It was a chilly night in Mill Creek, and a perfect night for high school football, as the Pocahontas County High School Warriors took on the Tygarts Valley Bulldogs.
PCHS won the toss and prepared to receive the kick-off. The ball went into the end zone, so the Warriors started the game on their own 20 yard-line.
On the second play, QB Wyatt Workman connected with WR Dalton Irvine and the Warriors put the first numbers on the board. Kicker JD Hensler put the first of the night’s seven extra points through the uprights.
Hensler was seven for seven on extra point attempts for the night.
The Bulldogs proved ready to respond, and after a few good runs, and some penalties against the Warriors, they scored on a rush from the four-yard line, and the two-point conversion was good.
The Warriors came right back with a TD run by RB Morgan Mason. The extra point brought the score to 14 – 8, Warriors.
The Warrior defense, with Brady Jones, Logan Davis and Mark Jordan leading the tribe and getting key tackles, slowed down the Bulldogs’ offense. The ball was back in Warrior hands with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter, and another trip into the end zone brought the score to 21 – 8.
A sack by senior Chase Erlewine caused a fumble, which was recovered by Hensler who ran it in for the score.
The Bulldogs scored once more in the first quarter, which ended with Warriors 28, Bulldogs 14.
The second quarter was filled with Warrior action from both offense and defense.
The Warriors added two more TDs and extra points, and allowed one for the Bulldogs, bringing the score at the half to 42 – 22.
The second half of the game was all about defense, and neither team scored in the third quarter.
With 3:43 left in the fourth quarter, Mason rushed for the final TD of the night, making the final score Warriors 49, Bulldogs 22.
Mason racked up 159 yards and three TDs in the game.
The Warriors, 6 -2 for the season, will travel to Man Friday night to take on the Hillbillies (7-1).