MATEWAN, W.Va. — Class AA No. 4 Fairmont Senior turned the tables on No. 1 Mingo Central in Saturday’s semifinal matchup, beating the defending state champion Miners 35-6.
The win avenged last year’s 25-point loss to Mingo Central in the Class AA title game.
Fairmont Senior (12-1) limited Mingo Central quarterback Jeremy Dillon to just 17-of-33 passing for 147 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Dillon ran for 110 yards and a score for the Miners (12-1).
Polar Bears quarterback Connor Neal threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-17 passing, while Bryson Gilbert added 112 rushing yards on 17 carries. Caleb Walker caught one touchdown and ran for two more.
Gilbert collected a 65-yard pick-six in the third quarter, giving the Polar Bears complete control, 20-6.
Fairmont Senior added two more scores in the fourth quarter, blowing the game open
Fairmont Senior will face undefeated and No. 2 Bluefield on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. from Wheeling Island Stadium for the Class AA title.
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