By Joey Kittle
PHILIPPI - Garrett Onderko's 4-yard run with 15 seconds left in regulation lifted East Fairmont to a 21-15 win over Class AA, No. 14 Philip Barbour Friday night in Big 10 Conference play at George Byrer Field.
Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle
East Fairmont’s Garrett Onderko runs the ball as Philip Barbour’s Trevor Humphrey moves in for the tackle.
The loss dropped the Colts to 5-5 and put a damper on their playoff hopes.
"We'll just have to wait and see what happens," Philip Barbour coach Curtis Bodkins said of his team's postseason hopes. "We're not in any position now to control our own destiny."
The Colts trailed 13-3 midway through the fourth quarter before scoring two touchdowns in an 11-second span.
Harley Davis scored on a 1-yard plunge that capped off a long drive and made it 13-9 with 5:38 remaining.
On the Bees' first play from scrimmage, Al Johnson scooped up a fumble and returned it 26 yards to give Philip Barbour a 15-13 cushion.
"We waited for a big play all night long and we got one with that return," Bodkins said. "We had the momentum on our side and just needed to make some plays on defense."
Philip Barbour appeared to get that big play when East running back Michael McCutchan was stopped for a loss. A face mask penalty negated the lost yardage, though, and gave the Bees a first down.
The visitors then drove the length of the field behind a patch-worked offensive unit.
"We had guys playing different positions on that drive because of injuries," East Fairmont coach Bill Haddox said. "We had confusion due to some communication issues but our guys responded."
A mixture of runs by senior Dillon Murphy, who was seeing his first significant action since being injured in the season opener, backup quarterback Jake Delaney and Onderko, along with a key fourth-and-one conversion by Luke Hrapchak, the Bees moved to the Colt 5-yard line to set up Onderko's game-winning score.
"We haven't caught many breaks this season," Haddox said. "So when they scored on that fumble return, it was like here we go again.
"But I was proud of how the kids fought back. That was a good team we beat tonight and coach Bodkins does a terrific job. His kids play hard, just like ours and fight to the end."
Philip Barbour took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Tyler Schiefelbein.
East Fairmont answered in the second quarter when Sam Swiger hit Onderko for a 27-yard score.
McCutchan added a 20-yard run in the third quarter.
"We came out flat in the first half and our blocking was never there," said Bodkins, whose team was outgained 343-235. "We got whipped up front and they really took it to us."
Onderko finished with 119 yards rushing for the winners, while Murphy added 71.
Quarterback Dillon Newman led the Colts with 80 yards on the ground. Davis chipped in with 64. Johnson collected three catches for 61 yards.
East Fairmont (3-6) ends the season next Friday against rival Fairmont Senior.