quarters, then both teams scored six points down the stretch to wrap up the 58-point finale.
Cody Mitchell and Grant Safford each scored three touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards in the triumph. The Big Blacks were also plus-2 in turnover differential at night’s end.
Due to the weekend editorial deadline, a complete recap of the Ripley at Point Pleasant contest will be available in the Tuesday sports edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.