Warriors demolish Richwood, 39-6
PCHS football coach Mike Knisely opened up his offense for the September 18 game against Richwood and the result was shock and awe for the Lumberjacks.
The PCHS rushing attack was unstoppable, with Kyler Doss getting most of the carries, but with Hunter Grimes, Jesse Hoke and Jesse Taylor all making big contributions. The Warrior passing game opened up a new front, and QB Skylar Knisely seemed to have gained his sea legs behind center.
The Warriors dominated completely defensively. Richwood did not score until halfway through the fourth quarter, when the Warriors held a 33-point lead and both teams had inserted JV players. Richwood QB Zach Bennett was under constant pressure from defensive linemen Evan Rose, Brandon Gloshen and other Warrior defenders. Warrior linebacker Seth Doss combined with brother Kyler for several smashing tackles that could be heard, as well as felt.
The Lumberjacks took the opening kickoff and made a nice, three-minute drive to the Warrior nine-yard line. But the Warrior defense stood firm and PCHS took over on downs at their own 11.
The Warriors moved the ball on the ground to about midfield, when Knisely lofted a beautiful, 54-yard pass to a wide-open David Kiner, who made it to the Richwood six-yard line. Two plays later, Hoke hit paydirt from two-yards out and the Warriors took a 6-0 lead at 5:33 in the first quarter.
After forcing a Richwood punt, the Warriors got the ball back on their own 27. Kyler Doss ran the ball well to get PCHS across midfield and Grimes made a big first down carry to the Richwood 32.
Unfortunately, the Warriors lost a fumble in the end zone, and the Lumberjacks took over on their 20.
Three and out for the Jacks, the Warriors took over on their 38.
The Warriors faced a first and 18, after a holding penalty, but Kyler Doss quickly got the Warriors out of a hole with some excellent rushes.ﾠ Bouncing off tackles, the sophomore RB plowed into the end zone from five yards out to give the Warriors a 12-0 lead with 9:07 in the half. He followed up with a dash past the right pylon for a two-point conversion, making it 14-0 Warriors.
On the next Richwood drive, Gloshen, Rose, Zach Cassell and Seth Doss smothered Bennett at the Lumberjack 12, forcing a punt.
On third down at the Warrior 45-yard line, Knisely threw long for Devin Rose, but the pass was intercepted by Richwood DB Cody Smallwood, and the Lumberjacks took over on their 24.
Richwood punted and PCHS took over on their 22, following a penalty on the return.
Knisely completed to Kiner to the Richwood 45 for a first down. Kyler Doss zipped up the right sideline for 45-yards and a TD on the next play. The extra point was no good and the Warriors took a 20-0 lead with 3:02 remaining in the half.
With great defensive plays by Tanner Graham and Seth Doss, the Warriors forced a turnover on downs at the Richwood 44 with a 40 seconds left in the half.
On first down, Kiner took a reverse around right end, surprising Richwood defenders, and ran 44 yards for a TD. A two-point attempt was foiled, but the Warriors took a 26-0 lead into halftime.
The Warriors continued their domination through the second half.
Noah Pugh made an excellent kickoff return to the Richwood 39-yard line to start the third quarter. Kyler Doss made some nice carries to the Richwood 10. Facing fourth and 10, Knisely kept his cool and completed a 10-yard TD pass to Kiner with 9:15 in the third quarter. The point-after attempt was good and the Warriors claimed a 33-0 lead.
The score held up until midway through the fourth quarter, when both coaches inserted JV players.
Bennett tossed a 6-yard TD pass with six minutes left in the game, ruining the shutout for the Warriors.
Less than a minute later, Jesse Taylor sprinted 54 yards, with Lumberjacks in hot pursuit, for the Warriors' final score.
The Warriors improve to 2-3 and occupy fourth place in the Potomac Valley II conference.
Next up for PCHS is a Friday night Homecoming game against the Bath County Chargers. Bath County, a perennial powerhouse, is 1-3, having fallen to Eastern Montgomery, Alleghany and Buffalo Gap. The Chargers defeated East Hardy on September 3.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Gametime forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a low of 40 degrees.