POCA, W.Va. -- As it's done nearly every game this season, Herbert Hoover was prepared for another close one.
And for the most part, it was indeed close as the Huskies pulled out a 27-12 victory to earn a much-needed Cardinal Conference win over a somewhat-reorganizing Poca team on homecoming night at O.O. White Stadium.
Both teams needed to end losing skids and gain some momentum for the latter part of their schedules. The Huskies (2-3), coming off a bye week, used the power running of junior backs Colton Thomas and Shaun Dotson, who combined for 266 yards.
"That was a hard-fought game. But our backs played a great game. When they get going, they're hard to handle," said Huskies coach Tim Meyer. "We had an off week last week, but we're still trying to get ourselves healed up. We had to alternate series with Shaun Dotson. Freshman Brandon Scarberry stepped in there and made a bunch of really good plays."
Poca (1-5) could not seem to muster any offensive firepower in the early going.
"They're pretty strong up front and we really didn't get it going until the fourth quarter,'' said Poca coach Bob Lemley. "We showed a little more enthusiasm the second half and had we played that way the whole ballgame, it might have been a different outcome. We started out with a lot of new kids at the beginning of the season and now that they've been in there, it's time for them to buckle down."
After a scoreless first quarter that saw Hoover twice drive down the field only to turn it over on downs deep in Poca territory, Dotson found the end zone in the second quarter from 17 yards out.
Following a kickoff that rolled to the 3 and was only returned 8 yards, junior quarterback Justin Stewart's pass was intercepted by the Huskies' sophomore defensive back Triston Hager.
Two plays later, Hoover junior quarterback Tyler Americo found senior receiver Brenden Holbrook open down the sideline for a 48-yard catch-and-run touchdown putting the Huskies up 13-0.