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Warriors lose in a heartbreaker

THE POCAHONTAS COUNTY High School Warriors were all-in for a win in the playoff game Saturday against the Tug Valley Panthers. Above, Shane Peacock, who scored two TDs for the Warriors, shows good form in gaining yardage. The game was decided in the final minute. The Warriors played a great game, but came up short in the end. Photos courtesy of Wes Wilson Photography

Jaynell Graham

The Pocahontas County High School Warriors have had a great season and the fans have been behind them all the way – all the way to the playoff game Saturday where they took on the Tug Valley Panthers.

By all accounts, it was a nail-biter, but in the end – and the game was decided at the end – the Warriors came up just shy of a win with a 29-30 score.

There was nothing “losing” in their performance.

The Warriors didn’t waste any time getting on the board in the first quarter when Shane Peacock scored a 10-yard rushing touchdown. The extra point was good, and the Warriors were first on the board, 7 – 0.

But just minutes later, the Panthers answered with a TD, but the two-point conversion failed. Score – Warriors 7, Panthers 6.

Still in the first quarter, Peacock added another TD for the Warriors. The extra point was good, bringing the score to 14 – 6.

Briar Wilfong connected on a pass to James Sharp in the second quarter, and, although the extra point was no good, the Warriors were still in the lead 20-6.

Late in the second quarter Tug Valley scored another TD and added a successful two-point conversion, but the Warriors took a 20-14 lead into the locker room at the half.

Things began to get tight and interesting in the third quarter as the Panthers tied the score 20-20 with a TD, and went ahead 20-22 with another two-point conversion. A second TD and two-pointer in the third put the Panthers up 20-30.

With just under a minute left in the third quarter, Dillon Shinaberry kicked a 25-yard field goal narrowing Tug Valley’s lead, 23-30.

In the last minute of the fourth quarter – the last minute of the game – Briar Wilfong scored with a rushing TD to bring the Warriors within one point of a tie, 29-30.

Taking a chance for the win, the Warriors went for a two-point conversion, but were not successful.

The community showed its support going into the playoffs with Warrior maroon and gold, players’ names and numbers displayed around the county and a banner flying on Main Street in Marlinton.

The PCHS Football Boosters generated the momentum, and businesses, community members and parents chipped in to let the team ride in style on a chartered bus from Quick’s Bus Company in Staunton, Virginia.

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