Poca and Sissonville, perhaps the game of the year in the Cardinal Conference, has had a change of date and venue.
Instead of Friday evening at Joe Sawyer Field in Sissonville, the game has been switched to University of Charleston Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday. Field conditions at Sissonville’s site prompted the move.
“It’s as bad as I’ve ever seen it,’’ Indians coach Marc Wilson said of Sawyer Field. “It just seems like the rainy weeks have come at the worst time this year when we’ve got a home game coming up.’’
Poca coach Seth Ramsey was in agreement with the move to UC Stadium/Laidley Field.
“Marc told me their field was not playable,’’ Ramsey said, “and asked if we objected to playing at Laidley Saturday, and we said no problem at all.’’
Unbeaten Poca (5-0) comes into the game fourth in the SSAC Class AA playoff ratings, and the Indians (4-1) are tied for ninth. Poca is coming off its first-ever win against Mingo Central in five tries, a 45-27 triumph last Friday. Sissonville’s lone loss was 39-36 to the Miners.
The Dots and Indians also stand first and second in the Cardinal Conference standings, with respective league records of 4-0 and 4-1.
Sissonville features the leading passer in the conference in senior Will Hackney (1,548 yards, 21 touchdowns) and Poca relies on sophomore running back Ethan Payne (806 yards, 12 touchdowns), who ranks second in the Cardinal in rushing yardage.