Elkins and Fairmont Senior are at polar opposite ends of the high school football spectrum this season, and it was all Polar Bears Friday night as they rolled to a 48-13 victory to spoil Senior Night for still winless Elkins.
Fairmont, 4-0 and ranked atop the Class AA standings heading into the game, scored on the second play of the game when Austin Norman found Neil Scherich 47 yards downfield for a touchdown pass, the first of two Norman would toss in the opening half.
Norman would throw for 235 yards in the first half, completing 15 of 19 passes to six different receivers.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Elkins High’s Garrett Riggleman attempts to find some running room against Fairmont Senior Friday night at Wimer Field.
Scherich used his feet a few minutes later to add to the Polar Bears' lead, reaching the end zone untouched from four yards out.
Noah Harmon broke several tackles over the course of a 13-yard run, which culminated in another Fairmont score in the first quarter. Harmon played only the first half, but still managed to run for 130 yards on just 11 carries, mostly breaking tackle after tackle on runs between the tackles.
"Man, what a football player," Elkins coach Greg Hott said of the Fairmont runner. "He's not very big, but he's got a big heart."
Fairmont continued to rack up the points in the second quarter, again scoring three times. Luke Hrapchak pulled down a 16-yard pass from Norman. He led all Fairmont receivers with five catches for 99 yards.
A few seconds later, Fairmont defensive lineman Vincent Delligatti scooped up a fumbled football and found pay dirt. Ryder Skarzinski added