The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

July 7, 2013

Fairmont Senior’s Harmon hopes for dominating season

FAIRMONT — Playing for the royal blue and white is a privilege. It’s something that some may take for granted — for others it’s a way of life.

Looking back at the former Polar Bear greats from the past in the running back category, there were many outstanding running backs — from names like Bill Leskovar, Mike Joseph, Rick Toothman, Roy Sumlin — the list goes on and on.

But what all of these guys accomplished was the ability to lower their shoulder and pick up that one extra yard. To keep their legs chopping through their defender and get a first down.

The tradition started back in 1946 when it was Victory of Clarksburg and Fairmont Senior going head-to-head for a state championship. Both teams were undefeated, but FSHS had an X-Factor. The Polar Bears featured a pair of running backs that were ranked in the state — Leskovar and Harry “Jim” Priester.

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