Fairmont drills Red Riders

Weir’s Reed Reitter runs after hauling in a pass against Fairmont on Friday. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

WEIRTON — Fairmont Senior invaded Jimmy Carey Stadium last night and showed why they are the fourth-ranked 2A team in West Virginia with a now 6-1 record by soundly beating Weir High 49-20 putting a damper on the annual homecoming festivities.

It is the third straight Polar Bear win over the Red Riders (4-3) as they won twice in 2016 during the regular season and in the playoff quarterfinals.

The Polar Bears dominated in every phase of the game, rushing for 229 yards and five touchdowns and passing for another 243 yards and two scores.

Fairmont Senior held the Red Riders to just 50 yards rushing in the first half. Weir got another 56 yards on the ground in the second half, mostly against the Polar Bear reserves.

Weir sophomore quarterback Sebastian Spencer was 7-of-18 passing for 155 yards and a touchdown.

Red Rider coach Tony Filberto said during the week that his chief concern was Polar Bear senior running back Bryson Gilbert, and he was as advertised. Gilbert ran the ball only seven times but led all rushers with 123 yards and scored four touchdowns. He added another score on a 7-yard pass from junior quarterback Connor Neal.

Neal was on top of his game, completing 10-of-14 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball eight times for 45 yards and a score.

“We didn’t play very well in the first half and got ourselves in a big hole that was too big to get out of,” Filberto said.

The Red Rider touchdowns came on a 70-yard Spencer to Reed Reitter pass and run in the second quarter, a 2-yard Chad Custer run in the third period and a Tyler Mack blast from the 1 in the fourth.

Weir hits the road next week, traveling to play winless Warren Local.

Fairmont Senior 49, Weir High 20

Fairmont Senior 21-21-7-0 — 49

Weir 0-7-6-7 — 20

FS: Gilbert 7 run (Smith kick)

FS: Gilbert 41 run (Smith kick)

FS: Walker 24 pass from Neal (Smith kick)

FS: Neal 8 run (Smith kick)

FS: Gilbert 1 run (Smith kick)

W: Reitter 30 pass from Spencer (Reitter kick)

FS: Gilbert 34 run (Smith kick)

FS: Gilbert15 run (Smith kick)

W: Custer 2 run (kick failed)

W: Mack 1 run (Reitter kick)

RUSHING: Fairmont Senior 32-229 -5 (Gilbert 7-123-4; Neal 8-45-1; Clifton 5-9; Walker 3-24; Smith 1-5; Toothman 3-(-2); Michael 5-25); Weir 32-106-2 (Custer 22-94-1; Mack 5-13-1; Hostuttler 1-(-6); Spencer 4-5).

PASSING: Fairmont Senior: 12-12-20-243-2-1 (Neal 10-15 221-2TD; Gilbert 0-1; Michael 2-4-22); Weir 9-18-155-1-0 (all by Spencer).

RECEIVING: Fairmont Senior (Walker 3-90-1; Gilbert 2-43; Parsons 2-34; Pittman 2-31; J. D. Smith 2-36; Heston 1-9); Weir (Reitter 5-116-1; McCoy 2-22; Custer 1-5).

FIRST DOWNS: Fairmont Senior 14; Weir High 15.

PENALTIES: Fairmont Senior 4-46; Weir High 5-35.

FUMBLES-LOST: Fairmont Senior 2-1; Weir High 2-1.

PUNTS-AVG.: Fairmont Senior 1-25; Weir High 5-34.2.