By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
It’s no secret that the Big 10 is a deep football conference, with four teams making the AA playoffs and one in AAA.
But within that deep conference, 20 Marion County players have received recognition on the All-Big 10 Conference team.
Headlining the selections as coach of the year and player of the year were Bridgeport coach Josh Nicewarner and running back Anthony Bonamico. Bridgeport went on to represent the Big 10 by winning the state championship this past weekend.
From Marion County, Fairmont Senior boasts five players on the first team — Noah Harmon (RB), Andrew Summers (OL), Vince Delligatti (DL), Luke Hrapchak (LB) and Ryder Skarzinski (Utility) — while both North Marion and East Fairmont landed one on the first team.
For the Polar Bears, all five selections came in the form of a senior player, something the team had plenty of this past season.
Harmon, who went down with an injury toward the end of the season, finished the season with 1,155 yards and 11 touchdowns on 103 carries, averaging 11.2 yards per carry for the year.
“At the time he got injured he was leading the Big 10 in rushing,” Fairmont Senior head coach J.L. Abbott said of the senior back. “We hated for him to end his senior year and his career at Fairmont Senior with an injury.”
Among the other running backs on the list were Lewis County’s Mark Metzger and Buckhannon’s Seth Cutwright. Metzger was named the offensive captain for the first team.
The Polar Bears’ offense seemed to run through Harmon during most games, as he was able to break big plays to put Fairmont Senior ahead early on most of their opponents.
“There were some games he got up to 200 or 150 yards,” Abbott said. “He was a workhouse.”
East Fairmont’s lone first-team selection came in the form of a wide receiver with Scotty Shroyer.
Shroyer finished second in the state with 61 catches. He tallied 823 yards and five scores through the air. He pounded out 432 yards on the ground also.
“He’s a heck of a ball player,” East Fairmont head coach Bill Haddox said of his all-around player earlier in the season. “He may not be the biggest, fastest or strongest player out there, but he has a lot of heart.”
The other ends on the team were Al Johnson of Philip Barbour and Dillon O’Dell of Lincoln.
Lincoln’s Ty Seibel was also chosen as the utility back for the first team.
Summers, a force on the Polar Bears’ offensive line, was among the five offensive linemen on the list.
“He’s done a real nice job for us,” Abbott said. “He definitely will have an opportunity to play at the next level. He really got it done.”
The other linemen included Tyler Morgan (Bridgeport), Justin Noble (Robert C. Byrd), Jordan Hall (Lewis) and Hunter Renquest (Bridgeport).
Rounding out the first-team offense was kicker Trey Short for Buckhannon-Upshur.
On the defensive side, Fairmont Senior saw three more selections.
Delligatti led the Polar Bears with six sacks on the season and was among the four defensive linemen chosen.
“He was a real clog force up the middle,” Abbott said of the senior nose guard. “He led us in sacks with six and he was probably one of the most positive aggressive kids on the team. He was always around the ball.”
Another one of those defensive forces up front was North Marion’s defensive end Quint Markley.
“I thought both of our ends were quality. (Markley) could play both sides,” North Marion coach Daran Hays said. “With not a lot of team speed, he was the guy who could prevent the big play.”
The other two defensive linemen chosen were Brandon Hartz of Bridgeport and Justin Lucas of Byrd.
At linebacker, Hrapchak was one of four players chosen.
The leader of the Polar Bears’ defense, Hrapchak seemed to be in on every tackle throughout the season.
“He and Vince were the middle of the defense. He did a lot of blitzing for us,” Abbott said. “He’s a really great kid and always all over the field. The middle of our defense was really tremendous this year.”
Rounding out the linebackers were Elias Grant (Byrd), Isaac Riggleman (Elkins) and Mitchell Winkie (Bridgeport).
Of the defensive backs — Alex Banko (Byrd), A.C. Caldera (Bridgeport, defensive captain), Skyler Carlton (Lewis) and Brandon Moneypenny (Lewis) — none were from Marion County.
Ryder Skarzinski did, however, receive the defensive utility selection.
“He did a real nice job in there with Luke and Vince,” Abbott said of the senior linebacker who played multiple defensive positions. “He could really play laterally.”
Rounding out the defensive side of the first team
was punter Mitchell Thrift of Preston.
Second team: Austin Norman (Fairmont Senior, QB), Juwan Jones-Wright (Byrd, RB), Josiah Nuse (Preston, RB), Austin Stanley (North Marion, RB), Chase Banker (North Marion, WR), Julian Malfregeot (Byrd, WR), Neil Scherich (Fairmont Senior, WR), Jake Delaney (East Fairmont, utility back), Zach Boles (Bridgeport, OL), Bub DeWitt (Preston, OL), Tyler Gump, (Lewis, OL), Jared Harr (East Fairmont, OL), Caleb Riggleman (Elkins, OL), Emily Knight (Lincoln, K), DeQuan Hilson (Fairmont Senior, DL), Matt Norman (Lewis, DL), Tyler Pifer (Elkins, DL), J.J, Rogers (North Marion, DL), Tyler Arnett (North Marion, LB), Ross Harvey (Lewis, LB), Phil Petrulak (BU, LB), Logan Robey (Liberty, LB), Malik Boddy (Fairmont Senior, DB), Ryan Elliott (North Marion, DB), Dylan Johnson (PB, DB), Ronnie Mills (East Fairmont, DB), Colton Bonnett (Byrd, defensive utility), Dylan Leary, (North Marion, P).
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