MORGANTOWN — It was an exciting sport in favor of the College Excessive soccer crew per week in the past, as John Coleman cut up the uprights as time expired to beat Wheeling Park on the street.
Per week later, Fairmont Senior pulled the late-game heroics, as Cannon Dinger snatched an interception in his personal finish zone on the ultimate play of the sport to guide the Polar Bears to a 27-23 victory over the Hawks at Mylan Prescription drugs Stadium.
“Final week, we gained an incredible highschool soccer sport, and this week, we misplaced an incredible highschool soccer sport,” UHS head coach John Kelley mentioned. “It’s a disgrace we needed to lose that one.”
It was a back-and-forth second half after each groups have been held in test by means of the primary two quarters. The Polar Bears (4-1) held a 7-3 lead heading into the locker room, however pricey errors offensively prevented factors on both sides.
FSHS fumbled away what appeared to be a protracted landing on their first drive, as Cannon Dinger was stripped after a protracted move play, and it was recovered by UHS’s John Coleman.
Later, FSHS quarterback Jordan Whitehair threw an interception deep in his personal territory, however that is the place the Hawks (2-3) struggled within the first half.
That they had it contained in the Polar Bears’ 10-yard line twice, however solely got here away with three factors.
The errors continued for FSHS within the second half as Whitehair threw one other interception over the center, this time by Kylan Blunt, who returned it 19 yards for a landing.
UHS lastly took the lead on their subsequent possession, however quarterback Luke Hudson took the ball all the best way to the 1-yard line earlier than fumbling, however Johnny-on-the-spot but once more, Coleman recovered it ultimately zone for a rating.
“I believed our protection was terrific all night time and I believed our offense was sporadically good,” Kelley mentioned.
Nevertheless, FSHS operating again Damani Johnson started to insert himself into the sport, scoring two touchdowns within the second half, embody a 27-yard scamper for the go-ahead TD with lower than a minute to go.
Earlier within the drive, the Polar Bears confronted a 4th and 12 that would have sealed the win for the Hawks, however Whitehair discovered Dylan Ours on the sideline for a 16-yard completion to maneuver the chains.
On the ultimate, thrilling possession for UHS, two move interference penalties places the Hawks in place on the FSHS 11-yard line, however Dinger sealed it along with his decide.
Whitehair completed with 224 yards passing, with Dinger on the receiving finish of 76 of these.
Johnson completed with 76 yards on the bottom alongside along with his two touchdowns.
For UHS, Hudson threw for 176 yards and a landing to Coleman, whereas additionally main the crew in dashing with 51 yards.
“They’re battling and so they’re doing the most effective they will,” Kelley mentioned. “We’ve bought one subsequent week that we must always win, on paper. I’m upset we misplaced and the way we misplaced, however on the similar time, this was an incredible sport.”
Fairmont Senior 0 7 13 7–27
College 0 3 13 7–23
FS–Whitehair 1 run (Peschl kick)
UHS–Coleman 20 subject aim
FSHS–Michael 18 move from Whitehair (kick failed)
UHS–Kylan Blunt 19 interception return (conversion no good)
UHS–Coleman fumble restoration (Coleman kick)
FS–Johnson 14 run (Peschl kick)
UHS–Coleman 25 move from Hudson (Coleman kick)
FS–Johnson 27 run (Peschl kick)
RUSHING: Fairmont—Whitehair 15-14 TD; Johnson 16-76 2 TD; Wilson 2-6; Bigelow 1-4; Amos 1-(-3). UHS—Hudson 9-51; M. Lewis 8-46; Byrer 3-3; Kehler 4-2; Coleman 1-1 TD.
PASSING: Fairmont— Whitehair 17-30-2 224 TD. UHS— Hudson 13-32-1 176 TD.
RECEIVING: Fairmont— Dinger 4-76; Wilson 1-5; Michael 4-54 TD; Johnson 5-34; Ours 2-23; Watson 1-22. UHS— E. Jackson 6-82; Coleman 2-26 TD; M. Lewis 1-17; Garbart 1-8; Kehler 2-49; Ok. Lewis 1-5.