Pocahontas Warrior Football Scrimmage Gives The Team A Tune Up Before The Season Starts
Greenbrier County, Wv – With the start of the football season almost upon us, the Pocahontas County High School Warriors have been busy finishing up the final preparations for their first game of the year.
Along with all the conditioning and memorizing of the playbook that has taken place over the past weeks, preparing for the beginning of the season also includes scrimmages, a time when the players can finally strap on the pads and begin hitting. The Warriors were in Greenbrier County recently to scrimmage the Liberty High School Raiders. Coach Mike Knisely gave his team a grade.
“I’d give them a B,” says Knisely. “There was nothing overly bad with what we saw on tape. There were some things we could have done better and there’s room to improve. But overall I thought we did okay.”
For Knisely, the scrimmage against Liberty allowed for a clear evaluation of personnel as well as playbook comprehension.
“We wanted to see what their knowledge of the playbook was,” says Knisely. “We also wanted to see things from a personnel standpoint and where everyone fits in.”
For the players, getting back on the field and playing a game was a welcoming sign that the first game of the season was just around the corner. For senior LB Zach Chestnut, the scrimmage and stepping back on the field for the first time in a year had a special meaning.
“Last year,” says Chestnut, “I broke my leg in a scrimmage and was out for the whole year. I’ve been in the weight room for a long time getting ready for the scrimmages and start of the season.”
But a scrimmage is just that. A win or loss doesn’t mean anything. The game doesn’t carry any weight or importance. And so that first game against Tucker County on August 27th is all that the players and coaches can think about.
“We’re all ready to go,” says Chestnut. “We’ve been waiting for the first game since the end of last season.”