Four PCHS Warriors Receive All-State Honors
Dunmore, WV – The West Virginia Sportswriters Association elected four Pocahontas County Warrior football players for All-State honors. Running back Kyler Doss made first-team; quarterback Skylar Knisely was named to the second team as a defensive back; linebacker Hunter Grimes received special honorable mention and big nose tackle Brandon Gloshen received honorable mention.
With typical humility, Doss said it was a team effort.
“I felt good, but it’s not all about me,” he said. “It’s about the whole team and I have to thank all my linemen and my fullback.”
The star running back talked about his most important key to success.
“The weight room,” he said. “When I missed, I missed because I went to the beach and found a weight room at the beach and lifted that week. So, my hard work through the summer and winter. You can’t have an off-season. You have to work all year round.”
Among others, Doss credited his brother, former PCHS All-State LB Seth Doss, for helping him become a great football player.
“All my coaches, my parents, they’ve supported me all the way – and my brother,” he said.
PCHS football coach Mike Knisely talked about Doss’ contribution to the team.
“Offensively, he was a big workhorse for us,” he said. “He had up around 1,900 yards and 23 or 24 touchdowns. You know, he was a major part of our offensive weapon.”
Quarterback Skylar Knisely captained the Warriors to seven victories this season. Knislely talked about his son’s field generalship.
“He’s always had a knack for the game and had an understanding of what should be going on – to be able to send a play in and for him to be able to get people lined up and be able to get everything going,” he said. “He was, kind of, the orchestrator of what was going on on that field, offensively, all the time.”
Grimes said he was surprised to receive All-State honors.
“It’s great, it really is,” he said. “I never really thought I’d ever make All-State. I mean, coming in behind Kendall Beverage and Mark Williamson and great linebackers like Seth Doss. I mean, I never thought I’d ever make All-State.”
The linebacker said playing football for Pocahontas was a special experience.
“Taking that jersey off at Wahama killed me,” he said. “It was the last time I was ever going to put that jersey back on. I mean, it was a great time, a great opportunity to play here. I love Pocahontas County.”
Knisely said Grimes was preeminent on both sides of the ball.
Many of Kyler’s yardage wouldn’t have been accumulated without his blocking abilities, but the defensive side of the ball, as a linebacker, he was essential to us,” he said. “He was our leading tackler almost every game.”
Big Brandon Gloshen anchored the offensive and defensive lines for the Warriors.
Knisely talked about how Gloshen became a great football player.
“He truly started, after his freshman year, dedicating himself into that weight room,” he said. “He found something that he could do well and found out that he was naturally strong and he continued to work at it. Without a doubt, the hardest worker that I’ve ever had in the weight room.”
Unfortunately, the Warriors will lose three of these outstanding players to graduation. Fortunately, Kyler Doss will return to the Warrior backfield next season.