The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

October 30, 2013

County teams get wins by doing what they do best

FAIRMONT — East Fairmont, North Marion and Fairmont Senior each picked up a victory last week. It was the first time all season that all three county teams have won.

North Marion and Fairmont Senior picked up wins at home, while East Fairmont won on the road.

All three teams had one common thread in their victories. They each did one thing very well.

East Fairmont struggled in the first half against Grafton last Friday night. Quarterback Jake Delaney had thrown three interceptions and he and running back Scotty Shroyer had a mixup in the backfield that resulted in a fumble. All in all the Bees turned the ball over three times in the first half.

After being down by eight points at the half, coach Bill Haddox knew he had to change some things up.

That change came in the form of the Bees reverting to an offense that they hadn’t practiced in three weeks. The offense, a running one, featured Shroyer and running back Matt Hopwood. Delaney, who threw 11 passes in the first half, only threw two in the second half. Both of those were touchdowns.

But the real story of the second half is how efficient the Bees ran the ball.

“It was an offense that we were comfortable with,” Hopwood said. “I like that offense and was happy when we got the news that we were going to switch to it.”

Hopwood’s happiness shined through on the stat sheet as well.

Hopwood, who has been nursing a high ankle sprain, carried the ball 12 times for 74 yards in the victory.

“It felt healthy so I took advantage of that,” he said of the situation. “A game like that really lifts my spirits.”

The Bees found themselves trailing by five points with less than two minutes left, but the efficient offense was able to score on just two plays after a decent kick return.

“I was confident about it,” Hopwood said. “We’d been moving the ball the whole second half. I was confident we were going to get the win.”

The Bees finished with 172 yards on the ground and a 28-27 victory.

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