Dot Shut Out Bison For First Win In Years
Poca High School’s football team hadn’t won a game since it beat Buffalo, in September of 2013.
The 39-game losing streak is history.
The Dots put an end to their misery, by beating, you guessed it, the Bison, on the road, to end the misery.
In other games, Hurricane was hammered by Cabell Midland and Winfield crushed Chapmanville.
Poca’s Losing Streak Is, Finally, Over
Dots fans are celebrating in Poca.
After 39 losses, their boys brought home a shutout win from Buffalo.
How sweet it is!
“I can’t be more proud,” says Poca Head Coach Seth Ramsey. “They kept with it and stuck it out. We’ve been through ups and downs. The guys played like brothers. They celebrate each other’s successes and bear each other’s burdens. I just couldn’t be more proud.”
It was all Dots, all night long.
Freshman quarterback Jay Cook started the scoring with a 30-yard pass to junior receiver Luke Spradling staking Poca to a 6-0 lead.
The Dots never looked back.
Poca’s defense quickly shut down Buffalo’s first series, then freshman tailback Ethan Payne, who started the first drive, strutted 57 yards, from off-tackle t0 the sidelines to the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point made it 14-0 which held through halftime.
Buffalo’s defense tightened up Poca’s running game, in the second half, but its offense couldn’t find paydirt.
After 150 yards in the first half, The Dots’ Payne finished with 166 yards on 16 carries and tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass.
Poca’s Owen McClanahan ran for 36 yards on seven carries.
The Dots’ defense frustrated Bison quarterback Ethan Burgess, all night long, holding him to only 68 yards, in the air, and only 15 yards on the ground.
There was one bright spot for The Bison faithful: It takes a support staff to put on a high school football game. Buffalo “chain gang” member Roger Goddard was honored for his 40 years of selfless service to The Bison. Harold Erwin, Buffalo High School retired Athletic Director, presented the award, on behalf of the West Virginia Athletic Directors Association, before the start of the fourth quarter.
Final score: Poca: 30, Buffalo: 0.
Cabell Midland Cruises Over Hurricane
There is no “D” in Hurricane.
Number 6 – Class AAA Cabell-Midland rushed for 420 yards, under the Friday Night Lights, handing the Number 7 Redskins a 41-21 loss in Ona.
Kinghts running back Ivan Vaughn put together a highlight reel, running for 278 yards while scoring four total touchdowns.
Christian Hill also had a great night, running for 225 yards and a score.
Both teams are now 2-1.
Winfield Crushes Chapmanville
The Generals hit the road to take on the Tigers in Chapmanville.
Both teams were coming off wins, as Winfield hammered Hoover, at home, last week and Chapmanville took advantage at Poca.
Winfield’s Andrew Huff had a great game, rushing for 142 yards while scoring three touchdowns.
Teammate Nick Vance also ran for 124 yards, scored twice and connected with Ben Clark for an 8-yard touchdown catch.
The Tigers’ defense couldn’t get the job done, at home, as the Generals rolled, 50-19, improving their record to 2-1.
Publisher’s note: Game photographs courtesy of Conner Photography.