[caption id="attachment_61527" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2019\/10\/Warrior-Sports.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="443" class="size-full wp-image-61527" \/> WARRIOR\u2008TEAM\u2008CAPTAINS Brody Buzzard, Dalton Hendrick, Dustin Fitzgerald and Dillon Shinaberry carry the #65 jersey of Honorary Team Captain Coltin Luikart out on the field for Friday night\u2019s coin toss. Luikart, a player for Marlinton Middle School, passed away September 29. C. Broce-Kelley photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nAaron Pugh\r\nContributing Writer\r\n\r\nAfter rolling against the Richwood Lumberjacks at the mid-season mark the Pocahontas County High School Warriors came up against an extremely stout opponent in the 4-1 AA Shady Springs Tigers. The senior heavy and well-rounded team has had only one loss, and that was by a mere two points. \r\n\r\nThe Warriors fought valiantly and physically, but in the end fell 10-24.\r\n\r\nAfter starting out the first quarter with a back and forth slug fest on the dusty field at Shady Springs, the Warriors found success. After PCHS\u2019s defense penned the Tigers deep in their own territory and forced them to punt out of their own end-zone, Junior #24 Logan Ryder returned the ball to the Tiger 23-yard line. Four plays later the Warriors sent in the Field Goal unit and Junior #14 Jacob Davis kicked a 33-yard field goal.\r\n\r\nScore 3-0 Warriors\r\n\r\nAfter another bout of defense, the Warriors began marching down the field early in the second quarter, but threw an interception that set up a drive by the Tigers that culminated in a screen pass for a 25-yard touchdown by #9 Haven Chapman; point after by #2 Erick Bevil was good.\r\n\r\nScore 7-3 Tigers\r\n\r\nThe third quarter saw the most scoring. After receiving the kickoff the Tigers immediately struck. On offensive play number-one of the second half, Chapman went for a 66-yard touchdown; Bevil point after was good.\r\n\r\nScore 14-3 Tigers\r\n\r\nMinutes later the Warriors stalled out a Tiger drive and held them to a 22-yard field goal by Bevil.\r\n\r\nScore 17-3 Tigers\r\n\r\nThe Warriors would not go quietly into the night and set up another drive deep in their own territory. On play three, Senior QB #6 Dillon Shinaberry connected with Junior HB #32 Jacob Barkley, for a 30-yard reception, and Barkley found another gear and kicked up dust for the remaining 55 yards, scoring an 85-yard touchdown; Davis\u2019 kick after was good.\r\n\r\nScore 17-10 Tigers\r\n\r\nThe song of too little to late was sung by the Warriors as the Tigers rallied and drove home the final score of the night on the next series. Chapman capped off a drive with a 10-yard touchdown; point after by Bevil was good.\r\n\r\nFinal Score 24-10 Tigers\r\n\r\nThe night did not go the way the Warriors wanted, but they remained squarely in the game throughout; playing a tough, physical game against a good opponent.\r\n\r\nThe Warriors had 205 yards total offense to Shady Spring\u2019s 262. The ground game had 82 yards led by Shinaberry with 16 attempts for 53 yards; Junior #10 Keaton Baldwin had 6 carries for 27; Sophomore #5 Cage Burdette had 1 for 6; and Senior #83 Brody Buzzard had 1 for 5. The air game did a bit better, with 123 yards in the air vs Shady Spring\u2019s 92. Shinaberry was 8 of 14 for 123 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Receiving was split among Barkley who had 1 for 85 yards and a touchdown; Senior #88 Dalton Hendrick with 2 for 18; Baldwin was 1 for 9; Burdette was 1 for 8 yards; and Buzzard was 3 for 3 yards.\r\n\r\nThe Warriors will next travel to face the Greenbrier West Cavaliers on October 11.