By Paul Adkins
Cody Mitchell scored five touchdowns and the Class AAA No. 6-ranked Point Pleasant High School football team dominated Logan in the trenches as the Big Blacks beat the No. 12 Wildcats 57-7 on Friday night in Logan’s annual Hall of Fame Game and home opener.
Point Pleasant improved to 4-0 on the season, while Logan dropped to 2-2.
As lopsided as the game was Logan competed much better than it did at Point Pleasant last year in a game that was 63-8 Point at halftime and the two second half quarters were shortened to two eight-minute periods on a running clock.
Still, the Wildcats were no match for Point Pleasant, which won for the fourth straight time over Logan.
Mitchell scored Point’s first four touchdowns on runs of 1, 6, 29 and 4 to put the Big Blacks on top, 28-0.
Point Pleasant’s Cody Mitchell ran in for a 29-yard touchdown in Friday night’s win by the Big Blacks at Logan Stadium in the Wildcats’ home opener. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Point Pleasant tacked on a 24-yard field goal with 6.3 ticks left until halftime to take a 31-0 halftime lead.
The Big Blacks upped the margin to 37-0 with Grant Safford’s 8-yard TD run with 10:33 to go in the third quarter.
Mitchell then scored his fifth and final touchdown of the night on a 37-yard run with 4:44 in the third as Point Pleasant increased the lead to 43-0.
Just eight seconds into the fourth quarter, Point Pleasant went up 50-0 on a 29-yard touchdown pass from freshman Carson Payne to senior Jordan Cunningham.
Logan was then able to get on the scoreboard with 2:15 left as quarterback Alex Toler tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Browning. Augustine Chukwu-Noe booted the PAT and the score was 50-7.
Then on the ensuing kickoff, the Big Blacks’ Nathan Bowman returned it to the house on an 87-yard touchdown with 2:02 left to finish out the scoring at 57-7.
Logan travels to Chapmanville Regional this coming Friday night to take on the Tigers in a big county clash. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Chapmanville is 4-0 after winning 55-14 Friday night at winless Poca, a team which has now lost 21 straight games.
Man, ranked No. 1 in Class A, easily defeated winless River View 54-0 on Friday night at Man in the annual MHS Hall of Fame Game. The Hillbillies are now 4-0 and will retain the No. 1 spot in the state in this week’s state ratings.
The Billies play at No. 5 Fayetteville (3-1) this Friday. Fayetteville was upset 26-13 at Meadow Bridge on Friday night.
Logan’s Chance Conn and Gavin Ellis tackle the Point Pleasant ballcarrier. (Video by Paul Adkins)
LHS football coach Gary Mullins and his staff talk to the team during a timeout. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Point Pleasant QB Cody Mitchell completes a pass. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan High School wide receiver Jamal Minter catches a pass from Logan QB Alex Toler in Friday night’s game. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Point’s Grant Safford runs for 21 yards. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The Big Blacks’ Grant Safford gets a 5-yard gainer. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The Wildcats’ Devonte Tolliver runs on a draw play. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan and Point Pleasant players meet before the game with the coin flip. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan QB Alex Toler passes to Terrance Chapman. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan’s Matthew Cox returns a kick in Friday night’s game. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The Wildcats take the field. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan vs. Point Pleasant
Football Series Last 10 years
(Point Pleasanat leads 4-2)
2015: Point Pleasant 57, Logan 7
2014: Point Pleasant 63, Logan 8
2013: Point Pleasant 41, Logan 14 (3A playoffs)
2013: Point Pleasant 37, Logan 21
2007: Logan 28, Point Pleasant 7
2006: Logan 27, Point Pleasant 14