By Carl Holcomb
Moorefield Examiner –
There was excitement in the air for the Cougars with Homecoming, yet the execution of plays paled in comparison.
East Hardy erased a horrible first half start to claim an 18-7 victory over Pocahontas County.
“It was a terrible first half, we couldn’t execute on offense. In fact, this was the worst offensive execution I have ever seen,” East Hardy Coach Chad Williams remarked.
“I’m really pleased overall with our effort, just the execution wasn’t there. It’s good to get a win over a pretty good team. We had a good crowd tonight, but there was no noise.”
The Cougars had a number of dropped passes in the first half which slowed the typically fast offense.
East Hardy managed only nine yards on offense on seven plays in the first quarter.
Neither team managed to score in the first quarter as East Hardy’s defense clamped down.
East Hardy had a botched punt snap in the second quarter which was recovered by the Warriors within a foot of the goal line.
Pocahontas County running back Adam Rose punched the ball into the end zone at the 8:34 mark and the extra point was added for a 7-0 lead.
The Cougars executed 19 plays in the second quarter and failed to find the end zone.
East Hardy had 94 total yards of offense in the first half, while the Warriors had 90 yards.
Eat Hardy showed resolve in the second half, continuing to push the ball.
“We trailed 7-0 at half-time, but our conditioning shined through in the second half. Pocahontas County was tired. The way we hit, Pocahontas County was getting tired of being hit. Our defense played great all night long even without two starting linebackers,” Coach Williams commented.
Autumn Mathias was crowned the 2013 East Hardy Homecoming Queen during the half-time festivities.
The third quarter yielded ten plays offensively for the Cougars, but a touchdown was made and it was the result of a defensive takeaway…