Warriors take a bite out of the Bulldogs
The Warriors plowed through the Bulldogs 54-6 in a muddy exchange at Mill Creek Friday night
The Warrior offense performed impeccably throughout the night, swiftly moving the ball through the rain and thick mud. The first quarter offensive bombardment left the Bulldogs trailing the remainder of the game.
The Warrior defense was flawless, producing sacks and allowing only one Tygart Valley touchdown. During one of the Bulldog's less-celebrated second quarter drives the Warrior defense sacked the Tygart Valley quarterback three times in a row, forcing a humiliating punt.
Tygart Valley received the football at kickoff, but their first drive ended abruptly, thanks to a threatening Warrior defense. Pocahontas County held every rush attempt at a loss and Tygart Valley was forced to punt the football again.
Warrior running backs Kyler Doss, Devin Rose and Hunter Grimes ran the ball with impunity, with Doss quickly scoring the first Warrior touchdown of the evening. The Warriors went for the two-point conversion and were successful.
The Warrior defense stuffed Tygart Valley's every attempt at rushing and the Bulldogs were forced to punt after a short possession.
The first down of the Warrior's next possession, the Pocahontas County stands erupted in cheering when Doss charged down the entire length of the field in an exhilarating touchdown run. A flag was called on the play, but the Warriors were undeterred and continued to run the ball aggressively.
The Warrior drive ended when Spencer McCoy hammered the ball into the Tygart Valley end zone for another touchdown. Warrior quarterback Skylar Knisely successfully scored on the two-point attempt.
The Bulldogs were overwhelmed on the kick return and were pounded into the mud by the responding Warriors. The Warrior defense was relentless, sacking the quarterback three times in a row. The harried Tygart Valley offense ended their disastrous drive with another punt.
The excitement continued when on the first down of the Warrior drive, Grimes charged the length of the field for another Warrior touchdown.
The Warrior defense did not relent and held the Bulldog offense, forcing another punt.
The Warrior drive was again successful and can largely be attributed to Rose's uncompromising rushing, but the Warrior touchdown belonged to Warrior lineman Judd Walther after he deftly snatched a dropped ball and charged it over the goal line.
The Warriors were successful in their two-point attempt when Knisely connected with wide receiver Jesse Taylor.
The Bulldog offense was unable to move the football and was again forced to punt.
The Warrior's drive ended at half time, leaving them with a commanding lead of 32-0.
The Warrior continued to hammer the ball upfield after the half, with Doss scoring the next Warrior touchdown on a riveting 50 yard run. The Warriors scored on the two point conversion on a short pass.
Tygart Valley finally showed signs of life on their next drive and was able to score on a touchdown pass. The Bulldogs attempted a two-point conversion but the Warrior defenders refused to allow it.
The Bulldogs attempted an on-side kick, but the Warriors were able to recover the ball, leaving them in prime field position. Doss scored another Warrior touchdown on a break away run, but was unsuccessful in the two-point attempt.
Tygart Valley's offensive drive was stubbed again by the dogged Warrior defense and forced to punt again.
On the first down of the Warrior drive, Rose nimbly slipped through the muddy Bulldog defenders and scored the last touchdown of the night. Pocahontas County was again successful with their two-point attempt.
The Warrior's season record stands at 5-3 with a game scheduled against Man, 2-6, next Friday at 7:30. The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 50.