The Times West Virginian

September 9, 2013

Norman uses arm and feet to lead FSHS


Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Senior football head coach J.L. Abbott wanted to do one thing offensively: pass the ball.

The coach put the ad out, and his quarterback answered the call.

In Fairmont Senior’s first game, quarterback Austin Norman completed just seven of 13 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown with an interception tacked on.

All week, Abbott preached passing into his senior quarterback’s head, and come Friday night when it was time to play, it seemed to have sunk in.

Norman threw 18 passes Friday and completed 10 of them for 263 yards and three scores. Even though he threw an interception, Norman looked comfortable in and out of the pocket for the Polar Bears.

One of his 10 completions and 99 of his yards came in one play when he fired the ball to a wide open Nick Davisson about 30 yards down the field. After the catch, Davisson took it the rest of the way to the house and Norman added a touchdown to his stat sheet.

He had touchdown passes of 23 and 25 yards to go along with his 99-yard score. He also did a good job of spreading the ball around, as he hit four receivers on the night for nice gains.

But throwing the ball wasn’t all the quarterback did Friday night.

He also picked up 33 yards on the ground, 13 of which came on a 13-yard dash to the end zone after escaping North Marion’s pressure. His three carries on the night gave him an 11.0 yards-per-carry average in the victory.

At the end of the night, Norman led the Polar Bears to a 62-14 victory after accounting for nearly half his team’s points.

For his efforts both through the air and on the ground, Norman is this week’s Times West Virginian high school player of the week.