Gore, Warriors Hold Off Late Surge, Edge Polk 21-20

PIKEVILLE, Tenn.–On homecoming night for the Warriors, they didn’t disappoint with a nail-biter in James T. Warden, clamping down on Polk County, 21-20.

Down late in the game, 14-13, though, the Warriors needed a perfectly executed drive to pull ahead of the Wildcats.

“Once we got across the 30-yard line, we knew we were in field goal range,” Bledsoe County head coach Josh Owensby said.  “We were trying to milk the clock right there.  We were talking about ball security.  I knew once we got across, we could score.”

The Warriors after falling to South Pittsburg and Silverdale at home, needed a region win to stay alive in the playoff picture, and they used that motivation to a science edging Polk County Friday night.

“We were focused on getting back in the playoff picture,” Owensby said. ”  We slipped up and let Silverdale beat us, so we had to have this one to stay alive in the playoffs.”

Polk County started off the night with a 79 yard touchdown by senior fullback Logan Griswold with just under eleven minutes to go in the 1st quarter.  Chaise Sorrow and his Warrior squad took almost an entire two quarters to answer on a five yard rush by the senior signal caller, knotting things up at 7 before halftime.

On the other side of the homecoming festivities, Polk County would score, yet again, on another grounded touchdown over midway through the 3rd quarter.  That would put them up by a touchdown and an extra point.

Two minutes later, senior Warrior tailback Joseph Gore dipped in for his first score of the night with a 19-yard rush that included an unusual PAT miss by All-State kicker/punter Gabe Boring.  After another quarter’s worth of play, the Warriors’ Coalton Dunn ran for a 4-yard touchdown capped off by a successful Joseph Gore two-point conversion, putting the Warriors up by seven late in the fourth.

In under a minute, the Wildcats scored on a 49-yard halfback pass before missing the two-point conversion.  The Wildcats would successfully recover the onside kick, but a stingy Warrior defense forced a three and out on the Wildcats’ last drive.  After a quarterback kneel, the Warriors came away with their first region win, which was very much needed after the past couple of weeks of football action.

“We’re a dogfighting team,” Owensby said.  “That’s what we are.  You even go back to the Silverdale loss, it’s a one possession game.  The last two weeks, it’s come down to the two point conversion.  We’re going to fight.”

The Warriors found a win on homecoming night while the Wildcats fall behind in the playoff picture yet again.  Bledsoe County hosts bitter rival Sequatchie County in Pikeville next week while the Wildcats rest on a bye week down in Benton.

BOX SCORE

PCHS — 7 | 0 | 7 | 6 || 20

BPHS — 0 | 7 | 6 | 8 || 21

Contact Chandler Morrison at TheSpearSportsBlog@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter@RCS_Chandler!

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