RED JACKET, W.Va. — A defensive stand on the final play of the game allowed Poca to hold off a furious Mingo Central rally, giving the Dots a 21-14 win on Miner Mountain.
The Dots stuffed a rushing attempt on a quarterback keeper at the two-yard line to preserve the win as time expired. “We had a timeout and we were debating whether to use it and set something up with some type of rush but we just manned up and took away the inside and the guys made plays,” said Poca head coach Seth Ramsey.
Poca (5-0) was outgained 422-310 but they allowed just one touchdown per half. Drew Hatfield caught 11 passes for 91 yards for the Miners but he was held out of the end zone and was a focus for the Poca defense.
“We made sure we had somebody over (Drew Hatfield) the whole game,” Ramsey said. “That’s a heck of a ball club over there. We tried to keep everything in front and we were able to do that. Defensively we bent a little bit but we got stops when we needed.”
Ethan Payne rushed for 167 yards on 22 carries and he scored a pair of touchdowns. A Jay Cook to Toby Payne 26-yard touchdown pass accounted for the other PHS touchdown. The Dots led 14-6 at halftime.
Mingo Central (3-2) was led offensively by quarterback Daylin Goad. He passed for 294 yards and a score. Goad also rushed for a touchdown. He found Devin Hatfield for a 24-yard touchdown with 5:11 left to cut their deficit to 21-14.
“This is a very tough place to win. These guys play really well down here. I am really proud of our guys. They played their hind ends off and I couldn’t be more proud of that pack over there.”
“We did enough to win and that’s all that matters. When you come to a place like this, you find out what you are made of and I think we have a tough ball club. And I am really proud of our guys.”