Fairmont 43, Independence 15
FAIRMONT — Kieshawn Cottingham accounted for four touchdowns and Gage Michael found the end zone twice to lead No. 6 Fairmont Senior to a 43-15 victory over No. 14 Independence in Class AA quarterfinal round football playoff action Friday night at East-West Stadium.
Cottingham, a 5-foot-9 165-pound senior running back, caught two passes for 68 yards which included a 60-yard touchdown reception and rushed 10 times for 56 yards for three touchdowns on runs of 7, 7 and 5 yards. He also had a two-point conversion pass in the first quarter as well.
Michael, a 6-1, 195-pound senior quarterback who has signed with Kent State, rushed for a game-high 145 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown, while completing 6-of-12 passes for 148 yards and one score.
Fairmont Senior scored 43 straight points after falling behind 8-0 early, extending a 15-8 halftime lead.
Atticus Goodson scored on a 2-yard run and added the two-point conversion to give Independence (5-3) an 8-0 lead with 4:57 left in the first quarter. But the Polar Bears scored the next 43 points before Judah Price ended the Patriots’ drought with a 6-yard TD run with 6:51 to play.
Bluefield 33, North Marion 10
BLUEFIELD — Bluefield recovered four fumbles and scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to beat North Marion 33-10 in the Class AA quarterfinals.
A pair of touchdown runs by Jacob Martin and a 48-yard punt returned for a score by Brandon Wiley helped the No. 2 Beavers (7-1) overcome a tough No. 10 Husky (6-4) defense.
Bluefield’s Carson Deeb threw for 123 yards including a 50-yard catch and run to Ryker Brown. The Beavers racked up 205 yards rushing including 94 from Martin on just seven carries.
Brody Hall passed for 137 yards for North Marion. Tariq Miller caught five passes for 96 yards, including the lone touchdown from 25 yards out on fourth down late in the first quarter.
Bluefield advances to play in the semifinals against No. 6 Fairmont Senior. It is the fourth consecutive season the teams will have met in the Class AA playoffs.
South Charleston 57, Princeton 18
CHARLESTON — Sophomore quarterback Trey Dunn threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score Friday night as No. 2 seed South Charleston remained unbeaten with a 57-18 conquest of visiting Princeton in a Class AAA quarterfinal.
Just like they’ve done all season, the No. 2 seed Black Eagles (6-0) flashed a dynamic offense, rolling up 603 total yards with a bevy of playmakers – running back Mondrell Dean scored three TDs, one on a 42-yard interception return and freshman backup running back Amellio Miller added a pair of scoring runs.
South Charleston (6-0) ran a whopping 70 offensive plays Friday, a school record, and piled up 264 yards on the ground and 339 in the air. Miller led the ground game with 138 yards on 11 carries and Dunn added 69 on 10 attempts.
Donavin Davis, who caught TD passes of 1 and 59 yards from Dunn, led the receivers with five catches for 106 yards but suffered a knee injury late in the game. Shyleik Kinney had four grabs for 95 yards, with a 69-yard catch and run for a touchdown on SC’s first offensive snap.
However, the Black Eagles fought their own demons much of the night – losing three fumbles in the first half, winding up with 18 penalties for 148 yards, having four extra-point kicks blocked, failing to recover a Princeton onside kick and also having a punt blocked.
Princeton’s lone score in the first half came on a 41-yard fumble return by Amir Powell after Elijah Padgett sacked Dunn and knocked the ball loose. In the second half, Grant Cochran threw TD passes of 15 yards to Ethan Parsons and 17 yards to Josiah Honaker. The Tigers (6-3) were the No. 10 seed.