High school football isn’t the NFL.
Coaches don’t get the luxury of having guys for 10 or 15 seasons. At best, they’ll have a great player for four years.
Replacing key seniors is always a difficult task, but Marion County teams may have an easier go at it next season after each had an underclassman step up during the 2013 season.
When the season started for East Fairmont, a new quarterback took hold of the reins.
Jake Delaney, a junior, stepped in for injured Ronnie Mills, who moved to receiver. Delaney admitted that his arm wasn’t very strong to start the season, but he and his coach Bill Haddox agreed that he’s improved greatly.
“He got better as the season progressed,” Haddox said of his quarterback.
That statement couldn’t be any more true.
Delaney started the season with an 8-for-14 203-yard performance to lead the Bees over Liberty in overtime. Delaney threw two touchdowns in the game, the game-tying and game-winning scores. Forty-eight of those yards came from those two touchdown throws.
The 6-foot, 165-pound signal caller would go on to close out the season completing 131-of-224 passes, throwing for 1,890 yards and 19 touchdowns.
At the beginning of the year, the Bees struggled to get points on the board, especially after losing key players to injuries and other things.
“He played young at times,” Haddox said. “He did some good, then some bad, then some good again.”
But Delaney provided some momentum about midway through the season, throwing for five touchdowns on two occasions, one in a loss to Preston and one in a victory over, at the time, No. 14 Philip Barbour.
“When Jake is on, we can put points on the board,” said Haddox.
The Bees proved that by scoring more than 20 points in all but four games this season.
High school football isn’t the NFL.
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Polar Bear tennis sweeps East: PHOTOS
Last week East Fairmont’s girls’ tennis team beat Fairmont Senior, 4-3.
Wednesday at Fairmont State University, the Polar Bears returned the favor with a 5-2 win over their cross-town rival.
Alissa Link won No. 1 singles, 8-4. Morgan Hoke won No. 3 singles, 9-7. And Avery Towns won No. 4 singles, 8-5, for the Polar Bears.
Hillberry commits to Wesleyan
Last year Emma Harrison and Kaitlyn Conaway teamed up with Alexis Hillberry to win several relay medals at the state track meet.
Though the two West Virginia Wesleyan runners are now in college, they helped to pass the baton to Hillberry Wednesday when she signed her National Letter of Intent to join her former teammates on the Bobcats’ track team.
North, East softball earn blowout wins
The North Marion softball team was at it again Wednesday night.
Mattie Polling tripled and singled, starting pitcher Chelsi Latocha doubled and gave up just one hit as the Huskies rolled to another 3-inning mercy-rule victory over Lewis County, 18-1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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