The Times West Virginian

October 12, 2013

Fairmont Senior drops second straight


Times West Virginian

FRANKFORT — Fairmont Senior entered Friday’s contest at Frankfort looking for a bounce-back win after losing its first game of the season last week at Bridgeport.

But as the dark clouds above the stadium tossed water droplets onto the rain-soaked field, the Polar Bears’ slide continued.

Fairmont Senior was handed its second straight loss Friday night at Frankfort, 21-6.

“We didn’t adapt well to the conditions,” Fairmont Senior coach J.L. Abbott said. “We let things out of our control dictate how we played.”

The Polar Bears (4-2) scored the first touchdown of the game. But the Falcons (6-0) responded by scoring the next three touchdowns to preserve their perfect season.

Frankfort running back Noah Bible scored two of the three Falcons touchdowns. Noah Harmon scored the Polar Bears’ lone touchdown on a 13-yard scamper.

Frankfort took the opening kickoff and marched into the red zone in a time-consuming drive. But the Polar Bears came up with a key defensive stop to keep the Falcons off the board. The stand was one of three times in the first half that the Polar Bears halted drives in the red zone, including two goal-to-go situations.

Frankfort was able to produce one score out of its four red-zone drives and went to the locker room at the half leading by a single point, 7-6.

In the second half, Fairmont Senior’s offense struggled to get on track. Both of the Polar Bears’ third-quarter drives ended in three-and-outs.

The Falcons, meanwhile, continued to use time-consuming drives to their advantage. The only difference from the first half was they ended in the end zone instead of stalled at the goal line.

The Polar Bears started the season a perfect 4-0. They outscored opponents 193-46 during the run. In the two losses since, Fairmont Senior has produced just 20 points while allowing Bridgeport and Frankfort to score 58.

The game wrapped up a four-game road swing for the Polar Bears in which they went 2-2. They will return to East-West Stadium next week to host Braxton.

“We will bounce back by coming back on Monday and working our tails off, everyone from the freshmen to the seniors to the coaches,” Abbott said. “We’re all in this thing together. One player didn’t lose it; we all lost. Not one player will bring us out of it.”