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October 11, 2013

Area teams kick off week seven

FAIRMONT — Last week it was one thing after another for Fairmont Senior.

First a botched snap. Then a missed field goal. Several strong carries from running back Anthony Bonamico and a few more missed assignments later, Fairmont Senior was dealt its first loss of the season, a 37-14 defeat at Bridgeport.

“Things just snowballed,” Fairmont Senior coach J.L. Abbott said.

This Friday, the Polar Bears (4-1; 4-1 Big 10) will try to keep that snowball from rolling out of control when they travel to Frankfort for a 7:30 p.m. game.

While the blowout loss to a Big 10 opponent stings, the Polar Bears have no time to lick their wounds. They will be tested yet again as they close out a four-game road stand against a formidable Frankfort (5-0) foe.

“(The Bridgeport) game is behind us,” quarterback Austin Norman said. “We’ve got to forget about it and get ready to roll.”

The Polar Bears have numerous shortcomings to forget.

Last week, the Polar Bear defense uncharacteristically surrendered 37 points. Through the first four games of the season, the unit had only allowed 46 combined points, many of which came with the junior varsity closing out blowout victories.

Fairmont Senior will have to get the defense back on track quickly. Unbeaten Frankfort has outscored opponents by a combined margin of 216-82.

The Polar Bears will also be looking to get their running game going again. Noah Harmon was averaging 183 yards per game coming into last Friday’s matchup with Bridgeport, but the Indians limited him to just 56 yards on 15 carries.

More than anything, though, tonight’s game will test Fairmont Senior’s toughness and ability to respond to adversity.

Abbott said his team will be ready to bounce back.

“Our kids are tough,” Abbott said. “We’ll come back and we’ll be ready to go for Frankfort.”

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