Warriors tame scrappy Bulldogs, 46-6
Kyler Doss scored four rushing touchdowns and Noah Pugh added two more as the Pocahontas County Warriors defeated the Tygart Valley Bulldogs, 46-6, Friday night in Dunmore.
The first half of the game was played in a cold, heavy downpour that turned the field into a slippery mess and contributed to several turnovers by both teams.
Doss opened the game with an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD and Evan Rose's extra point was good. 7-0 PCHS.
The Bulldogs fought back after the early setback and had two scoring opportunities - but they would not take advantage.
Tygart RB Josh Rosencrance and RB Josiah Corley moved the ball well, and Rosencrance rushed for a first down to the Warrior 23. On fourth down at the Warrior 23, PCHS DB David Kiner broke up a pass and the Warriors got the ball back on their 23.
The Tygart defense continued to play well in the miserable conditions and did not allow a first down.ﾠ The Warriors muffed the snap and did not get the punt off, giving the ball to Tygart at the Warrior 19.
With the Dogs just one yard shy of a first down, PCHS LB Noah Pugh crushed Rosencrance on fourth down for no gain and the Warriors took over on downs at their 10-yard line.
On a third and 9 from the 11, Doss scampered around the left side, with Bulldogs in hot pursuit, for an 89-yard TD. The extra point was no good. 13-0 Warriors.
PCHS LB Michael Hensler had a great series and dropped Rosencrance for a six-yard loss on third down.
Hensler partially blocked the Bulldog punt, which sailed out of bounds at the Tygart 38.ﾠ On second down, Doss took the snap and ran around the right end for 34 yards and a TD. QB Skylar Knisely attempted a pass for the two-point conversion, which fell incomplete. 19-0 Warriors.
Tygart started moving the ball well and picked up a first down on the ensuing drive, but muffed handoffs on second and third downs and were forced to punt.
Devin Rose took the TVHS punt at the Warrior 40 and made a nice return to the Tygart 47.
The Warriors got in sync offensively as the rain tapered off, and executed a nice drive, including a 10-yard pass to Kiner and good rushes by Pugh, Doss and Kiner.
Pugh snatched a first down handoff and plowed through tackles for 16 yards and a TD. Doss rushed in for the two-pointer and the Warriors took a 27-0 lead with eight minutes left in the first half.
PCHS coverage man Hunter Grimes stopped the Dogs' return man cold at the Tygart 30-yard line,ﾠ
TVHS was not prepared to surrender and the Dogs made an aerial attack to attempt a comeback. QB Brandon Pritt completed to Timothy Gear for a first down to the 42. On the next series, passes fell incomplete on first and second downs and PCHS LB Tanner Graham sacked Pritt on third down.
The Warriors took the punt at their 36-yard line. With good rushes from Knisely, Pugh and Doss and a pass to Graham, PCHS reached the red zone with a first down on the Tygart 20. Knisely took the snap in the shotgun, dropped back and lofted a pass to Graham in the end zone. A two-point attempt failed, but the Warriors held a commanding 33-0 lead.
With 11 seconds remaining in the half, Knisely handed off to Doss, who dashed 66 yards for his fourth TD of the game, extending the Warrior lead to 39-0.ﾠ
The Warriors were dominating defensively and it looked like they would get a shutout, but the scrappy Bulldogs would not be totally denied.
Early in the third quarter, big Tygart tackle Josh Kerns picked up a Warrior fumble and rumbled 70 yards for a TD, shedding tacklers along the way. An extra point attempt sailed right, but the Dogs avoided the shutout.
With two games remaining, the Warriors even their record at 4-4 and move into third place in the Potomac Valley II conference. TVHS drops to 0-7.
K. Doss gained 207 yards rushing and Pugh added 92 yards on the ground. Knisely finished 5 of 6 for 71 yards and Graham caught three passes for 52 yards.
PCHS running back Jesse Hoke, returning from an injury, saw limited playing time in the second half. Senior LB Seth Doss, also out with an injury, sat out the game as a precaution, but is expected to return for Friday night's contest.
Next up for the Warriors is the last home game of the season against the Hillbillies of Man. Man is 3-4 and has defeated Mt. View, Westside and Gilbert. The Hillbillies have fallen to Logan, River View, Fayetteville and Chapmanville. Last Friday, Man shellacked Gilbert 54-0.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Warrior Field. Gametime forecast calls for clear skies with temperatures in the 40s.
PCHS: K. Doss, 11:40, 85-yard kickoff return for TD, 6-0
PCHS: E. Rose, extra point, 7-0
PCHS: K.Doss, 3:06, 89-yard rushing TD (extra point no good), 13-0
PCHS: K. Doss, 0:48, 34-yard rushing TD, 19-0 (extra point no good), 19-0
PCHS: Noah Pugh, 8:06 16-yard rushing TD, 25-0
PCHS: S. Knisely, two-point conversion rush, 27-0
PCHS: S. Knisely, 20-yard TD pass to Tanner Graham (two-point attempt no good), 33-0
PCHS: K. Doss, 66-yard rushing TD (two-point no good), 39-0
TVHS: Josh Kerns, 50-yard fumble recovery TD (extra point no good), 39-6
PCHS: Noah Pugh, 5:07, 63-yard rushing TD, 45-6
PCHS: Brian Wilfong, extra point, 46-6