The Times West Virginian

November 20, 2013

Big 10 has strong showing in playoffs

By Mike Bowen
Times West Virginian

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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There was no change in the Big 10 receiving order.

East Fairmont’s Scotty Shroyer is the conference leader with 61 catches, followed by Lincoln’s Dillon O’Dell (52), Philip Barbour’s Al Johnson (50), Lincoln’s Anthony Gemondo (35) and Grafton’s Tyler Moore (29).

Scherich moves up to tie East Fairmont’s Ronnie Mills for sixth with 26 catches each.

O’Dell has the most receiving yards with 1,233.

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Bonamico is far and away the conference scoring leader with 28 touchdowns for 168 points this season.

Nuse is second with 114 points and Lincoln’s Seibel is third with 108.

Scherich vaulted up to fourth and now has 15 touchdowns and 92 points, and the Indians’ A.C. Caldera rounds out the Top 5 with 90 points.

Bridgeport’s Brennan Duarte added to his kicking lead and now has 64 points for the season.

Fairmont Senior’s Dakota Mouser moved up into the Top 25 scorers and has 38 points.