The Times West Virginian

October 30, 2013

Norman turns in standout performance

By Mike Bowen
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — With only two weeks left in the regular season for West Virginia high school football, teams are starting to jockey for that final playoff positioning.

For the first time this season, all three Marion County schools won on the same night last week.

And with that comes another big performance from a Marion County athlete. This week’s standout performance comes from Fairmont Senior quarterback Austin Norman.

Norman threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Buckhannon, and he also rushed for a fifth touchdown in the victory.

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Bridgeport’s Anthony Bonamico is still the conference’s rushing leader with 1,317 yards on the season.

The Indians did not have a 1,000-yard rusher in 2012 and Bonamico needs just over 250 yards before the end of the season to top last year’s Big 10 rushing leader Elkins’ L.J. Lawrence.

Fairmont Senior’s Noah Harmon is in second with 1,098 yards, followed by Lincoln’s Ty Seibel (1,062) and Preston’s Josiah Nuse (1,017).

Philip Barbour’s Dylan Johnson is in fifth with 839.

Of those four backs with 1,000-plus rush yards, only Seibel is not averaging over 10 yards per carry.

The conference had five players break the 1,000-yard mark in 2012, and Johnson needs 161 yards in the Colts’ final game to help equal that mark.

Ryan Elliott leads North Marion with 513 yards rushing and East Fairmont is paced by Scotty Shroyer with 340.

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Lincoln’s Jarrod Kellar is closing in on 2,000 yards passing for the second straight year.

Kellar leads the Big 10 with 1,774 yards on 103-of-197 passing. He also led the league with 2,289 yards last season.

Fairmont Senior’s Norman is second with 1,454 yards, but he leads the conference in touchdown passes with 17. East Fairmont’s Jake Delaney is enjoying one of the most prolific passing seasons by an East Fairmont quarterback with 1,365 yards and 13 TDs. Preston’s Scott Stone is the only other conference QB to break 1,000 yards with 1,075. His 10 touchdown passes give all four 1,000-yard-plus signal-callers double-digit touchdowns on the season.

Grafton’s Cole Collins is close to joining that group with 884 yards and nine touchdown passes.

North Marion is led by Chase Banker with 144 yards passing.

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East’s Shroyer is the Big 10’s leading receiver with 50 receptions on the year.

He’s ahead of Philip Barbour’s Al Johnson, who has 46 receptions.

Lincoln’s Dillon O’Dell is in third place with 39 but leads the conference in receiving yards with 921. In comparison, Shroyer has 596 and Johnson has 621.

Grafton’s Tyler Moore is in fourth place with 27 catches for 375 yards and Anthony Gemondo of Lincoln has 24 receptions for 278 yards.

Fairmont Senior is led by Luke Hrapchak with 21 catches for 336 yards and North Marion is led by Ryan Elliott with 10 for 56.

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Preston’s Josiah Nuse leads the Big 10 in scoring with 114 points this season.

The Knight running back has 18 touchdowns and three two-point conversions.

Bonamico is in second with 108 points. He’s also scored 18 touchdowns to tie for the conference lead with Nuse.

They are followed by Seibel (102), Johnson (76) and three players tied with 66 points each — Bridgeport’s A.C. Caldera, Harmon and Philip Barbour’s Dylan Johnson.

East Fairmont’s leading scorer is Shroyer with 48 points, and North Marion’s Elliott has 30 to lead the Huskies.

The conference’s leading kicker is still Bridgeport’s Brennan Duarte.

Duarte has 38 PAT kicks and two field goals on the season for 44 points.

Lincoln’s Emily Knight is next with 39 points, followed by Lewis County’s Riley Gunter (31), Fairmont Senior’s Dakota Mouser (30) and Robert C. Byrd’s Zach Messersmith and Grafton’s Zach Rowand, who both have 24 points.