The Times West Virginian

November 18, 2013

Scherich provides consistency for Polar Bears


Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — With all the injuries to Fairmont Senior’s football team piling up, Neil Scherich has been a constant.

The senior wide receiver has remained the top target for quarterback Austin Norman all season, putting up solid numbers game in and game out. When the Polar Bears hosted Keyser in the first round of the Class AA playoffs this past Friday night, it was Scherich again who stepped up.

Scherich did most of his damage in the first half for Fairmont Senior. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver hauled in four passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He was pertinent in giving his team a 42-8 halftime lead over the Golden Tornado.

His game doesn’t stop there, though.

Scherich ran the ball once in the first half for a whopping 62 yards, showing off his speed and ability to break tackles.

When Norman went down with an injury in the second half, the Polar Bears needed someone to take the pressure off freshman backup quarterback Dominic Smith.

To do that, coach J.L. Abbott looked to pound the ball on the ground and run the clock in the second half. There was only one problem with that method. Running back Malik Boddy was also hurting after some solid hits in the first half and was taking some plays off on the bench.

Not to worry, though. Insert Scherich.

Scherich took his first handoff of the second half, made a few moves and then sprinted 80 yards to paydirt, Fairmont Senior’s only second-half touchdown.

All in all, he finished with 107 yards receiving, 163 yards rushing and three total touchdowns. He averaged 26.75 yards per catch and 20.4 yards per carry to lead Fairmont Senior in a 49-28 win and advanced his team into the second round of the playoffs.

For his outstanding performance, Scherich is this week’s Times West Virginian high school player of the week.