High School Football

Polar Bears earn rematch with Bluefield in Super Six

FAIRMONT, W.Va — Fairmont Senior outgained Weir 511-133 en route to a 59-0 win in a Class AA semifinal on Saturday.

The Polar Bears (13-0) advanced to the Super Six for the third consecutive season. Weir’s season ended at 10-3 with two losses coming at Fairmont Senior.

“In the back of your mind there is week-to-week focus, but this is what we want,” said Fairmont Senior coach Nick Bartic.

Fairmont Senior will face defending champion Bluefield (12-1) in Friday’s Class AA final at Wheeling Island Stadium.

“We are the No. 1 seed, but they are the champs,” Bartic said. “And they are the champs until we are the ones that knock them off. Hopefully, that’s what we can do on Friday night.”

Connor Neal etched his name in the Polar Bear record books once again, setting a new mark for passing yards in a single season. Neal has passed for 3,431 yards, eclipsing the previous mark set by Dominic Smith.

Neal completed 14-of-19 passes for 244 yards and connected with Cam Longwell on scoring tosses of 13, 62 and 21 yards. Neal was efficient throughout the first half, leading five touchdown drives in six possessions.

Breeden Gilbert rushed seven times for 85 yards and scored on a 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Rhett Heston capped a 38-point first half for the Polar Bears, scoring on a 19-yard run.

Gage Michael rushed for a touchdown, passed for another score to J.D. Smith and also intercepted a pass after Weir drove deep into Polar Bear territory late in the second quarter.

The Polar Bear defense limited one of the state’s premier running backs, Donovan Kirby to just 49 yards rushing.





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