Following the touchdown, Poca moved the ball all the way to the Nicholas 15-yard line, but two false-start penalties, a fumble and 10-yard loss via sack on fourth down resulted in a turnover on downs.
"We had a little trouble executing," Lemley said. "We got the ball down there and couldn't take advantage of it there. We still got a lot of inexperienced guys and they're learning as they go, but I see some good things."
From there, Nicholas resumed its running attack again. It took three rushes before Sagraves broke free for a 38-yard TD to help make it 21-8.
It wasn't until Nicholas attempted its first pass of the second half that the Dots scored. Lester Anthony intercepted that lone pass attempt and returned it 60 yards for a score with 48 seconds left.
Poca trailed by seven after the two-point conversion failed. The Dots had a final chance to mount a game-tying drive, however, the ensuing onside kick did not travel the required 10 yards.
Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the opening half.
The Dots appeared to start strongly with a 12-play, 75-yard drive on their second possession of the game. Senior running back T.T. Loudin capped the drive with a 10-yard TD rush to the right side. Justin Stewart completed the 2-point conversion pass to Andrew Gibson to go ahead 8-0 with 2:03 remaining in the first quarter.
Before securing the two points, Gibson extended the drive on a fake punt. On fourth-and-5 from the Nicholas 35, Poca showed punt formation, but Gibson took the snap and lofted a pass to Anthony for a 30-yard gain. After a false start penalty, Loudin took a pitch from Stewart and rushed to the right side for the score.
The Grizzlies responded on the ensuing drive with their first touchdown of the season after losing 6-0 to Greenbrier West in Week One. Mayes accounted for 56 yards on four carries of the six-play scoring drive, capped by his own 7-yard run and it was 8-7.