Warriors level Highlanders, 47-0
On a cold and windy Friday night in Upper Glade, the Pocahontas County Warriors finished their regular season with a 47-0 drubbing of the Webster County Highlanders. The Warriors improve to 6-4 and move into the No. 14 spot in state Class A football.
The winless Highlanders, fielding only three seniors on their roster, were totally outmatched by the playoff-caliber Warriors, but played hard the entire game and executed several good-looking plays. But the powerful Warrior defense, which has not allowed an offensive point in three straight games, stiffened up and denied a score in the few occasions when Webster approached pay dirt.
Senior RB Jesse Hoke started the scoring early in the first quarter with an 11-yard rushing TD. A few minutes later, QB Skylar Knisely kept the ball and plowed up the middle for a one-yard TD.
The Highlanders threatened to score early in the second quarter, when they drove to the Warrior 35 and a facemask penalty against PCHS advanced the ball to the Warrior 20. Highlander QB Christopher Miller completed to the Warrior eight for a Webster first and goal. With their best opportunity of the game, the Highlanders would not score.
The Warrior defense stood firm and took the ball over on downs at their eight-yard line.
Great rushing from Hoke and Kyler Doss quickly moved the ball to the other end of the field. Speedster RB/DB David Kiner zipped into the end zone from five yards out and the Warriors took a 22-0 lead into halftime.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Doss grabbed a handoff and dashed around the left side for a 55-yard TD. Knisely completed to WR/DE Tanner Graham for the two-pointer and Pocahontas seized a commanding 30-0 lead.
The Highlanders did not have any scoring chances for the remainder of the game.
Noah Pugh scored from 15 yards out midway through the third quarter and Kyler Doss added an electrifying 58-yard TD run late in the frame.
Freshman Devin Rose, a rising star for the Warriors, made an impressive 25-yard dash for a TD during mop-up time in the fourth quarter.
Evan Rose was 1-1 and Brian Wilfong was 2-3 kicking extra points.
PCHS has completed their regular schedule, but one week of high school football remains, statewide. The Warriors move into third place in the Potomac Valley II conference and are ranked No. 14 in Class A football.
The Warriors likely will play an away first-round playoff game against one of the top five teams in the state. The first round of playoffs is scheduled to start on the weekend of November 12.
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SCORING: 1st Quarter: Hoke, 11-yard rushing TD/ Rose PAT, 7-0; Knisely, 1-yard TD rush, PAT missed, 13-0; 2nd Quarter: Kiner, 5-yard rushing TD, 2-pt failed, 19-0; K. Doss, 55-yard rushing TD, 2-pt. good, 27-0; 3rd Quarter: Pugh, 15-yard rushing TD, PAT good, 34-0; K. Doss, 58-yard rushing TD, PAT missed, 40-0; 4th Quarter: D. Rose, 25-yard TD rush, PAT good, 47-0.
Warrior rushing: K. Doss: 18-209; Hoke: 12-115; Painter: 10-78; Pugh: 4-53; D. Rose: 1-25-1TD
Warrior receiving: Graham: 2-37; K. Doss: 2-30; D. Rose: 1-11; Kiner: 1-6; Arbogast: 1-6
Warrior passing: Knisely: 6-9-84-0-0; Felton: 1-2-6-0-0
Warrior kick returns: K. Doss: 1-20
Warrior punt returns: Taylor: 1-16
Warrior rushing 486
Highlander rushing: 52
Warrior passing 90
Highlander passing: 92
Warrior total offense: 576
Highlander total offense: 144