With the playoffs a huge longshot at best for 3-4 Fairmont Senior, that’s what Marion County’s three football teams are thinking heading into the stretch run of the regular season.
It continues tonight when East Fairmont hosts Elkins, while Fairmont Senior visits Grafton and North Marion heads to Shinnston to face off with Lincoln.
Here’s a look at today’s games:
• Elkins at East Fairmont
Season record: Elkins 6-2; East Fairmont 2-5
Key players: Elkins — L.J. Lawrence, RB; Clayton Collett, RB; Nick Martin, QB. East Fairmont — Luke Hrapchak, RB/LB; Chris Leonard, OL/DE; Garrett Onderko, RB/LB.
Game notes: The Bees are coming off a mistake-filled 20-19 loss at Preston in which they committed five turnovers. In the game, East had just 174 total yards and scored one offensive touchdown. ... QB Ronnie Mills is out with a shoulder injury and Jacob Delaney will start in his place. ... East RB Dillon Murphy is still out, too. ... Hrapchak leads East with 484 rushing yards and all county players in TDs (six). ... Elkins is No. 9 in this week’s Class AAA playoff rankings. ... The Tigers have lost two of three since a 5-0 start, the latest a 35-24 home setback to Wheeling Park last Friday. ... Elkins is averaging 39 points per game and has scored at least 30 six times. ... Lawrence, a senior transfer from Hempfield (Pa.) out of the WPIAL, leads the Big 10 in rushing with 1,359 and 15 TDs. That total is nearly 500 yards better than the league’s No. 2 rusher. ... Collett has added 719 yards on the ground to go with 11 total scores (nine rushing, two receiving). ... Elkins has lost eight of nine to the Bees, including the 2011 season opener.
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