Pocahontas County Middle School Warriors corner Timberwolves 36-8
Warriors took control andﾠ racked up 287 offensive yards to bring the Warriorsﾠ the first win in four years over the Western Greenbrier Timberwolves.
"We came out from the first whistle and set the tone for the entire game," said Defensive Coordinator Damian Elliot.
The coin was tossed and Western Greenbrier would receive in the most anticipated match-up of the season.
The Timberwolves found no gain from Chad Friel's kick off. Warrior defense was on the prowl, andﾠ Danny Kimble was quick to recover when they fumbled on their next play.ﾠ TB Cade Walker andﾠ QB Wyatt Workman worked to drive the ball down field. On fourth down, the Timberwolves received Drake Warder's punt and squeezed in five yards before Kimble took them down. A Warrior penalty put the Hawks at first and 10, but Friel and Walker were quick to pounce on the next play.ﾠ LB Chase Erlewine,ﾠ Justin Hedrick andﾠ Tyler Owens crushed the next drive whileﾠ Morgan Mason andﾠ Jacob Walton stopped them on fourth down, forcing them to punt.
After a few gains by the Warriors, Walker made a 33 yard run that set up Erlewine to charge in forﾠ the first Warrior TD of the night. Walker then ran in the two-point conversion, and Warriors were in the lead, 8 - 0.
Erlewine,ﾠ Mason and Dalton Irvine kept the Timberwolves caged with only a six yard gain on their next possession.ﾠ Ryan Dilley knabbed the punt, and Walker kept up the show with 48 more yards and a first down. Erlewine took the ball further downfield and Walker rushed 17 yards to the end-zone earning the second Warrior TD. Erlewine padded the score by two with the conversion, giving the Warriors a 16 point lead.
The Timberwolves possession remained fleeting. Walker grabbed a fumble then Workman sailed a pass to Irvine who ran it 17 yards for a first down. Workman kept up his aim with a screen pass to Mason andﾠ another 17 yard pass to Irvine who ran it in 10 yards for the third Warrior TD.
Walker began the second half ablaze and rushed his second drive 36 yards to the end zone. The Timberwolves avoided a shut out with a 12 yard TD and PAT in the third quarter.
Erlewine was quick to retaliate and mark Warrior territory by rushing in a 22 yard TD. Walker followed it up with the two-point conversion.
Western Greenbrier's offense had two first downs, yet, proved to be no match for Erlewine and Walker who pummeled their first efforts.
Ryan Irvine and Gruelick stopped their next drive whileﾠ Keith Harrah and Walton stopped them for a loss on the next play. Jaggie, Walton, Mason and Irvine kept them contained, turning the ball back to Pocahontas on downs. Jaggie and Walton carried the ball downfield and a fumble gave it back to the Timberwolves one last time but Davis and Hensler sealed their fate. Warriors had their win over Greenbrier West 36 - 8.
Walker finished with an impressive 193 yards for two TDs, two two-point conversions, two tackles and a fumble recovery.ﾠErlewine finished a well-rounded game with 41 yards for two TDs, a two-point conversion and five tackles. Workman completed three passes for 32 passing yards, rushed 14 yards and one TD. Trey Walton had one carry and five tackles and Jaggie had a carry and three tackles. Irvine had two receptions for 27 yards, a TD and two tackles. Mason had one reception for five yards and four tackles. Friel helped out the defense with four tackles and Kimble with a tackle and a fumble recovery.
"West is always well-coached, and they always have some tough players, so to get that win, was important for our team," said Head Coach Doug Burns.ﾠ "It's good to have some momentum going into this week's match-up with Richwood. They have a good team. Their quarterback and running back are very impressive. We'll have to play with the same level of intensity this week."
See the Warriors in action as they face Richwood at home September 28 at 6 p.m.