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  • Big Blacks roll past Vikings in renewal of rivalry, 63-7

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  • POINT PLEASANT – You could say that Point Pleasant’s football team got its point across on Friday night. Or, make that Points.
    In the renewal of its rivalry with Ripley, the Big Blacks wanted the Old Oaken Bucket in the worst way. The schools hadn’t met since 2007 and when they did Ripley was victorious. Thus, the Bucket had been resting nicely in a Ripley High trophy case ever since.
    It is now, though, back in Mason County following Point Pleasant’s convincing 63-7 win over the Vikings Friday night at Point Pleasant High School Stadium.
    The Big Blacks amassed 35 first quarter points and led 49-7 at halftime before taking on two more scores, one in the third and another in the fourth, to produce the final outcome.
    The win moved Dave Darst’s crew to 2-0 while the Vikings remain in search of their first win 2013 by sitting at 0-2.
    “We were pretty much outplayed from the very first snap,” first-year Viking head coach David Tennant said. “We knew coming in they were fast and they were also strong.”
    Point started out of the gates like lightning as Aden Yates tossed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jon Peterson for six.
    The score occurred at the 10:42 mark and the Big Blacks were just getting warmed up. By the first quarter’s end, Chase Walton (8-yard run), Cody Mitchell (2-yard run), Austen Toler (5-yard run) and Walton again (a 19-yard pass from Yates) had all found the end zone.
    Mitchell would race 48 yards for a second quarter score at the 9:55 mark to put the Big Blacks up 42-0.
    Ripley finally dented the scoreboard when Kade Harrison hauled in a pass from Trevor Tucker.
    The play covered 82 yards and came with 8:54 left to go in the first half.
    Point scored again before the break when Walton collected his third TD on a 6-yard run.
    In the third, Walton gathered in an 11-yard TD pass from Yates while Grant Safford scored on a 5-yard in the fourth to finish off the night’s scoring.
    The Big Blacks racked up 594 yards of total offense to Ripley’s 129. Mitchell led the Point rushing attack with 134 yards on 14 carries.
    Walton also went over the century mark with 110 on only nine touches. Yates threw for 149 yards and the three scores.
    Tucker was 2-for-8 in the passing department for 94 yards, with the big completion going to Harrison. Chance Ranson added 15 yards through the air by completing 2-of-9 attempts. Tucker, who is suffering from a thigh bruise, led Ripley’s running attack that Point made virtually non-existent with 10 yards on eight carries. Besides the TD reception, Harrison, who was trying to fight off a nasty hip-pointer, had one other catch in the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - Nathan Tucker led the way on the prevent side of the ball with 14 tackles. Harrison and Cody Harris had five tackles.
    Harpold, Zach DeFrank and Austin Hall each collected four. Luke Layhew, Brandon Tolley and Trae Stout had three stops in the loss. Ryan Stutler, and Jordan Ramsey both registered two tackles. Derek Hartley, Issac Koontz, Nolan Holley, Adam Bailey, Zach Beegle, D.J. Cummings, Bradley Knotts and Logan Buckalew all came up with one tackle. Nathan Jones recovered a fumble.
    In the return department, Harpold brought back four kickoffs for 48 yards. Stutler returned three for 28.
    It’s never easy being in a game like that, especially on the short-end of the scoreboard. Tennant was pleased his team kept battling in the face of lots of adversity.
    “We had some guys who definitely gave it everything they had,” he said.
    Tennant noted that lineman Jacob Kay suffered a concussion and will miss the next few weeks.
    Ripley will be on the road this Friday night for a meeting with Winfield at Generals Stadium.
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