CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The second week of the high school football season presents another opportunity to secure a first win of the season as Poca plays host to Nicholas County.
The Dots and Grizzlies opened the fall schedule with losses, though both teams showed strengths that each coach said they hope translates to victories when the teams meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Poca fell behind 28-0 by halftime last week at Nitro, but rebounded with 22 second-half points in an eventual 41-22 loss, while Nicholas dropped a tight 6-0 contest versus Greenbrier West.
"The first half didn't go so good," Dots Coach Bob Lemley said. "The second half, I thought we changed a little bit of our offensive scheme somewhat and scored pretty quickly.
"We didn't give up, we didn't quit. I liked that about them. If we can kind of shore up the defense and not let teams keep the ball from us, we'll be OK. The first half, offensively, I think we only ran six plays, so that wasn't good. We'll have to get a little better defensively and I think we're getting a little more confidence as we go."
Nicholas will look to score its first touchdown of the season at Poca. While the Grizzlies contained the Greenbrier West offense, Nicholas fell short without any points.
"We had the ball inside their 10-yard line three times and came away with no points," Nicholas Coach Gene Morris said, "and we had it inside their 20 two other times and came away with no points, so (we're) not very happy with us finishing drives, not very happy with our redzone offense."
Lemley said he anticipates the Grizzlies offense will look to rebound behind the strength of its offensive line and senior quarterback Tyler Sagraves.
"They have some big kids up front," Lemley said. "They have good-sized linemen. Their quarterback (Sagraves), he's back at quarterback. He can run the ball really well. We're going to have to find him just about every play because he's capable of running the ball, and he can throw the ball also."
With a powerful Grizzlies line, Lemley said he expects Nicholas to employ a steady running game. The key for Poca will be to limit the opposition's offensive time on the field.