By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
East Fairmont’s seniors celebrated in the best way possible Friday night at East-West Stadium as they were able to down Philip Barbour, 49-25.
The Bees’ seniors accounted for 423 of the team’s 504 total yards of offense.
“It was perfect. I told them in the huddle, ‘Thanks for winning this one,’” senior lineman Jared Harr said of the victory over No. 14 Philip Barbour (6-4). “I’m going to be thinking about this one for the next 20 years.”
East Fairmont (3-6) started fast, jumping out to 12-point halftime lead behind quarterback Jake Delaney’s two touchdown passes, one to Myles Johnson for 22 yards and one to senior Scotty Shroyer for 55 yards. Johnson finished with three catches for 91 yards and two scores.
“We just came out and played our game,” senior Shroyer said of the fast start.
Delaney completed all five of his first-half passes for 91 yards.
All three seniors who lined up in the backfield, Shroyer, Ronnie Mills and Matt Hopwood, were seemingly running at will against the Colts. The three of them were able to rack up a combined 262 yards on the ground. 161 of those yards came in the second half.
“I tell them every time to keep up the intensity,” Harr said of his team’s ability to run the ball. “We call out who we’ve got; we’re just a unit up there. We’re five guys up there blocking as one. We’re just hogs.”
The line was bolstered by seniors Harr and Michael Moore along with John Reed, Ryan Earle and Andrew Smallwood. Head coach Bill Haddox said the boys did a phenomenal job up front blocking for the seniors.
Philip Barbour’s offense seemed hindered without top receiver Al Johnson, and the Colts turned to running backs Morgan Stalnaker and Dylan Johnson to carry the load.
While they piled up the yards, 234 between the two of them, they weren’t able to keep up with East Fairmont’s scoring offense.
“We were just hungry tonight,” Harr said of the defensive effort to keep the Colts away from the end zone.
Whenever the Colts did manage to score, the Bees answered quickly and definitively.
The Colts pulled the score within five at the start of the second half after an interception. But Delaney answered with a 32-yard score to Shroyer to put the Bees ahead, 28-16.
“I knew it wasn’t a big deal,” Delaney said of the interception. “I messed up and we moved on.”
The interception was Delaney’s lone incompletion as he completed 11 of 12 passes for 258 yards and five touchdowns on the night.
“We should’ve played like this all year,” the junior quarterback said.
With under a minute left, the Colts drove down the field and were knocking on the door, though a late score wouldn’t have mattered at that point as they were down, 49-23. The Bees’ defense came up with a goal-line stand and kept the Colts out of the end zone.
When the final buzzer sounded, the seniors, along with the rest of the Bees, celebrated a 49-25 victory.
“It wasn’t just for me,” Shroyer said. “It was for the team. I came out on senior night and played my heart out.”
For the seniors, Shroyer finished with 199 yards of total offense 91 on the ground and 108 through the air. Hopwood exploded in the second half and finished with 98 yards and two scores. Mills finished with 70 yards on the ground. Wideout David Wadsworth finished with a long 44-yard touchdown catch. Zach Blosser also hauled in a pass for 15 yards. All in all the Bees had nine seniors on the field, and three of them reached the end zone.
The Bees move to 3-6 on the season. They have one task left ahead of them in the 2013 season, and that’s rival Fairmont Senior. Harr likes his team’s chances against the Polar Bears.
“We’ve got a lot of momentum after this win; we’re going to be ready.”
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