POINT PLEASANT — Cody Mitchell’s seven touchdown carries carried Point Pleasant into round two of the Class AAA high school football playoffs.
No. 2 Point Pleasant (11-0) plowed past No. 15 Musselman (6-5) on Friday, 54-14, at home at the Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field facility.
Mitchell, a senior back who is committed to Marshall University, ripped the Applemen for 203 yards on 20 rushes with TD runs of 9, 32, 2, 14, 20, 67 and 8 yards.
Point Pleasant had a trio of 100-yard runners on its way to 563 total yards.
Grant Safford ran 23 times for 170 yards including a 44-yard TD play. Freshman quarterback Cason Payne carried eight times for 127 yards.
Musselman quarterback Latrell Warr passed for 164 yards and ran for 79. Warr broke a 58-yard scoring run and completed a 67-yard touchdown pass to Robert Glover.
Cabell Midland 55,
Class AAA No. 1 Cabell Midland (11-0) advanced into the quarterfinals with a 55-7 win over No. 16 Princeton (5-6) on Saturday.
The Knights finished with three players rushing for over 100 yards as Jacob Hendricks totaled 131 yards, Devin Stapleton added 123 yards and Caperton Humphrey finished with 122 yards in the win.
Cabell Midland’s quarterfinal opponent next week will be No. 9 Brooke.
Greenbrier East 28
No. 5 Martinsburg (8-2) defeated No. 12 Greenbrier East (7-4) 47-28 on Friday night as sophomore quarterback Tyson Bagent had a quick start, throwing for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone.
The Brooke Bruins (8-3) scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to beat Morgantown (8-3) 27-14 on Saturday.
Brooke running back Justin Loughrie scored two rushing touchdowns, while quarterback Koty Hudson threw for 148 yards in the comeback.
Wheeling Park 37,
Spring Valley 14
No. 3 Wheeling Park improved to 9-1-1 on the season with Saturday’s 37-14 win at home over No. 14 Spring Valley in Class AAA playoff action.
Spring Valley ended its season at 6-5.
Spring Mills 20
Tyrhee Pratt threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns and No. 4 seed Capital scored a pair of defensive TDs barely a minute apart in the first quarter Saturday, kickstarting a 62-7 victory over Spring Mills in a Class AAA first-round game.
The defending state champion Cougars (8-2) host No. 5 Martinsburg (8-2) in next week’s quarterfinals.
Silas Nazario ran for 109 yards and one score and caught an 80-yard TD pass for Capital. Colin Pierce returned an interception 31 yards for a score and Kerry Martin brought back a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.
For the Cardinals (7-4), appearing in their first-ever postseason game, Colton Henson scored on a 12-yard run with 1:40 left to avert a shutout. Spring Mills managed just 72 total yards.
George Washington 7
HUNTINGTON — Huntington High used two huge plays and 50 smaller ones to dominate George Washington 25-7 Friday night in the first round of the Class AAA high school football playoffs at Bob Sang Stadium.
Dionne Jackson caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Jaylen Adaway and returned an interception 75 yards for a TD in a 46-second span to boost the No. 7 Highlanders (9-2) to victory over the 10th-seeded Patriots (7-4).
Huntington High will play at No. 2 Point Pleasant (11-0) in the second round either Friday or Saturday. The Big Blacks routed Princeton 54-14 Friday night.
Terrance Tate ran for 100 yards for HHS and Seth Finnegan added 76 yards on 20 carries.
The Highlanders gained 317 yards and held George Washington to 178. HHS limited G.W. star runner NuNu Miller, who had gained 1,850 yards in the previous 10 games, to 79 yards on 13 attempts.
South Charleston 28,
South Charleston isn’t considered a run-first team.
The windy conditions Saturday changed all that, and the Black Eagles’ ground game took over in the second half.
Quarterback Kente Grier rushed for two third-quarter touchdowns and put the game away with a fourth-quarter score as the 11th-ranked Black Eagles knocked sixth-ranked Jefferson out of the Class AAA football playoffs with an impressive 28-8 win.
With the exception of Chrisjamar Perkins’ 54-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, Jefferson’s defense contained South Charleston’s backfield duo. Midway into the third quarter, however, Perkins broke through for a 55-yard scamper to the 6. Grier ended the drive by diving into the end zone for a 7-yard scoring run to give the Black Eagles a 14-2 lead.
Just under three minutes later, Grier found a big hole opened up by the offensive line and went 74 yards untouched to paydirt on third-and-4 for a 20-2 advantage with 2:43 to go in the third quarter.
The Cougars (8-3) cut the deficit with 6:10 to go in the game when Christian Johnson got behind the defensive back and Isaac Myers threw a perfect pass down the right sideline for a 50-yard strike, getting the hosts within 20-8.
After the Black Eagles recovered the onside kick, Grier ended any hopes of a Jefferson comeback with a 21-yard gallop over the left side. Fred Crozier closed out the scoring with a two-point run.