By Mike DeFabo and Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
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.