Point Pleasant outlasts Miners, 42-35


Wahama, Hannan shut out in Week 1

By Bryan Walters - bwalters@aimmediamidwest.com



Point Pleasant senior Josh Wamsley (2) hauls in a pass during a 2017 Week 1 football contest against Mingo Central at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Point Pleasant senior Josh Wamsley (2) hauls in a pass during a 2017 Week 1 football contest against Mingo Central at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


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Not entirely road warriors.

Both Wahama and Hannan were shut out in their respective season openers, but Point Pleasant did manage to exact a little revenge while becoming the only Mason County gridiron team to start the 2018 campaign on a positive note following a 42-35 decision at Mingo Central.

The Big Blacks (1-0) never trailed in the first half, but found themselves in a pair of seven-point holes midway through the third quarter.

PPHS, however, tied things up at 35-all late in the third, then Cason Payne clinched things with a 39-yard scamper with 2:37 left in regulation — allowing the Big Blacks to hold on for a seven-point triumph.

Mingo Central (0-1) snapped Point Pleasant’s 43-game regular season winning streak during last year’s season opener at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field, using a Hail Mary pass on the final play of regulation to claim a 36-34 decision.

The White Falcons had a four-game regular season winning streak come to an end following a 42-0 setback to host Ravenswood in the debut for WHS coach James Toth.

Wahama (0-1) — which fell 27-12 to the Red Devils in Week 1 a year ago — hadn’t lost consecutive season openers since a three-year drought between 2004-06.

Hannan suffered its 19th straight season-opening loss with a 56-0 setback at Tug Valley, a tough start for new HHS coach Kellie Thomas in her debut.

The Wildcats (1-0) last won a Week 1 contest back in 1999 with a 27-7 decision over Hamlin.

Both Point Pleasant and Wahama are again on the road in Week 2 contests at South Harrison and at Miller, respectively. Hannan will host Green in Week 2 as well.

All three Mason County programs will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

Due to an early deadline, the Mason County football openers from Week 1 will be available — if information is received — in the Tuesday sports edition of the Point Pleasant Register. Game stories will be available online at mydailyregister.com before appearing in print.

Point Pleasant senior Josh Wamsley (2) hauls in a pass during a 2017 Week 1 football contest against Mingo Central at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2018/08/web1_8.25-PP-Wamsley.jpgPoint Pleasant senior Josh Wamsley (2) hauls in a pass during a 2017 Week 1 football contest against Mingo Central at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters|OVP Sports
Wahama, Hannan shut out in Week 1

By Bryan Walters

bwalters@aimmediamidwest.com

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.