The Times West Virginian

October 16, 2013

Bridgeport, Bonamico running away from Big 10

By Mike Bowen
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The ground-and-pound running game has served Bridgeport's football team well for as long as one can remember.

Down and distance doesn't matter when you have the type of rushers the Indians have bred.

Anthony Bonamico is the latest to take his position in that vaunted backfield, and he turned in one of the week’s best performances against Keyser.

Bonamico rushed for 239 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Indians’ rout of Keyser over the weekend.

As the season begins to wind down and the playoff races heat up, so do the battle for the conference leaders.

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Bonamico is still the Big 10’s leading rusher with 1,194 yards and is the only conference player with over 1,000 yards rushing on the season.

Lincoln’s Ty Seibel is closing in on that plateau with 947 yards, and Fairmont Senior's Noah Harmon is third with 887 yards.

Lewis County’s Mark Metzgar (635) and Preston’s Josiah Nuse (627) round out the conference’s Top 5 rushers.

The rest of the Top 10 include Philip Barbour’s Dylan Johnson (624), Bridgeport’s A.C. Caldera (586), North Marion’s Ryan Elliott (476) and Elkins’ Dylan Lucas (473) and Morgan Kelly (463).

The East Fairmont Bees are led by Scotty Shroyer with 229 yards.

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Fairmont Senior's Austin Norman broke 1,000 yards passing for the season, but still trails conference leader Jarrod Kellar of Lincoln.

Kellar continues to put up big numbers through the air and has 1,613 on the season. Norman has 1,077, and the two are the only ones in four digits.

Norman does lead the Big 10 in touchdown passes with an even dozen.

Kellar and Preston's Scott Stone, who is third with 864 yards passing, both have nine TD passes.

East Fairmont's Jake Delaney is fourth with 796 yards, and Grafton's Cole Collins is in fifth with 632.

North Marion's leading passer is Kyle Elliott with 126 yards on the season.

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Shroyer has taken over the Big 10 receiving lead from PB's Al Johnson with 41 catches on the year.

Johnson has 40 on the season and a slight edge in receiving yards with 499 to Shroyer's 497.

Lincoln’s Dillon O’Dell has 36 catches, but leads the Big 10 with 880 receiving yards.

Grafton’s Tyler Moore (21) and Lincoln’s Anthony Gemondo (20) are the remainder of the Top 5.

Fairmont Senior’s Ryder Skarzinski and Luke Hrapchak both have 14 catches on the year and North Marion’s Chase Banker leads the Huskies with seven.

The conference has 14 other players who have caught 10 or more passes so far this season.

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Seibel is the conference's leading scorer with 96 points on a league-high 16 touchdowns.

Bonamico is just behind with 15 TDs and 90 points.

After that there is a large gap.

Preston’s Nuse is third with 68 and the Indians’ Caldera is next with 60.

Metzgar comes in fifth with 54 points.

Marion County is led by Harmon with 48 points. East Fairmont’s Shroyer has 42 and North’s Ryan Elliott has 18 points.

Bridgeport’s Brennan Duarte leads the Big 10 with 38 kicking points, with Lincoln’s Emily Knight just trailing with 37.

Knight has kicked a league-high five field goals.

Fairmont Senior’s Dakota Mouser leads Marion County with 19 points. East Fairmont's Colin Harvath has 13 and North Marion's Dylan Leary has nine.