"The doctors tested him for a concussion," Poca coach Bob Lemley said of Loudin. "He was carrying the ball and got hit and hurt his ribs, so he had a couple of things going there, so we took him out as a precaution.
"It makes it tougher offensively because we're limited on what we've got. We don't have a whole lot of numbers, and when the tailback comes out, it affects us a little bit."
Still, trailing 37-24, Poca (2-7) had the ball deep in Sissonville territory with a chance to cut the deficit to a single score early in the fourth quarter. But Dots quarterback Tyler Payne was picked off in the end zone by Michael Hicks, leading to Stowers' final touchdown.
A Tyler Shaffer interception and 56-yard return for a TD on the ensuing Poca drive ended the scoring.
Sissonville will host Braxton County (5-4) next week in what could turn out to be a playoff play-in game. Either way, it's likely that the Indians must win to get in, a fact not lost on Smolder or Stowers.
"We know if we beat Braxton County, we have a good chance to get to the playoffs and that's our goal," Smolder said. "Our goal is right in front of us, we've just got to go take it."
"Even though this was a great win, we've got to forget about it and move on and start focusing on Braxton County on Monday because they're a pretty good team," Stowers said.
Payne threw for 102 yards and two touchdowns and added 44 yards on the ground for Poca. Hayden Bailey ran 20 times for 57 yards after Loudin exited.
Tyler Gibson caught a game-high six passes for 62 yards and a 9-yard touchdown while Bailey added a 40-yard scoring reception.
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