Point hosts AA playoff opener


Big Blacks welcome Mingo Central on Saturday afternoon

By Bryan Walters - bwalters@aimmediamidwest.com



Point Pleasant defenders Cason Payne (7) and Josh Wamsley (2) combine to bring down a Warren running back during a Week 3 football contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Point Pleasant defenders Cason Payne (7) and Josh Wamsley (2) combine to bring down a Warren running back during a Week 3 football contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


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Point Pleasant junior wideout Aiden Sang (33) breaks away from a Warren defender during a Week 3 football contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant football program secured its 11th straight playoff berth and a sixth consecutive postseason game at home with the announcement of the 2018 Class AA bracket on Sunday by the WVSSAC.

The Big Blacks (8-1) earned the eight seed and will host ninth-seeded Mingo Central (8-2) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field in Mason County.

Point Pleasant — which will be making its 16th playoff appearance in history — owns an 11-15 all-time mark in postseason games. It will also be a rematch of the 2018 season opener for both programs, which PPHS won by a 42-35 margin in Matewan.

The Big Blacks are 55-8 at OVB Field since the stadium opened in 2009, including a 9-4 mark in playoff games. PPHS coach Dave Darst is also 9-10 in playoff games overall during his 12 seasons at the helm.

Point Pleasant — which has a playoff win in each of the past five seasons — has won 27 of its last 31 decisions in the friendly confines of OVB Field.

The Miners are making their seventh consecutive postseason appearance, which includes a Class AA championship during the 2016 campaign. MCHS is also 4-1 in road contests this fall, with the loss coming at Poca (45-27) in Week 5.

Both Wahama and Hannan failed to qualify for postseason play after finishing the 2018 campaign with identical 1-9 marks.

Like top-seeded Fairmont Senior (10-0) and fourth-seeded Nicholas County (10-0) in Class AA, each classification has two unbeaten teams apiece at the start of their respective playoff tournaments.

Second-seeded Midland Trail (10-0) and fifth-seeded Cameron (10-0) are in Class A, while Martinsburg (10-0) and Spring Valley (10-0) both sit 1-2 atop the Class AAA bracket.

Second-seeded Bluefield (9-1) is the defending Class AA state champion headed into the opening round of the playoffs.

Top-seeded Wheeling Central Catholic (9-1) and top-seeded Martinsburg are the reigning champions in single-A and triple-A, respectively.

The 2018 WVSSAC football playoff pairings for each classification are listed below with seeds and game times.

2018 WVSSAC Football Playoff Pairings

CLASS AA

(1) Fairmont Senior (10-0) vs. (16) Lewis County (6-4) – Saturday, 1:30

(2) Bluefield (9-1) vs. (15) Oak Hill (7-3) – Friday, 7:30

(3) Bridgeport (9-1) vs. (14) Frankfort (8-2) – Friday, 7:30

(4) Nicholas County (10-0) vs. (13) Petersburg (7-2) – Friday, 7:30

(5) Poca (9-1) vs. (12) Weir (8-2) – Saturday, 1:30

(6) Robert C. Byrd (8-2) vs. (11) Shady Spring (8-2) – Friday, 7:30

(7) Keyser (8-2) vs. (10) Wayne (8-2) – Saturday, 1:30

(8) Point Pleasant (8-1) vs. (9) Mingo Central (8-2) – Saturday, 1:30

CLASS A

(1) Wheeling Central (9-1) vs. (16) Tyler Consolidated (6-4) – Friday, 7:30 at Brooke H.S.

(2) Midland Trail (10-0) vs. (15) Tucker County (6-4) – Friday, 7:30

(3) Mount View (9-1) vs. (14) Ritchie County (7-3) – Friday, 7:30 at Princeton H.S.

(4) Doddridge County (10-0) vs. (13) Webster County (6-4) – Friday, 7:30

(5) Cameron (10-0) vs. (12) Van (8-2) – Saturday, 7:30

(6) Williamstown (8-2) vs. (11) Summers County (7-3) – Saturday, 1:30

(7) Sherman (9-1) vs. (10) Parkersburg Catholic (9-1) – Friday, 7:30

(8) Pendleton County (8-2) vs. (9) Magnolia (7-3) – Friday, 7:30

CLASS AAA

(1) Martinsburg (10-0) vs. (16) Hurricane (5-5) – Saturday, 1:30

(2) Spring Valley (10-0) vs. (15) Spring Mills (5-5) – Friday, 7:30

(3) Capital (9-1) vs. (14) Morgantown (5-5) – Friday, 7:30

(4) Musselman (9-1) vs. (13) John Marshall (6-4) – Friday, 7:30

(5) Ripley (9-1) vs. (12) Greenbrier East (6-4) – Friday, 7:30

(6) Parkersburg South (7-3) vs. (11) Hedgesville (6-4) – Saturday, 1:30

(7) Huntington (7-3) vs. (10) Cabell Midland (6-4) – Friday, 7:30

(8) Wheeling Park (7-3) vs. (9) Parkersburg (6-4) – Friday, 7:30

* — all start times are in the p.m.

Point Pleasant defenders Cason Payne (7) and Josh Wamsley (2) combine to bring down a Warren running back during a Week 3 football contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2018/11/web1_11.7-PP-Tackle.jpgPoint Pleasant defenders Cason Payne (7) and Josh Wamsley (2) combine to bring down a Warren running back during a Week 3 football contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters|OVP Sports

Point Pleasant junior wideout Aiden Sang (33) breaks away from a Warren defender during a Week 3 football contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2018/11/web1_11.7-PP-Sang.jpgPoint Pleasant junior wideout Aiden Sang (33) breaks away from a Warren defender during a Week 3 football contest at OVB Field in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters|OVP Sports
Big Blacks welcome Mingo Central on Saturday afternoon

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.