FAIRMONT, W.VA (WDTV) - We wrap up our high school state semifinal previews tonight with a rematch of last year's Class "AA" state championship game. Fairmont Senior has waited 51 weeks for another shot at Mingo Central, a team that owns a 26-game winning streak. A trip up Miner Mountain awaits the Polar Bears Saturday afternoon.
It would be understandable if Fairmont Senior could be caught looking ahead through the bracket to the semifinals and a possible state final rematch with top-seeded Mingo Central. After wins over Keyser and Wayne where they outscored both teams 77-20, the Polar Bears took care of business to get their chance at redemption.
A few weeks from now, senior quarterback Jeremy Dillon could very well claim his second Kennedy Award as the state's top player. He has accounted for 60 touchdowns and just under four thousand yards of offense in twelve games. His ability to extend plays must be minimized for the Polar Bears to have success.
Last year, the Miners rushing attack was led by the powerful Joe Hunt. This year, in addition to Dillon, 5-foot-7, 155 pound speedster Dawson Elia has 29 touchdowns and just under two thousand yards from scrimmage.
The Polar Bears literally have a tall mountain to climb Saturday but it is similar to one they conquered in the state semifinal round last November.