PCHS football finishes strong to make playoffs
After a rocky 1-3 start, the Pocahontas County Warriors rebounded like Rocky, went on a 5-1 tear, and made their third appearance in the state playoffs in four years.
The Warriors started the season with a 24-8 drubbing of Tucker County in Parsons, but lost three straight to Parkersburg Catholic, Pendleton County and East Hardy. After a big 39-6 road win against Richwood, the Warriors dropped just one more game to Greenbrier West and finished 6-4, qualifying for the number 14 spot in the state playoffs.
The Warriors played a first-round playoff game in Moundsville against Bishop Donahue and made Warrior fans proud by playing a strong game. The Warriors took an early lead on a 70-yard TD scamper by Jesse Hoke and tied the game at 14-14 on a sweep by David Kiner. The Warriors trailed by just one TD until the fourth quarter, when the Bishops scored on two turnovers and put the game out of reach.
Four Warriors received All-State honors:Senior Evan Rose, who excelled at multiple positions,was named first team All-State punter. Senior Jesse Hoke, who rushed for more than 1,500 yards, was named second team All-State running back. Senior LB and OL Seth Doss received special honorable mention and sophomore RB/DB Kyler Doss received honorable mention.