FAIRMONT, W.VA (WDTV) - This weekend's Super 6 is a showcase for some of the state's best players... Tyson Bagent of Martinsburg, Mookie Collier of Bluefield, Dante Stills of Fairmont Senior. Well, Bryson Gilbert gets another chance to play on the state's biggest stage and can prove he belongs in that elite company Friday.
He is a member of the winningest class in Fairmont Senior football history and is undoubtedly one of the most productive running backs to ever suit up for the Polar Bears. Bryson Gilbert has been a part of forty victories against just ten losses in four seasons for Westside. Stats alone don't tell the story of his value, although his numbers are impressive. This fall, Gilbert has scored 26 touchdowns with 1,596 combined yards rushing and receiving.
Gilbert has played in a variety of offenses during his four years with the Polar Bears, some pass-heavy, some that were run-dominated. The key to his success has been finding a fit in whatever the offense needs. As a receiver out of the backfield this year, Gilbert has reeled in 26 passes for 328 yards and five scores.
Gilbert has made his share of highlight reel plays over the years, like the pick-6 last Saturday against Mingo Central. But he says his most memorable play was the 40-yard touchdown reception in double overtime of last year's state semifinal at Bridgeport, a play that propelled the Polar Bears to the Super 6.