FAIRMONT, W.Va. — In their new single-wing offense, Bridgeport has racked up 107 points in their first two games of the season. The Indians outscored Fairmont Senior 30-19 in the final three quarters to defeat the Polar Bears 44-33 at East-West Stadium.
“The game was won on the line of scrimmage,” said Bridgeport head coach John Cole. “That’s always been really big, especially the last couple years we have played this team. I think we did pretty good on the line of scrimmage for the most part. All the credit goes to our kids.
“Coach (Tyler) Phares, our offensive coordinator had a great plan. Coach (Adam) King on defense did a great job tonight.”
Fairmont Senior opened the scoring on a Kieshawn Cottingham eight-yard touchdown run on their opening possession. Bridgeport immediately answered with touchdown totes from Cam Cole (35 yards) and Hayden Moore (46 yards). A 13-yard scoring run from Gage Michael evened the score at 14-14 at the end of one quarter.
Germaine Lewis’ 65-yard punt return for a score gave the Polar Bears a 20-14 lead early in the second quarter. But the Indians would score the next 23 points. Touchdown runs from Cole and J.D. Love and a Taylor Thomas field goal gave Bridgeport a 30-20 lead at halftime.
The Indians found the end zone again on their opening possession of the third quarter. On 4th-and-4, Cole found Moore in on a 22-yard touchdown toss, giving BHS a 37-20 lead. They would hold a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Cole led the Bridgeport rushing attack with 132 yards.
Michael, a Kent State commit, tossed a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score.
“He’s a player,” Cole said. “Our defensive line thought coming in we would see a lot of passing out of him. We thought that our box could do decent against the run. We did definitely a lot better compared to last year. But he is a heck of a player.
“I am now a fan of Gage Michael. Same thing I said last year to (Zach) Frazier, when he graduated.”
Fairmont Senior had won the previous four games in this rivalry, dating back to the 2016 Class AA semifinal game.
“This year, I think the lines were a little more even. I think that was the difference in the game. It sort of made them one-dimensional.”