FAIRMONT — The Bridgeport Indians will look to go out on top.
The No. 2 team in Class AA and the only Big 10 team left in the playoffs after No. 1 Fairmont Senior was upset last week will meet Bluefield for the state title Friday in Wheeling.
This will be the last year for the Indians in Class AA and they will move up to the state’s top classification for the 2020 season.
No. 4 Bluefield will be playing in its third-straight Class AA title game, splitting the last two with Fairmont Senior.
The Beavers advanced to the title game by upsetting the Polar Bears in the semifinals and breaking Fairmont Senior’s 26-game winning streak.
With only Bridgeport still active and chasing a Class AA title, it’s time to call some of the Big 10 races.
Robert C. Byrd’s Jeremiah King will finish as the Big 10’s top rusher.
King collected 2,033 yards on the ground this year and also is the conference leader with 24 rushing touchdowns.
Fairmont Senior’s Gage Michael finishes in second with 1,553 yards and 22 touchdowns and Lewis County’s Marshall Hobbs is third with 1,354 yards.
The race is still on for fourth as Liberty’s Seth McIntyre of currently holds the spot with 929 yards.
Bridgeport’s Carson Winkie is fifth with 923 yards and will likely overtake McIntyre after this weekend’s AA title game. Winkie also needs one rushing touchdown to tie Hobbs for third, whom he trails 16-15.
Fairmont Senior’s Michael will finish as the Big 10’s top passer.
Michael finishes his junior season with 2,390 yards through the air on 126-of-215 passing and also led the conference with 27 touchdown passes.
He edged North Marion’s Gunner Murphy who threw for 2,374 yards and 25 touchdowns.
East Fairmont’s Dom Postlewait was third in the conference with 1,511 yards and 13 scoring throws. Buckhannon’s Ryan Strader was fourth with 1,161 and Preston’s Trevor Thomas finished in fifth with 1,112 yards.
Fairmont Senior’s Cam Longwell is the conference’s top receiver.
Longwell finishes the 2019 campaign with 44 receptions, edging out the Marion County duo of North Marion’s Tariq Miller and East Fairmont’s Aiden Slusser who both had 41 catches,
North Marion’s Jahkari Mesidor is fourth with 33 receptions and Fairmont Senior’s Kayson Neely and Preston’s Colton Rosenberger are tied for fifth with 31 receptions each.
RCB’s King finished as the conference’s leading scorer with 152 points.
West’s Michael was second with 140 and his teammate Longwell is currently tied with Bridgeport’s Winkie with 108 points.
Fairmont Senior’s Frankie Smith came up one point short of becoming the third Polar Bear to crack 100 points on the season finishing up in fifth place with 99 points.
Smith is currently the Big 10’s leading kicker with 75 points. Bridgeport’s Austin Springer is second with 67 points with the AA title game remaining to try and catch Smith.
Smith also tied Lewis County’s Jared Griffith and East Fairmont’s Slusser for the conference lead in made field goals, all three have made four.