Warriors lose season opener at Tucker County, 29-0
The Tucker County Mountain Lions got the best of the Pocahontas County Warriors, 29-0, Friday night in both teams' season opener.
“They're an extremely tough team,” said Warrior coach Chris Sutton. “Talking with the other coaches afterwards, they said they had a great group of kids this season and a lot of them have been starting for three or four years now.”
“They had about twenty nine or thirty kids in the weight room five days a week. It really showed. They were a tough team,” remarked Sutton.
Last season the Warrior squad also lost at Tucker County in their home opener, 28-6.
Sutton said it's not the best way to start the season, but he liked some of the things he saw in the Warrior squad.
“It was a rough one to have as a season opener,” said Sutton. “Not a good way to start the season, but we had two other scrimmages I felt went really well. There seems to be two or three blocks every play — if we make those blocks, we're looking at five-to-eight-yard gains every time.”
Sutton said the defense was at a disadvantage without starting linebacker “Bubby” Hatfield.
“I think defensively we did pretty well considering what we didn't have. What really hurt us was one of our starting middle line backers was out,” said Sutton. “Bubby was limping, and he has to be 100 percent before we're gonna put him on the field.”
The Warriors aren't scheduled to play the Mountain Lions again this season unless it's in a playoff showdown. Sutton said at practice this week, the Warriors are going to make some small adjustments, and focus on protecting their running backs.
“The defense, we're doing a little tweaking here and there,” explained Sutton. “Offensively we're gonna work on a couple blocks that we were missing. If we can fix a couple things against a good team like Tucker, then you're going to be successful later in the season. The kids know what they're capable of doing, it's just puttin' it together next week.”
Sutton said next Saturday's game versus Parkersburg Catholic will be an exciting one.
“Parkersburg Catholic is pretty young from what I've been told,” commented Sutton. “They're rotatin' in three or four freshmen and sophomores, but they've always played tough. They're very disciplined. They've always come out and given us a heck of a game. It should be a pretty good game.”
The loss leaves the Warriors with a 0-1 season record. The Warriors are scheduled to play the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders, on the road, Saturday, September 1 at 1:30 p.m. The Warriors will play their first home game against East Hardy September 14 at 7:30 p.m.