If a shot in the arm is what Morgantown’s football team was looking for Friday, well, the Mohigans got exactly that.

The day got off to a good start when Morgantown learned it was no longer 0-2, but rather 1-1.

This happened following a report that Martinsburg had an ineligible player on its team and, therefore, had to forfeit its opening two victories, including the Bulldogs’ 29-3 rout of the Mohigans in Week 1.

Then to top things off, Morgantown went out and earned its “first” official win with a thrilling 20-14 overtime victory at West Fairmont Friday night.

“I don’t know if anyone else has won twice in one (day), but my heart still goes out to Coach (Dave) Walker and those football players and that school and that staff,” Morgantown head coach John Bowers said. “That’s a terrible way to have to lose a game. It did work in our favor. They did self report it.”

So the Mohigans went from 0-2 to 2-1 in the span of 24 hours.

“If we don’t end up getting that win, that would be fine because my heart sure does go out to Martinsburg,” Bowers added. “At the same time, if it has to be that way, we’ll sure take it because Martinsburg is going to win the rest of its games, I figure. And that will be a lot of bonus points.”

Junior quarterback Ben Miller had a lot to do with Morgantown’s win on the field inside East-West Stadium.

When Miller wasn’t being harassed by Polar Bear defenders Brian Wagner, Bregan Besedich, Jeremy Ammons or Remington Skarzinski — to name a few — he was able to complete passes.

But when Morgantown wasn’t throwing, it was simply running the ball with five different players as each gained at least 25 yards — Jeff Allen (54), Klayton Farley (38), Ian Locust (31), Daniel Strosnider (28) and Anthony Vecchio (25).

Then Miller added a pair of touchdown sneaks after his stable of running backs put Morgantown in position to score.

Following the Polar Bears’ comeback, scoring 14 unanswered points over the final 15 minutes of regulation, the Mohigans had the last laugh.

“Give Fairmont Senior all the credit in the world. They persevered. I think it was just our night, and my goodness we were due after everything that’s happened to us this year,” Bowers said. “I’m just tickled to death with these kids. I was afraid we were going to find a way to lose it, but they came out and found a way to win. They never quit playing, even when they had the ball ahead of us.”

That’s because Miller and Co. would not allow another loss.

Morgantown marched down the field in five plays, covering 79 yards in a swift 42.5 seconds to force overtime

That’s when West made its one and only mistake of the game — and it was a big one — in the form of an interception on its first series.

Two rushes later, Miller plunged in from two yards out, sending the Mohigans into a mass celebration as if the weight of the world was lifted off their shoulders.

“The momentum is huge,” Miller said. “We just have to keep trying to win a game every week.”

And that next game is against another Marion County opponent as Morgantown entertains East Fairmont at Pony Lewis Field.

The only question the Mohigans must answer now is, how will they respond after an emotional win?

E-mail Andrew Manzo at dmanzo@timeswv.com.

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