Warriors lose at Pendleton, 26-20
The Pocahontas County High School Warriors lost on the road to the Pendleton County Wildcats, 26-20, Friday night.
Warrior head coach Chris Sutton said the team employed a few different offensive formations against the Wildcats in last week's showdown.
“We mixed in a double-wing and double-slot. We ran three different looks this past week to give them something more to defend, something they hadn't seen. You can sort of run the same plays, but it kind of confuses the defense. Especially with the double slot and double wing, it makes them balance up and it's harder to defend.”
Sutton said he was happy with the Warrior running game Friday night.
“Physically, I feel that we dominated Pendleton. I was happy that we were able to get more first downs and run the football successfully.We were able to run over top of them, and in a lot of cases, they knew where the ball was coming, and we were still able to run it there. The thing I didn't like — we had some penalties, we threw away the ball, had a couple interceptions. Whenever you play the style of football we play, which is ball-control football — running the football — you can't make those mistakes. You've got to limit your mistakes.”
According to Sutton, the team's turnovers have cost them their last two games.
“This week, and last week with Parkersburg Catholic, where we lost by six points — we had three turnovers against them,” said Sutton.
Sutton said the squad won't be changing much in this week's practice.
“More of the same stuff,” said Sutton. “We're trying to work on our blocking, and going to try to make sure that our offense is executing.”
Sutton talked about what the team can expect in Friday night's home game against the East Hardy Cougars.
“East Hardy — they like to throw it,” explained Sutton. “We'll have to defend the pass a lot this week. We gotta continue to do what we do on offense with ball control, and we gotta eliminate the turnovers.”
Quarterback Wes Felton threw two touchdown passes for a total of 84 yards. Warrior Devin Rose rushed for 20 total yards, senior Seth Painter contributed six rushing yards, Felton rushed for four yards for a touchdown, and Kyler Doss racked up 287 total yards throughout the night. Andrew Morrison caught four passes for a total of 32 yards, furnishing the first Warrior touchdown. Doss had one reception for 24 yards, and Cade Walker ran 28 yards with his touchdown catch.
The loss leaves the Warriors with a 0-3 season record.
The Warriors are scheduled to play East Hardy in their first home game Friday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m.
To see more photos of Friday night's game, visit http://www.pocahontastimes.com/gallery/2012/09/13/warriors-v-wildcats-2012