POINT PLEASANT — “Unbelievable season.”
These were the words spoken by Mayor Brian Billings when welcoming Point Pleasant High School football coaches and players to the City of Point Pleasant’s regular council meeting this week.
Billings, City Clerk Amber Tatterson and members of city council prepared a special proclamation for the team in recognition of their 10-0 undefeated season, as well as two playoff wins in WV Class AAA this year. The Big Blacks ended with a 12-1 record and their only loss was in the third round of the state playoffs to a Wheeling Park team that went on to win the state title.
Billings, speaking for Tatterson and council members, said the team had put Point Pleasant “back on the map” when it came to getting positive recognition across the state and among local communities. Councilman Bob Rulen said the team and their season brought back a lot of “pride in the community.”
Coach Dave Darst accepted the proclamation on behalf of his coaching staff and players, thanking those in attendance for the recognition, saying the support the team receives from the community has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. He said, looking back into the stands from the field is “unbelievable” and that the team and staff feed off of that.
“It makes us play better,” Darst said. “The support we have is just as important a component as what we do in the offseason.”
Darst and Assistant Coach Terry Rollins said the proclamation, along with those the city has presented the team in the past, will hang in the team’s weight room, along with team photos from years gone by, preserving a legacy for the program which continues to grow.
Billings, Tatterson and council members also presented players and coaches with commemorative pins.
More photos from this week’s proclamation presentation appear inside this edition as do photos from this year’s playoff games.
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