By Mike DeFabo
Times West Virginian
There is no “I” in team. But at Wayne Jamison Field Friday night, Bridgeport proved there is a “Power-I.”
The Indians used their three-back formation to pound the ball against Fairmont Senior (4-1; 4-1 Big 10) in a 37-14 victory.
Bridgeport (5-1; 5-0 Big 10) running back Anthony Bonamico rushed for three touchdowns and 275 yards, the most yards on the ground in school history since at least 1997.
As a team, Bridgeport’s ball-control offense rushed the ball 40 of its 43 plays for 328 yards in the lopsided victory.
“We tried tackling him. And we were unsuccessful,” Fairmont Senior coach J.L. Abbott said. “Offensively, we tried to block, and we were unsuccessful. Things just snowballed.
“They outplayed us tonight. You’ve got to take your hats off to them. I can sit here and make excuses, but they out-coached us and outplayed us. It’s that simple.”
After a scoreless opening quarter, Bonamico scored touchdowns of 4 yards and 31 yards in the second quarter. Bridgeport quarterback A.C. Caldera added a third on a play-action bootleg from 21 yards out to give the Indians a 21-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Polar Bears received the second-half kick, but the next minute and 30 seconds aptly summed up Fairmont Senior’s evening. The Polar Bears went three-and-out and punted right back to the Bridgeport. On the next play, Bonamico sprinted 53 yards down to the 2-yard line, and then finished it off the next play with his third touchdown of the evening.
“We didn’t play to our potential. We didn’t play our game,” Fairmont Senior quarterback Austin Norman said. “Against a good team like this, that’s how it ends, just a blowout win.”
Fairmont Senior responded with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Norman to Neil Scherich on the next drive to cut the lead to 28-6. Norman later tossed his second touchdown pass of the evening to Nick Davisson, but not before the Indians added a touchdown and field goal of their own to put the game well out of reach.
“We just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Abbott said. “When you put your defense out there it wears them out when you keep going three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out.”
The Polar Bears will try to get back on track next week when they travel to Frankfort.
“It just wasn’t a Polar Bear night,” Abbott said. “But our future has not been written yet. We are a resilient bunch, and we’re going to go back to work. They haven’t heard the last of us.”
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