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Bears' season is over

November 20, 2011
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports writer (fyounce@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. - The Oak Glen offense faced a defense that had not given up more than 18 points all season in its second round West Virginia Class AA playoff game against Point Pleasant.

The Golden Bears surpassed that total in the first quarter against the vaunted Big Blacks defense en route to a 40-point day.

Unfortunately for Oak Glen the Point Pleasant offense was up to the task as it rode the power of a 21-0 third stanza to a 66-40 win over the Golden Bears.

Article Photos

UP AND IN — Oak Glen senior quarterback Lucas McDowell dives into the end zone during Saturday’s West Virginia Class AA state quarterfinal playoff game at Point Pleasant High School. The No. 1 ranked Big Blacks continued their season with a 66-40 victory over the Golden Bears, who finished with a school-record 10-2 slate.
-- Brent Sobleski

"We're pleased with the way we performed today," said Oak Glen head coach Tony Filberto. "That's a good football team that beat us today.

"There is a real good chance they're going to end up in the state championship game."

The team combined for an eye-popping 911 yards to go with the 104 points as the afternoon felt more like a track meet, at times, than a football game.

Fact Box

Point Pleasant 66, Oak Glen 40

Oak Glen 21 7 0 12 - 40

Point Pleasant 21 17 21 7 - 66

PP: Griffin 95 kickoff return (Parsons kick)

OG: Hissam 83 pass from McDowell (Weltner kick)

OG: McDowell 17 run (Weltner kick)

PP: Barnitz 44 run (Parsons kick)

PP: Toler 74 pass from Roberts (Parsons kick)

OG: Hissam 61 pass from McDowell (Weltner kick)

PP: Thompson 19 pass from Roberts (Parsons kick)

OG: McDowell 7 run (Weltner kick)

PP: Stouffer 5 run (Parsons kick)

PP: Parsons 24 field goal

PP: Long 3 run (Parsons kick)

PP: Toler 38 pass from Roberts (Parsons kick)

PP: Long 6 run (Parsons kick)

OG: Davis 14 run (Pass failed)

OG: Davis 5 run (Run failed)

PP: Walton 3 run (Parsons kick)

RUSHING: Oak Glen 40-143-4TD (Davis 19-81-2TD, McDowell 15-58-2TD, Campbell 3-0, Hissam 1-3, DiPasquale 1-3, Delekta 1-(-2)); Point Pleasant 41-261 (Barnitz 11-142-1TD, Griffin 9-72, Roberts 6-21, Long 6-19-2TD, Walton 4-4-1TD, Wallace 2-(-4), Stouffer 1-5-1TD, Blaskirk 1-0, Hadron 1-2).

PASSING: Oak Glen 10-22-253-2TD-2INT (All by McDowell); Point Pleasant 10-19-254-3TD-1INT (All by Roberts).

RECEIVING: Oak Glen (Hissam 6-180-2TD, Smith 1-34, Davis 1-22, Flowers 1-17, Steed 1-0); Point Pleasant (Stouffer 3-62, Toler 2-112-2TD, Thompson 2-33-1TD, Walton 2-31, Griffin 1-16).

FIRST DOWNS: Oak Glen 15; Point Pleasant 20.

PENALTIES-YARDS: Oak Glen 2-20; Point Pleasant 6-42.

FUMBLES-LOST: Oak Glen 2-1; Point Pleasant 2-1.

"We're an explosive football team offensively," said Filberto. "We have athletic offensive linemen. I think that's a combination you need in high school football.

"We're real proud of our performance against such a great football team."

The Big Blacks got things started on the opening kickoff as Marquez Griffin took the return 95 yards for a touchdown and kicker Joshua Parson kicked his first of nine extra points to make the game 7-0 Point Pleasant just 16 seconds in.

Oak Glen answered right back.

On the second play of the ensuing drive Lucas McDowell lofted a pass to Jeff Hissam, who hauled the ball in and pulled away from Griffin, who was in coverage, on his way to an 83-yard score. Josh Weltner's extra point made the game 7-7.

On the first play of the Big Blacks' next drive Dylan Powell hit Point Pleasant quarterback Eric Roberts for a sack and a forced fumble that Powell's teammate Zack Staley fell on at the Big Blacks' 17-yard line.

On the next play McDowell picked up a fumbled snap sprinted outside and down the sideline for a touchdown. Weltner's point after was true and the Oak Glen led 14-7 with 10:31 still left in the first quarter.

Point Pleasant kept the big plays coming two possessions later on a 44-yard run by Teran Barnitz, which coupled with Parsons extra point, tied the game at 14.

After forcing an Oak Glen three-and-out, Point Pleasant showed its quick strike ability again. This time Roberts hit Brandon Toler for a 74-yard touchdown pass. Parsons made the score 21-14 Big Blacks with the point after.

Oak Glen tied the score on its next play from scrimmage. McDowell hit Hissam on a quick slant and the speedy receiver raced past the defense on his way to the 61-yard score. Weltner's extra point tied the score at 21 a piece with seven seconds left in the first quarter.

Roberts used his legs and arm to help the Big Blacks regain the lead early in the second quarter. He started the drive by scrambling away form pressure for a 26-yard run and ended it with a 19-yard scoring pass to Layne Thompson. Parsons remained perfect on point after attempts and the score read 28-21.

Just over two minutes later Oak Glen struck back. The Golden Bears traveled 80 yards in nine plays for the score. The big play was a McDowell 34-yard completion to Trey Smith and McDowell did the honors on a seven-yard run. Weltner tied the game at 28 with the extra point.

Point Pleasant then began to pull away.

The Big Blacks went on a 12 play, 55-yard drive that ate up about six minutes and was helped by an illegal participation penalty on a play that appeared to put Point Pleasant in a fourth-and-long punting situation. Taking advantage of the penalty the Big Blacks continued driving and were eventually helped by a bit of luck.

Barnitz ran nine yards and fumbled at the five. Jason Stouffer picked up the fumble at the one and fell in the end zone 2:13 left in the half. Parsons' extra point made the score 35-28.

On the Golden Bears next play McDowell was picked off by Josh Hereford of Point Pleasant.

The home team drove down to the Oak Glen seven and eventually Parsons kicked a 24-yard field goal to give Point Pleasant a 38-28 halftime lead.

Things continued to go the Big Blacks' way to start the third quarter as McDowell was picked off on the second play of the half by Charles Walton.

Four plays later Jerrod Long plunged in from three yards out and Parsons kicked the extra point for the 45-28 Point Pleasant lead.

A Golden Bears' three-and-out led to another Point Pleasant quick strike. Three plays into the drive Roberts hit Toler for a 38-yard touchdown and Parsons put the kick through for the 52-28 Big Blacks advantage.

After a shanked punt on Oak Glen's next possession set up Point Pleasant in Golden Bears' territory at the 47, the Big Blacks went right back to business. Five plays later Long ran in from six yards out and Parsons scored his eleventh point of the game to make the score 59-28.

Oak Glen showed a ton of heart in the final quarter.

The Golden Bears began the stanza with Dylan Davis tipping a Roberts pass at the line of scrimmage and then pulling it in for an interception. Nine plays later Davis raced in from 14 yards for the score. The conversion pass fell incomplete and the score read 59-34.

Oak Glen's Ethan Delekta proceeded to recover the ensuing onside kick and the Golden Bears were back in business at the Point Pleasant 31-yard line.

Davis ran for 26 yards on the first play after the onside kick and for a five-yard touchdown on the second. The conversion run came up short, and Point Pleasant lead was cut to 59-34.

Point Pleasant finished out the scoring and ended all doubt on the ensuing possession though, going 75 yards in four plays. The big play was a Barnitz 69-yard scamper and Charles Walton powered in from three yards out. Parsons' ninth extra point made the final 66-40.

On the night Oak Glen ran for 143 yards on 41 carries. Davis led the way with 81 yards and two scores on 19 totes. McDowell added 58 yards and two scores on 15 carries despite not carrying the ball much in the second half due to an injury that limited his mobility.

"I didn't want to run him," said Filberto. "Actually I didn't want to play him and he talked me into it at halftime. I said I wasn't going to run him. I would just let him throw the football. He did a great job throwing it. Let's face it, that's not his forte. The kid has true jets. He's a great back who ran for 1,700 or 1,800 yards this year and you saw a few bursts, but if he had been healthy who knows what he could have done."

McDowell also threw the ball 253 yards, hitting on 10 of 22 attempts with two scores and two interceptions. Hissam was his top target with 180 yards on six catches and two touchdowns.

Oak Glen's 10-2 final record set the school record for wins in a season.