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Bridgeport 28, Fairmont Senior 20

A pair of defensive touchdowns keyed the Bridgeport attack as the Indians played their way to Wheeling for the third consecutive year, defeating Fairmont Senior 28-20 in Friday's semifinal at Wayne Jamison Field.  BHS (12-0-1) will face #3 seed Tolsia next Friday night for the Class "AA" Championship.  FSHS' season ends at 10-3.

After 23 and a half minutes of scoreless football, Zach Spurlock scrambled to find Dylan Tonkery for a 51 yard touchdown reception with eight seconds left in the first half to take a 7-0 lead into the locker toom.  The Indians doubled their lead with a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown by Luke Southern in the third quarter.

However, Fairmont Senior battled back as Dominic Smith tossed touchdown passes to Bryson Gilbert and Nick Davisson to level the score at 14 through 3.

Bridgeport took the lead back 38 seconds into the fourth quarter as Tonkery scored from five yards out.  Elijah Drummond rebuilt the 2-touchdown lead for BHS with an interception return for a touchdown midway through the fourth to effectively seal the game. 

Smith passed for 302 yards and three scores in the losing effort.  Joseph Leon caught seven passes for 112 yards.  Tonkery paced the BHS rushing attack with 109 yards on seventeen carries.


State Semifinals Schedule

Class "AAA":
(4)Capital at (1)Cabell Midland - Saturday, 1:30
(3)Wheeling Park 35, (2)Point Pleasant 14

Class "AA":
(1)Bridgeport 28, (4)Fairmont Senior 20
(3)Tolsia 22, (7)Mingo Central 0

Class "A":
(4)Moorefied at (1)Magnolia - Saturday, 1:30
(11)Saint Marys at (2)East Hardy - Saturday, 7:30 


Student Athlete of the Week: Dominic Smith

(Interviews with J.L. Abbott and Dominic Smith)

The day was Friday November 15th, 2013... Fairmont Senior defeated Keyser
in the first round of the Class "AA" state playoffs 49-28, but in doing so
lost starting signal caller Austin Norman late in the game with a
season-ending ankle injury. The following week Dominic Smith started his
first career game at quarterback in Bridgeport. Smith and the Polar Bears
were held off of the scoreboard, but a young star got his first taste and
found his calling.

And what you see now is not only one of the best quarterbacks in the
Mountain State, but one of the best to ever don a Polar Bear on his
helmet. Smith's 3,048 yards and 34 touchdowns through the air this year
are better than any QB who's ever suited up at FSHS. He ranks in the top 3
in career completions, yards and scores.

The obvious trait that catches one's eye is Smith's size. At 5'10', 160
pounds you wouldn't expect the cannon of an arm he possesses when rolling
out of the pocket. But his offseason work on the track and multiple stops
at collegiate recruiting camps added certain attributes to his natural

Despite his MVP status and already spectacular ending road to his high
school career, Smith has yet to receive an athletic scholarship offer from
a university of any level. He hopes an upset this Friday night will change
that and propel him even higher in Senior's record books. 


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