Warriors Coach Knisely Says The First Football Game Is Crucial To A Successful Season

Dunmore, WV – Tonight the Pocahontas County High School Warriors travel to Tucker County for the kickoff of the 2010 football season. After weeks of preparations, scrimmages and preseason practices, the start of the season is finally here. Warriors Head Coach Mike Knisely and his players are ready for kickoff.

“It seems like a long time between the first practices and now,” says Knisely, “but the guys are ready and everything’s come together.”

Knisely talked about the game plan against Tucker.

“We can’t have turnovers,” says Knisely, “and we have to go out and play our game. Our defense has been really good in the scrimmages, so as long as we don’t give up big passes we’ll be okay. Winning the turnover battle and minimizing big plays defensively will be the key to winning for us.”

Knisely already knows what he plans to tell his team before they run out on the field.

“We’re going to talk specifically to the seniors and remind them that this is their last chance to have a good year,” says Knisely. “We also want to remind the whole team of all the hard work they put into the preseason practices and weight lifting program.”

Because not every team makes the sectional playoffs, like in many other West Virginia High School sports, Knisely plans to remind his team of the importance of this game.

“Losing this game could possibly keep us out of the playoffs no matter what we do the rest of the year,” says Knisely. “We have to remind them of that fact and get them pumped up and ready to go.”

Kickoff is set for 7:30.

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