POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- Both Point Pleasant and Logan were hoping to make history when the two faced off in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.
The Big Blacks hadn't won a playoff game in Class AAA in over 30 years while Logan hadn't won a postseason football game in the school's existence.
Point Pleasant was the team earning the huge accomplishment and advancing in the playoffs with a 41-14 victory at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field on a rain-filled evening.
With the victory, the No. 4 Big Blacks (11-0) continue their perfect season and move to the quarterfinals, where they will play No. 5 Wheeling Park, a 55-34 winner over South Charleston. Point Pleasant will host the game next weekend with the date and time announced Sunday.
"It's the first playoff win for us in Class AAA since the 1960s," Point Pleasant running back Chase Walton said. "It's a real big accomplishment for us and our coach [David Darst]. We are ready to go on to the next level and continue to play the game we love."
Darst remembers the last time the Big Blacks advanced in the state's highest classification.
"It's definitely a big win for us because it has been 34 years since we won a Class AAA football game," Darst recalled. "We are tickled to death that we were able to do this. Our kids played great.
"We have done pretty well in Class AA. I played on the 1979 team that won. We beat GW here at home in the first round. Back then, there were only eight teams in it."
Much like when the two teams played during the regular season (a 37-21 Point win), turnovers did in Logan, with the Wildcats turning the ball over four times in the first half and trailing 21-7.
The first turning point occurred on the opening possession. With Logan (7-4) driving, running back Brynden "Worm'' Street fumbled, and Point's Jonathan Peterson returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.
"That was a big momentum change," Walton said. "Coming into this atmosphere at our house, it is hard to play in, especially when a turnover like that happens and they are driving it. That really got us up and going and know we could do something tonight."
"It just happens sometimes," Logan coach Gary Mullins said. "Every film you watch, [Peterson] does that stuff. He's one of the best defensive kids I've seen the entire year. He is a tremendous player."