Colts coast to fifth win, 41-14

The Inter-Mountain file photos by Tony Baisi Philip Barbour junior quarterback Damien Gonzales, shown here in a game earlier this season, helped lead the Colts to an impressive win over East Fairmont Friday.

FAIRMONT — Philip Barbour scored the game’s first points on the final play of the first quarter Friday, but by halftime were ahead of East Fairmont 35-7 in a Class AA Big 10 Conference matchup at East-West Stadium.

Fairmont East put together another drive with sophomore quarterback Dominick Postlethwait finding senior Jaden Juroski for a score early in the third to cut the deficit to 35-14. The visitors, however, walked away with a 41-14 win to improve to 5-2 and insure that PBHS will not have a losing record in 2017.

“We tried to stay simple with a couple things they hadn’t seen, and I think that kind of put a little wrinkle in there for them,” PBHS coach Russ Collett said. “Because it was simple, we were as aggressive as we can be, and we just read well and did what we were taught.

“Good things happened defensively, and offensively we weren’t concerned about making big plays. We just got 3 and 4 yards at a time and kept the football away from them. The boys executed really well,” he said. “We’re going to rest up and heal up with an off week coming up, and get ready to go against a talented Lewis County squad a couple weeks from now.”

The Philip Barbour offensive line set up a grinding first scoring drive as Chase Collier plunged in from 4 yards out after Hunter Mason picked up the first of his several churning runs for first downs to keep PB on the move throughout the contest.

PBHS senior Hunter Gainer carries the ball in a game earlier this season.

Collier went back on defense, and returned a fumble for a score early in the second quarter. Collier then ran it in on offense from 11 yards out to help PB be up 21-0. Midway through the second period, sophomore Will Knight took a 4-yard interception return past the pylons to increase Philip Barbour’s lead to 28-0.

After the Bees were whistled for a facemask tackle of Collier, Damien Gonzales found a wide-open Noah Matlick for a 35-0 advantage.

Late in the third, Philip Barbour’s defense kept the heat on, forcing a Fairmont fumble near the Bee’s own goal line, and Matthew McCoy scooped it up and took the pigskin into pay dirt real estate to make it 41-14 just before the fourth quarter got underway. Christopher Volberg went 4 of 5 on point-after kicks for the Colts.

Midway through the fourth, as the Bees heaved up a deep ball, PB defensive back Kiyan Bartlett jumped up for an interception at the Colts’ 5-yard line to spoil last-ditch efforts by East Fairmont.

Collier came into the contest with 942 yards rushing and 8 TDs, and is now over the 1,000-yards rushing mark with 11 scores to boot on the season.

Philip Barbour will take a week off and return to action at Lewis County High School Oct. 20 for a Big 10 contest against the Minutemen.