The Pocahontas County High School Warriors travelled to neighboring Nicholas County Friday night to take on the Richwood Lumberjacks in a back yard rival that was all in the Warriors’ favor.
This match-up is known as the Ax Bowl.
For more than 10 years, an ax has been brought to the game, and each year the name of the winners and score of the game are etched into it.
The Lumberjacks received the kickoff and fumbled the ball on their second offensive play. Warrior LB Logan Davis recovered the fumble and the Warriors took over on the Lumberjacks’ 20-yard line.
RB Morgan Mason caught a seven-yard pass from QB Wyatt Workman and ran the ball to the two-yard line. The Warriors found themselves knocking on the door to the end zone with only minutes off the clock in the first quarter. With a QB sneak Workman took it in for 6 points. The extra-point kick was no good. Score was 6-0, and that was the beginning of a great offensive showing for the Warriors Friday night.
RB Michael Morrison would run for a 12 yard touchdown on the next offensive drive for the Warriors, but the two-point conversion was no good.
The score was 12-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was equally exciting for the Warriors, as they racked up three more touchdowns, with two runs from QB Workman and a six-yard pass to Mason. The score at half-time was 34-0, Warriors.
The Warriors would score three more times in the third quarter, Workman with a 16-yard pass to Briar Wilfong, Workman with a 33-yard pass to Mason and a one-yard run by Jacob Jones.
Defense was also having a great night forcing the Lumberjacks to punt six times and forcing three fumbles. Keith Harrah led in tackles with four, followed by Ryan Irvine and Brady Jones who each had three and Workman and Mark Jordan with 2.5.
Workman completed six of 11 passes with 97 yards completed, 66 of those going to Mason, 16 to Briar Wilfong and 15 to Logan Dilley.
Workman rushed for 101 yards , Mason 69, Nutter 47, Morrison 36. The Warriors had a total of 373 yards in offense with the final score Warriors 54, Lumberjacks 12.
The crowd was treated to a great half-time performance by the Richwood Band. It was the Lumberjacks Homecoming and Richwood Band Alumni were invited to join them on the field.
The band members have overcome so much this year, and they still look and sound amazing.
The Warriors take on the Bath County Chargers in a home game Friday night.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.