The Times West Virginian

October 9, 2013

Key moments changed Friday’s outcomes

By Mike DeFabo and Matt Welch
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Polar Bears’ perfect season came down to one series Friday night.

That may sound like a crazy statement. After all, in a 23-point loss at Bridgeport, one could point to about a dozen possessions where Fairmont Senior stumbled on offense or the defense failed to stop running back Anthony Bonamico, who ran for 275 yards and three touchdowns.

But before all that — the touchdowns, the offensive shortcomings and the 37-14 final score — Fairmont Senior and Bridgeport were knotted in a scoreless tie after one quarter. The game was turning out to be just the kind of nail-biter Fairmont Senior’s No. 1 ranking and Bridgeport’s No. 5 ranking coming into the contest suggested.

At that point, Fairmont Senior coach J.L. Abbott liked his chances.

“I’d have been satisfied 0-0, 14-14, 7-7,” he said after the game. “Just as long as you’re playing even with them.”

After a pause, he added: “We really wanted to be ahead of them.”

The Polar Bears were poised to do just that when the pivotal series occurred.


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