Warriors tie game late against #10-ranked Jackets
The Pocahontas County High School Warriors gave the powerhouse Yellowjackets all they could handle Friday night in Moorefield. The Warriors played an exceptional game but the clock expired with the Yellowjackets holding a 20-14 advantage. Moorefield started the scoring in the first quarter with a 43-yard TD pass from QB Dakota Vetter to WR Shane Myers. The same duo hooked up for a successful two-point conversion and the Jackets held an 8-0 lead.
But Pocahontas responded a few minutes later with a big play of their own. Warriors QB Wyatt Workman completed to WR Stephen Simmons for a 45-yard TD pass near the end of the first quarter. A two-point conversion attempt failed but Moorefield’s lead was cut to 8-6.
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The score remained 8-6 for the second and third periods. With 8:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, Moorefield TB Will Schoonover rushed in from 30 yards out to give the Jackets a 14-6 lead. Moorefield’s two-point conversion attempt failed.
The Warriors retaliated quickly. Dalton Irvine fielded the ensuing kickoff at the 12 and zig-zagged for 88 yards for a Warrior TD. With the score 14-12, the Warriors lined up for a critical two-point conversion attempt. Under intense pressure from Moorefield pass rushers, Workman lofted the ball to Morgan Mason on the right side of the end zone for a completion and two points. The game was tied at 14-14.
The Warrior defense held firm following the kickoff but a Warrior offensive drive was stifled. On Moorefield’s second chance after the game was tied, Schoonover scored at 3:32 on a 25 yard rush and gave Moorefield a 20-14 lead. The teams traded punts until time expired.
See Thursday’s print edition for a complete game recap, more photos and game/season statistics.