The Times West Virginian

September 25, 2013

Polar Bears, Huskies not taking opponents lightly

By Mike DeFabo
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — After Fairmont Senior’s last game on Sept. 14, coach J.L. Abbott gave his team a day off.

You can say they earned it.

The Polar Bears (3-0) pounded Preston 55-12. It was the second straight game where the Polar Bears tallied more than 50 points. In total, they have outscored opponents by a combined margin of 145-33, just one of the many reasons the Polar Bears are ranked as the top team in class AA according to WVSSAC’s playoff poll.

After the one Saturday morning off, however, it was right back to business for the Polar Bears. Even though they didn’t play last week, the Polar Bears kept their same schedule.

“High school athletes are creatures of habit,” Abbott said. “When you change things up, bad things happen.”

The schedule stayed the same and the Polar Bears are hoping that so, too, will the result when Fairmont Senior travels to Elkins this Friday.



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Though North Marion dropped its game Friday when they hosted Bridgeport, the Huskies did pick up a small victory.

Quarterback Drew Harker returned after sitting out the first two weeks due to mono.

When he was diagnosed with mono, the Huskies found out just 15 minutes before they got on the bus. Last week, North Marion found out just four days before the game that he was cleared for contact.

“It was really great to be back,” Harker said. “Of course, I was really nervous with it being a home game and all. It added some anxiousness. But overall, I was really glad to be back.”

This week, Harker is hoping that with a full week of practice he will be sharper and more prepared.

Next week North Marion will celebrate its homecoming when the Huskies host the East Fairmont Bees. Harker is hoping to celebrate a week early when the Huskies travel to Preston looking for their first win of the season.

“I would love to get the first win this Friday. It would be great,” he said. “It would be a nice kick in the butt toward next week.”

Preston has just one win, but still Harker said the Huskies aren’t taking any team lightly.

“They’re still a good team. I don’t look at one team being worse or better than another,” he said. “They’re still my opponent. I know that I have to do my best no matter what to get a win.”

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.