OAK HILL, W.Va. — For the first time in a few seasons, the Big Blacks have lost back to back football games.
Despite a second straight halftime lead, the Big Blacks were defeated on the road by the Oak Hill Red Devils by a score of 34-14.
The Big Blacks struggled containing Oak Hill star running back Jalen Jones all night long but mostly in the second half. Jones, who already had over 1,000 yards on the season, continued his big season with 312 yards rushing.
Despite the big total, Jones was mostly contained in the first half outside of two big runs, but it was the two non-scoring drives of the Big Blacks that hurt the most.
Point was driving in the final minutes of the half and set up for a field goal with less than a minute left and missed the field goal. Point would get the ball first after the half, drive the length of the field, and come away with nothing yet again.
It proved to be the most pivotal point in the game as Oak Hill started putting points on the scoreboard and the Big Blacks just could not keep up.
Point was without leading rusher Tylun Campbell, who was forced to sit due to injury. Junior Teran Barnitz led the way with 42 yards on 13 carries. Chase Walton had 32 yards on 8 carries, Marqeuz Griffin had 27 yards on 9 carries, and Cody Mitchell had one carry for 5 yards.
Sophomore quarterback Aden Yates had his first non-100 yard passing game of the season with just 92 yards passing. He was 7 of 11 passing. Walton was his leading receiver with 5 receptions for 54 yards. Anthony Perry had one catch for 32 yards and Brycen Reymond had one catch for 6 yards.
The first scoring drive of the game came when Yates found Walton for a 14 yard touchdown throw with 2:46 left in the first quarter. The Colin Peal kick was good, giving Point the early 7-0 lead.
Oak Hill’s Jalen Jones would break tackles and run 66 yards down the sideline with 5:24 left in the half. The extra point was no good.
Oak Hill took the lead for good with 5:15 left in the third quarter when Deon Marion ran it in from one yard out. The extra point was no good again.
Oak Hill would find another scored with 46 seconds left in the third quarter as Goodman took it in from 8 yards out. The two-point conversion was good, giving Oak Hill the 20-6 lead.
Point would answer quickly with a drive that ended with a Teran Barnitz 3 yard touchdown run. The kick was good, giving Oak Hill the 20-14 lead with 9:57 left.
Oak Hill would get a big play out of Jones on the next drive but he was brought down by Point’s Gage Buskirk, in what would be a huge play as Oak Hill fumbled the ball on the next play.
The Big Blacks were set up with plenty of time on the clock before a game-ending interception touchdown by the Red Devils would end any hopes of a Big Blacks comeback.
Oak Hill would add one more touchdown with 3:13 left in the game when Jones would run it in from 28 yards out.
The Big Blacks must now get ready for the rivalry game with the Ravenswood Red Devils. The game will be at Flinn Field in Ravenswood next Friday at the usual game time of 7:30 p.m.