The Times West Virginian

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November 20, 2013

Big 10 has strong showing in playoffs

FAIRMONT — The first week of the high school football playoffs is in the books, and the Big 10 still is well represented.

Three of the five teams are still alive this week.

Bridgeport and Fairmont Senior, both of which hosted games last weekend, easily cruised into the second round of the playoffs.

Robert C. Byrd upset No. 4 Frankfort to move on as well.

Lewis County was eliminated from the Class AAA field by No. 1 Huntington, and Philip Barbour fell to Class AA No. 1 Wayne.

The bad news is now Bridgeport and the Polar Bears will face off against each other this weekend.

Kickoff is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

RCB will visit No. 12 Ritchie County, who also pulled off an upset in the first round of No. 5 Summersville. That game will be Friday at 7:30 p.m.

This week’s standout performance comes from a familiar face, Bridgeport’s Anthony Bonamico.

Bonamico rushed 13 times for 227 yards in the Indians’ win over Roane County. He also scored three touchdowns.

Fairmont Senior’s Neil Scherich also had a big game with 162 yards rushing and 105 yards receiving on just four touches each. He also scored three TDs.

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Bonamico’s big game adds to his Big 10 rushing lead.

The Indian running back now has 1,814 yards on the season to lead the conference. Lincoln’s Ty Seibel remains in second (1,215), Philip Barbour’s Dylan Johnson moves to third (1,176), followed by injured Fairmont Senior back Noah Harmon (1,098) and Preston’s Josiah Nuse (1,040).

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Fairmont Senior’s Austin Norman closed the gap for the Big 10 passing title, now trailing leader Jarrod Kellar of Lincoln by 120 yards — 2,269 to 2,149.

The bad news is Norman won’t get a chance to catch his rival.

The Polar Bears senior quarterback suffered an ankle injury in the second half of his team’s win over Keyser and will not play in the Bears’ game this week.

The rest of the Top 5 did not change from last week.

East Fairmont’s Jake Delaney is third (1,890), followed by Preston’s Scott Stone (1,167) and Grafton’s Cole Collins (1,008).

Robert C. Byrd quarterback Julian Marino moved to sixth with 995 yards and has the chance to eclipse 1,000 yards passing this weekend.

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