MARIETTA, Ohio — One for the road.
The Point Pleasant coaching staff had one more chance to coach eight PPHS graduates in the 2015 Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Classic at Marietta College’s Don Drumm Stadium and the Big Black coaches took full advantage. The West Virginia all-star team, coached by the PPHS football staff, improved to 14-8 all-time against the Buckeye State, with a 28-6 victory on Friday night.
“We were just glad that we got to coach these kids one more time,” Point Pleasant head coach Dave Darst said. “We’re honored to be able to do it and we’re glad that we got to do it with this group of kids, because they are the winningest group of seniors in the history of Point Pleasant High School. For us to go out and get one more win with them is pretty neat.”
After over 10 minutes of scoreless play the West Virginia all-stars struck first as Williamstown’s Dakota Watson broke a 16-yard touchdown run. Point Pleasant’s Dylan Lunsford added the extra point and the Blue and Gold led 7-0 with 1:36 left in the opening stanza.
The ensuing Ohio all-stars drive was cut short by a fumble just on the West Virginia side of the 50 yard line. Parkersburg graduate Josh Trembly, who was later named the Mountain State MVP, scooped the lose ball and rumbled 53 yards for the touchdown. The point after attempt failed, but the Blue and Gold led 13-0 with 10:53 remaining in the first half.
West Virginia — which went three-and-out on both of it’s second quarter drives — started the second half right, as an 8-play drive was capped off by a 35 yard touchdown pass from Point Pleasant’s Aden Yates to St. Mary’s Corey Stewart. Yates then completed a two-point conversion pass to Gilmer County’s Austin Ratliff, which gave West Virginia a 21-0 advantage with 9:19 left in the third canto.
Ohio, which was led by the Trimble coaching staff, was held off the board in the first three quarters, but finally broke through less than a minute into the fourth. Meigs graduate Michael Davis, who was later named Buckeye State MVP, broke a 38-yard run for a touchdown, but the point after attempt failed and West Virginia led 21-6.
The Blue and Gold took over on a short field after a failed onside kick attempt by Ohio. A 5-play drive that featured three quarterback keepers by Yates, was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run from the PPHS signal caller and an extra point kick by Lunsford.
Ohio’s best chance at scoring again was ended in the final minute of the game when Point Pleasant graduate Gage Buskirk intercepted a pass in the endzone, sealing the 28-6 Mountain State victory.
Yates led the victors with 79 yards rushing with a touchdown on eight carries, while completing three passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Buskirk added a 6-yard run for West Virginia, while PPHS graduate Brian Gibbs hauled in a two-yard reception.
Davis posted 101 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for the Buckeye State, while catching two passes for 23 yards and completing one pass for 25 yards. Davis is the first Tri-Valley Conference alum to earn BACF MVP honors since 2008 when Federal Hocking’s Adam Tate took the award.
The Ohio all-stars, which last won in 2014 by an 18-15 count at Parkersburg High School’s Stadium Field, fall to 2-2 in games played at Don Drumm Stadium.
Local athletes suiting up for the Mountain State were PPHS graduates Jon Peterson, Dylan Lunsford, Aden Yates, Brian Gibbs, Gage Buskirk, Cody Marcum, Chase Moses and Noah Morgan. Local athletes playing for Ohio were Meigs graduates Michael Davis and Daylen Neece.