A key moment in the 2001 title game came courtesy of a trademark Lemley trick play, as backup quarterback Brent Roberts took a cross-field lateral from QB Alan Barie, then heaved a 53-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Thomas in the fourth quarter to break a 7-all tie.
Lemley was selected as the state high school coach of the year by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association for the 2003-04 school year.
Part of his reasoning in stepping down now, he said, is to spend more time with his grandson Samuel, age 1 year, 7 months.
"I'm already babysitting him twice a week or more,'' Lemley said with a chuckle.
He also expects to fish and golf more than in recent years, but doesn't see himself getting back into coaching again, at least for the time being.
Poca only made the playoffs twice in the past 10 years, 2006 and 2010, losing in the first round of the former and reaching the quarterfinals in the latter.
Lemley said it was difficult for everyone to deal with the lack of success after such a glorious run to start the 2000s.
"You want your guys to experience what we've done in the past,'' he said, "and when that doesn't happen . . . Our kids tried, but it didn't seem like it was happening.
"I've got mixed feelings about that. Kids are a little bit different now, especially in football, trying to specialize a little bit more. When you've got a small school, a small double-A school, you need all the athletes out there if you can get them. It's a challenge.
"You like to be competitive. You like the guys to give it a shot. We were competitive a few times this year. The kids were great, at least the ones who showed up were great.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.