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High School Football Roundup: Fairmont Senior stuns Spring Valley; Poca rebounds



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Fairmont Senior quarterback Gage Michael, a Kent State commit, accounted for four touchdowns Friday as the Class AA Polar Bears upset Class AAA No. 2 Spring Valley 27-18 at East-West Stadium in Fairmont.

Michael, a senior, ran for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries while also passing for 109 yards and two more touchdowns.

“[Michael] is a special player,” Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess told “He’s one of the best, if not the best, in the state.

“I think he’s probably the best quarterback in the state. When a kid’s that talented he does some stuff he can make you look stupid. He made us look stupid on some things. They deserved everything they got tonight.”

The turning point of Friday’s upset win for the Polar Bears came just after halftime. Fairmont Senior scored late in the second quarter to take a 14-12 lead into the break, then Michael took the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter 75 yards for a touchdown. Spring Valley fumbled the kickoff that followed, which Fairmont Senior recovered.

“They scored quick and then we muffed the kickoff,” Dingess said. “Then all of a sudden we’re down two scores. They way our team’s built – and I don’t care who we’re playing – it’s tough for us to come back.”


The Dots bounced back from a lopsided loss last week with an emphatic win of their own on the road at Putnam County rival Winfield.

Senior Ethan Payne, a Marshall commit and the 2019 Kennedy Award winner as the top high school football player in West Virginia, led the way for Poca with 254 all-purpose yards to go with two rushing touchdowns and one touchdown reception.


Point needed a win to stay in good shape for the Class AA state playoffs, and it got one thanks in large part to 28 first-half points against the visiting Golden Tornado.


The Red Devils moved to 2-0 this season after digging out of an early 10-0 hole against the Spartans en route to the win. Oak Hill scored the game’s final two touchdowns, including a short run for the eventual game-winner by Te-amo Shelton.


Senior fullback Jakob Caudill ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns as Midland held off their neighbors from Putnam County on Friday. Knights’ senior quarterback Jaydyn Johnson also had two rushing touchdowns — finishing the win against Hurricane with 108 yards on the ground. As a team, Midland ran for 315 yards.


In the first-ever meeting between Randloph County’s two football playing high schools, the Tigers stormed back from a 21-7 deficit to score the win at Bulldog Field. As a team, Elkins amassed 507 yards of total offense while T.J. Guire ran for 138 yards and two scores to help hand Tygarts Valley its first loss of the season.


Kevon Warren threw for two touchdowns and ran for another while fellow Bulldog Peyton Curry tossed three touchdown passes as Martinsburg blasted Eastern Panhandle rival Spring Mills on Friday.


Noah Brown accounted for four rushing touchdowns and the Cavaliers became the state’s first 6-0 team of 2020.


Miss any of Friday’s West Virginia high school football action? Check the WVSN scoreboard for all of Friday’s final scores.

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Tom has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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