In high school sports, each year could be labeled as a rebuilding year as top players graduate and new ones emerge.
While Fairmont Senior isn’t ready to call their season a rebuilding one, they will have a new group of playmakers stepping in at a key position: wide receiver.
Last year, Fairmont Senior led an elite passing attack in the Big 10, featuring three of the top 10 receivers in the group. Neil Scherich caught 26 passes for 703 yards, Luke Hrapchak caught 24 passes for 372 yards and Ryder Skarzinksi caught 24 passes for 355 yards.
But this year, all three of those pass-catchers are gone, two of them signing to play collegiate football and the other signing to run track in college.
Now the Polar Bears turn to a younger group of receivers as it looks to have the same type of success, and then some, this season.
“The receiving corps right now is the strongest part of our team. It’ll help (quarterback) Dom (Smith) by them running the correct routes and knowing where they’re supposed to be,” Fairmont Senior coach J.L. Abbott said during his team’s three-week live period. “I think our seniors did a good job of leading. They left their mark.”
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