Times West Virginian
North Marion’s Austin Stanley seemed to be unstoppable under the Friday night lights at Huskey Field this past week.
Stanley nearly doubled his rushing total for the season against East Fairmont. Coming into the game he had 119 yards on 31 carries and no scores. When the final seconds ran off the clock Friday night, he had 193 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.
It only took two carries for Stanley to surpass his season total as he took the first two handoffs 66 and 60 yards, respectively. Four of his 12 carries were over 10 yards and he scored on runs of six and three yards on the night.
His best play of the night, though, wasn’t a long burst up the middle or a rumbling run up the sideline. It was a small play that gained just four yards. But those four yards kept the drive alive on a fourth and inches play in the fourth quarter that eventually led to Stanley’s game-winning touchdown.
Stanley went on to thank his offensive line and his fullback after his strong performance, not wanting to take the credit himself.
For his tough performance, Stanley is the Times West Virginian’s high school player of the week.