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November 2, 2013

Fairmont Senior rolls past Lincoln: VIDEO AND PHOTOS

FAIRMONT — Luke Hrapchak hasn’t carried the ball much this season.

Really there has been no need with Noah Harmon consistently putting up some of the best numbers in the conference. But with the “Moose” as he is called sidelined with a knee injury, Hrapchak got his chance and made the most of it.

Despite carrying the ball just three times, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound back picked up 113 yards and two touchdowns. It helped Fairmont Senior run away with an easy 46-16 victory over Lincoln Friday at Duvall-Rosier Field.

Hrapchak, who averaged more than 35 yards per carry, sprinted to the end zone on two long runs, one from 43 yards and a second from 69 yards.

“And he needed oxygen after every one of them,” Fairmont Senior coach J.L. Abbott joked afterward.

Throughout the contest, it was Lincoln that was struggling to catch its breath.

The Polar Bears rattled off seven touchdowns, all in the first half, to jump out to a 46-0 halftime lead. Lincoln, meanwhile, didn’t pick up a first down until the final play of the first quarter.

“Our goal was to jump out quick on them and get the big lead and then just play our game,” said quarterback Austin Norman, who was 10 of 19 for 180 yards and two touchdowns. “That’s what we’ve been doing all season. And tonight, we really wanted to get the lead and jump out and take care of business.”

Filling in for the injured Harmon, Malik Boddy also rushed for two touchdowns to go along with 81 rushing yards. Ryder Skarzinski caught a 37-yard touchdown pass and ran in another from seven yards. And Neil Scherich snagged a 51-yard touchdown pass.

“All-in-all I thought the offense was pretty flawless that first half,” Abbott said.

The same can be said for the defense.

Lincoln has been among the most prolific scoring teams in the conference, boasting the top passer in Jarrod Kellar, two of the top receivers in Dillon O’Dell and Anthony Germando, and one of the leading rushers in Ty Seibel.

But the Polar Bear defense kept them all in check.

The Cougars finished with negative rushing yards and 224 passing yards, which isn’t terrible considering the second-team defense played the entire second half and Kellar threw the ball more than 40 times.

Abbott said he feels like his team is really clicking down the stretch.

“This group that we have, they’ve never won this many games,” he said. “I can’t say right now that we’re a lock for playoffs. You never know what will happen. but they’re hungry for the playoffs.”

Before they can get there, the Polar Bears have one more game, and it’s a big one. They are back in action next week against East Fairmont at East-West Stadium.

“It’s one of the oldest rivalries in the state — the best rivalry in the state,” Abbott said. “You can throw everything out the door when that happens.”

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

 

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