Jesse Hoke Spearheads Pocahontas County Warrior Football Offense
Dunmore, WV – For the Pocahontas County Warriors football team, it wasn’t just winning the opening game against Tucker County that left the team satisfied, but knowing that they beat a team soundly playing the type of football they had been working on all preseason.
The Warriors went into the first game of the year with the goal of dominating the line of scrimmage and showcasing a powerful run offense. By putting the ball in the hands of Senior RB Jesse Hoke, they did just that.
Hoke rushed for 264 yards on 35 carries and scored three touchdowns. It wasn’t until well after the game that Hoke realized what he had just done and that he had been named the Glenvale State College Player of the Week by West Virginia Metro News.
“It was a big surprise,” says Hoke. “Riding home and hearing about it on the radio after the game was insane. I was stunned. I don’t think anyone around here has ever gotten that.”
The game showcased the type of running back Hoke has become in his years with the Warriors football program. He gives credit to the weight lifting program Coach Mike Knisely has installed for his ability to run through and over tacklers.
“The weight room has definitely been important,” says Hoke. “It has really contributed to my success.”
And like any good running back, Hoke credits his offensive line for what he was able to do.
“It was insane how big the holes were,” says Hoke. “We’ve got a great line with Evan Rose and Seth Doss. They’ve done a great job.”
The Warriors travel to Parkersburg Catholic on Saturday and will try to play against them the same way they did against Tucker County.
“They don’t have a very big team this year,” says Hoke, “but they’re really fast and explode off the line. If we can run against them, you can bet we’ll be doing that.”
No matter how the season goes for the Warriors, expect to see Hoke as the offensive focal point in every game.