Second-half rally falls short for Colts at East Fairmont

The Inter-Mountain file photo Will Knight, left, had 164 yards rushing and a score in Philip Barbour’s 24-20 setback at East Fairmont on Friday, while quarterback Ethan Floyd, right, added 31 yards on the ground and a TD run.

FAIRMONT — Philip Barbour suffered a 24-20 setback to Big 10 Conference foe East Fairmont Friday night for homecoming at East-West Stadium.

“We ended up falling behind (17-0) and then started having a little more confidence and started playing hard,” PB coach Russ Collett said. “When everybody started playing harder and we played some pretty good defense, we gave ourselves a chance.”

Trailing 17-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Colts cut the deficit to 17-7 on freshman quarterback Ethan Floyd’s 1-yard run early into the second quarter.

An interception by Will Knight in the third quarter then led to a 7-yard run by Nate Finley with 7 minutes left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 17-14.

A 2-yard pass from Dom Postlewait to Adam Earls allowed the Bees to regain a 24-14 cushion with 7 minutes left in the game.

The Colts answered again on Knight’s 2-yard score with 1:16 left to conclude the scoring.

The PB offense had a season-best point total, paced by Knight with 164 yards and a touchdown off 30 carries. Floyd picked up 31 yards and a score on six attempts.

Jesiah Matlick also returned an East Fairmont kickoff 89 yards to set up Floyd’s TD run.

Freshman Deshawn Webster continued to emerge by leading the Colt defense with 11 tackles, while Knight and Lucas Howe hauled in interceptions.

A 30-yard field goal by Aiden Slusser, a TD pass from Postlewait to Slusser and Postlewait’s 6-yard score allowed East Fairmont (3-3) to take the early 17-0 lead.

Philip Barbour (0-7) will be idle on Friday before returning to Big 10 action in Rachel on Oct. 25 to face Class AA, No. 12 North Marion.