CLENDENIN, W.Va. — Another solid all-around effort.
The Point Pleasant football team scored a defensive touchdown, went perfect in the kicking game and also churned out 435 yards of total offense Friday en route to a wire-to-wire 35-14 victory over host Herbert Hoover in a Week 4 non-conference contest in Kanawha County.
The Big Blacks (3-1) notched their 23rd consecutive regular season road victory in convincing fashion as the guests stormed out to a 21-0 advantage after one quarter and owned a 28-point cushion at the intermission.
The Huskies (1-3) received a pair of touchdown scores from Justin Stover in the second half, but the hosts ultimately never came closer than the final 21-point outcome.
The PPHS defense wasted little time in getting the night started on a good note as Alec Smith recovered a Husky fumble on the opening play from scrimmage, then Smith rumbled 19 yards to paydirt to give the Red and Black a 7-0 advantage just 12 seconds into regulation.
After forcing a punt, Point followed with a scoring drive that resulted in a 7-yard run by Tucker Mayes. Jacob Bryant added the second of his five successful PAT kicks at the 8:08 mark, allowing the Big Blacks to increase their lead to 14-0.
Cason Payne gave the guests a 21-0 cushion with 3:40 left in the opening canto following a 3-yard run, then Payne found Smith on a 12-yard scoring pass with 26 seconds remaining before halftime to take a 28-0 lead into the break.
Stover trimmed the deficit down to 28-7 following a 10-yard run at the 6:13 mark of the third, but Payne countered with a 4-yard run at the 6:56 mark of the fourth — again giving Point Pleasant a 28-point cushion at 35-7.
Stover completed the scoring after hauling in a 5-yard pass from Rhett White with 3:10 left in regulation.
The Big Blacks outgained the hosts by a sizable 435-243 overall margin in total yards of offense, which included a hefty 331-108 advantage in rushing yards.
Both teams committed one turnover in the game and PPHS claimed a slim 17-15 edge in first downs while being flagged eight times for 65 yards. The Huskies, conversely, were penalized seven times for 35 yards.
PPHS — which produced 331 yards on 34 rushes, an average of 9.7 yards per carry — was led by Justin Brumfield with 160 yards on 12 carries, followed by Payne with 126 yards on 17 totes. Nick Parsons also chipped in 33 yards on three attempts.
Payne finished the night 14-of-17 passing for 104 yards, throwing one touchdown and zero interceptions. Josh Wamsley led the wideouts with six catches for 47 yards, followed by Mayes with 32 yards on three grabs.
After dropping a 36-34 decision to Mingo Central on a last second Hail Mary in Week 1, the Big Blacks have responded by winning three straight road games by a 109-35 margin.
Point Pleasant last lost a regular season road contest during Week 7 of the 2012 campaign following a 34-14 setback at Oak Hill.
White led the Huskies with 40 rushing yards on 17 attempts, followed by Stover with 37 yards on three carries and Ben Kee added 31 yards on 14 tries.
White was 10-of-19 passing for 104 yards, throwing one touchdown and zero interceptions. Jonathan Bradley led the wideouts with three catches for 19 yards.
The Point Pleasant victory was the 500th in the program’s history, which dates back to 1921. The Big Blacks are now 500-443-26 all-time.
After a perfect three-game road trip, Point returns to Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field on Friday in search of its first home win of the season when it hosts Mount View at 7:30 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.