The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

September 27, 2013

FSHS, North travel; East plays first home game

FAIRMONT — The three Marion County teams have their work cut out for them this week in different ways.

East Fairmont will welcome Bridgeport and its high-powered offense into town. Fairmont Senior will travel to take on Elkins and its ground-and-pound style of offense. And North Marion will take on Preston, which will have some steam heading into the game, on the road. Kickoffs will be at 7:30 p.m.

East Fairmont had trouble in past weeks when it has come to stopping the run.

Coach Bill Haddox said that he’ll continue to stick with his defense and continue to coach his guys up on the simple things.

“We’re not the biggest, strongest or fastest team,” he said. “We’re trying to keep things simple and limit the mistakes.”

Last week, Haddox’s defense gave up 224 yards to one running back. This week, Bridgeport will use both its running backs and quarterback to pick up yards.

“They do a pretty good job,” Haddox said of Bridgeport’s running game. “We’ll try to give them a couple different looks.”

Offensively, East Fairmont is still trying to find its rhythm.

“We just didn’t execute,” said Haddox of last week’s performance.

This week, quarterback Jake Delaney will be looking to connect better with his receivers as the East Fairmont team looks to get back into the win column.

Fairmont Senior, which will travel to take on Elkins, will have its hands full on the defensive side of the ball.

Elkins, who runs a basic single-wing run package, is one of the top rushing teams in the Big 10.

Fairmont Senior coach J.L. Abbott talked a bit about his defensive plan, but said that his team will only change the necessary assignments on defense.

“We might change up the fronts,” he said. “We coached them up for gap control and things like that.”

Elkins uses both its running back and quarterback to establish their run game and very rarely throws the ball. The Tigers oftentimes line up in different run packages and can snap the ball to a number of different players.

Abbott said that his team will have to stay focused defensively.

“We’ll just have to keep our guys focused. It’ll be a tough job Friday,” said Abbott. “They’re excited to go down there after being off for what feels like a month.”

Offensively, Fairmont Senior has started to really click.

Running back Noah Harmon has been one of the conference’s top rushing forces, but now quarterback Austin Norman is coming on in every facet of the game.

“The run game has really opened things up for Austin. He seems to feel well,” Abbott said. “He’s starting to settle down and get some confidence.”

North Marion, which will travel to take on Preston, will also have a tough match on their hands.

Neither team stands out in terms of record, but Preston is coming off of its first victory of 2013 and has a bit of momentum.

North Marion’s defense will have to stop a quarterback who is second in the Big 10 in passing, but who turns the ball over quite frequently.

Earlier in the season, North Marion coach Daran Hays said that his team needs to limit the big plays. That same statement will ring true Friday as the Huskies attempt to stop Preston’s passing attack.

“That’s been the story of our life,” Hays said earlier this season in regards to the big-play threat of his opponents.

Offensively, it seems to be one thing after another for the Huskies, who will now be without reserve quarterback and starting wide receiver, Chase Banker.

Quarterback Drew Harker, who had a rough first outing last week, will look to rebound and lead the Huskies to their first victory of the season.

“We’ve fought through a lot. Not just illnesses,” Harker said last week before his return to the field.

Email Matt Welch at or follow him on Twitter @MattWelch_TWV.

Text Only
Prep Sports
  • FSHS #32, 29-BU #15-TS.jpg Cousins Sansalone, Craig lead Polar Bears past B-U: PHOTOS

    They say you don’t mess with family. Buckhannon-Upshur found that one out the hard way.

    April 23, 2014 7 Photos

  • Gabbi Mascaro Signing -md.jpg Mascaro signs with FSU

    Gabi Mascaro is staying in Fairmont.
    After considering several out-of-state colleges, the Fairmont Senior soccer standout signed her National Letter of Intent Tuesday to continue her career at Fairmont State University, an upstart program which will play its first games in 2015.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • EF # 5 BP #23 MW.JPG Slow start spoils Bees’ upset bid: PHOTOS

    Fresh off a fairly successful trip to Myrtle Beach, the East Fairmont baseball team was looking to gain some respect in its own state by toppling No. 4 Bridgeport on the road. Instead, the Bees came home with an 8-3 loss after a slow start spoiled their upset bid.

    April 22, 2014 6 Photos

  • Brooks’ one-hitter powers Huskies past Cougars

    North Marion’s Skyler Brooks threw a one-hitter, Travis Smith hit a 3-run home run and the Huskies downed Lincoln, 13-1, Monday night.

    April 22, 2014

  • NMHS #5 PITCH -TS.jpg Latocha dominant in circle for North

    It’s common knowledge that you don’t talk about a no-hitter while it’s in progress or you might jynx the pitcher.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NMHS #28 PITCH -TS.jpg Pitching pushes North past Monarchs in game two of doubleheader: PHOTOS

    North Marion coach Vic Seccuro wanted to send a message to his team, telling them to focus, bear down and grit out a victory.
    After falling 13-8 to Braxton County in game one of a Saturday doubleheader, the Huskies bounced back to beat John Marshall, 4-2, Saturday at North Marion High School.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • EFHS #21-OG #11-TS.jpg Bees split with Oak Glen on Senior Day: PHOTOS

    Twice on Saturday the East Fairmont softball team found itself leading Oak Glen 3-1 in the seventh inning.
    The situation was the same in both games of the doubleheader. The way the Bees’ handled it, though, was quiet different.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • NMHS #14, 21-RC #14-TS.jpg Lady Huskies fall to Ritchie County late, 5-4: PHOTOS

    It couldn’t have happened the way it did even if No. 6 Ritchie County had drawn it up.
    The bases were loaded. There were no outs. And by a swing of bad luck a fly ball was dropped in the outfield as two runs came across to score, propelling the Rebels to a 5-4 win over No. 9 North Marion in the final game of the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School Saturday.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • NMHS #14 hit.jpg North Marion goes 2-for-2; Fairmont Senior 0-for-2 in tournament

    A day after an 11-0 mercy-rule victory at Philip Barbour, the North Marion Huskies were at it again.
    Chelsi Latocha threw three no-hit innings, Shelby King drove in five runs in the first inning and the Huskies rolled to a 20-0 victory over the winless Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School.

    April 19, 2014 6 Photos

  • Tori Postlewait front.jpg East’s Postlewait, North’s Latocha toss no-hitters

    Tori Postlewait made a deal with her great-uncle, Kenny Carpenter, before her freshman season.
    If the Bees’ pitcher tossed a no-hitter, Carpenter promised to give her $20.
    Well, it took four years, but it’s finally time for Postlewait’s great-uncle to pay up.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

Featured Ads
Prep Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos