The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

October 30, 2013

County teams get wins by doing what they do best


FAIRMONT — North Marion stuck to its hardnosed style of play last Friday as they knocked off 14th-ranked Lincoln at home on Senior Night.

Running back Ryan Elliott said, “It was a big accomplishment.”

Elliott, who carried the ball 23 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns on the night, and the rest of the Huskies offense came out fast and executed their game plan well.

“Our line just stepped up their game,” Elliott said. “They had them on skates all night, so that was good for us.”

Overall, the Huskies racked up 211 yards on the ground. Austin Stanley contributed 76 to Elliott’s 102.

Another thing the Huskies are known for is their strong defense.

After welcoming in one of the top offenses in the Big 10 Conference, the Huskies were able to keep the Lincoln Cougars in check.

North Marion only allowed conference-leading quarterback Jared Kellar to throw for 161 yards in the game and secured a 23-14 victory.

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Fairmont Senior was able to establish its offense early and often against Buckhannon-Upshur.

The Polar Bears scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and quarterback Austin Norman threw four touchdowns in the first half.

“Us scoring early like that made us more confident and comfortable,” Norman said.

At the beginning of the season, coach J.L. Abbott said he wanted to see Norman be more efficient at passing.

Friday night, the senior threw 14 passes and completed 11 of them for 247 yards.

“That week of practice leading up to the game we worked on getting the ball out quick and I worked on my rhythm with the receivers.”

Norman had the pressure on his shoulders after running back Noah Harmon went down with a knee injury after racking up 75 yards on four carries, but felt confident in the other parts of the offense to get the job done.

“Harmon accounts for a lot of our offense, but everyone on our team can step up and help get the job done,” he said.

Fairmont Senior was indeed able to get the job done and cruised to a 49-7 victory.

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