Warriors’ running game too much for Bulldogs

MILL?CREEK?- On a crisp, clear Friday night in Mill Creek the Warriors of Pocahontas County downed the Tygarts Valley Bulldogs by a score 48-14 in a PVC contest.

Pocahontas County used a power running game to score two touchdowns in the first quarter.

The first TD was on a 77-yard drive with Jimmy Campbell punching it in from one yard out and the PAT was good. The second touchdown drive started at the Tygarts Valley 41-yard line after a 1-yard punt from the Bulldogs. Judd Walther capped it off with a 1-yard plunge.

The Warriors cashed in on another short- field situation in the second quarter after Tygarts Valley was forced to punt deep in its own territory and the visitors returned the ball to the 16-yard line after a late hit penalty. Walther crossed the goal line two plays later.

On the next series, Bulldog quarterback Owen Arbogast was intercepted by Brandon Hamons who ran it in for a touchdown. The score was called back because of a penalty but it did not matter as five plays later Devin Rose rumbled into the end zone.

The first half ended with the score Pocahontas County 27, Tygarts Valley 0.

The Bulldogs were to receive the second half kick-off but the Warriors executed and recovered an onsides kick at the TV 45-yard line.

Walther carried two times down to the 6-yard line, and quarterback Wesley Felton ran up the middle from there for the score.

The next time Pocahontas County had the ball, the Warriors turned it over on downs at the Tygarts Valley 20-yard line.

Hunter Parks entered the game at quarterback for the Bulldogs and hit Derrick Villarico on a 15-yard pattern and he busted free from a tackle and ran down the right side for an 80-yard touchdown reception.

The Warriors scored twice more in the fourth quarter on a 45 yard drive capped off by a 15 yard run by Campbell and a one yard plunge by Dalton Irvine.

Even though the Bulldogs could not stop the visitors running game in the contest, they never quit playing hard. That was exemplified when Keighan Chewning took the ensuing kick-off at the 28-yard line and was stonewalled at around the 45-yard line. He broke free only to be swarmed again 10 yards later. Keeping his legs churning, he broke free again and raced in for the score.

The game was in hand, though, and the stats show it. Pocahontas County had 407 total yards with 377 on the ground. Rose rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries and Walther had 156 yards on 18 carries.

Tygarts Valley finished with 102 total yards and only 18 on the ground.

The Bulldogs (0-6) host Montcalm at 7:30 p.m. next Friday in Mill Creek.