PROCTORVILLE — The Portsmouth West Senators came up just short of earning a road win over Fairland in Friday night’s non-league meeting between the two at Jim Mayo Stadium in Proctorville.
A 38-yard touchdown reception by Fairland’s Brycen Hunt on a pass by Peyton Jackson with 5:50 to go in the fourth quarter put the Dragons in front for good at 14-13.
Fairland scored the game’s first points in the first quarter on a three-yard rushing touchdown by Zion Martin with 3:29 left in the period.
In between the Dragons scores were a pair of West touchdowns.
Senators junior Jeffery Bishop caught a pass from Mitchell Irwin and scored a 65-yard touchdown, tying the game at 7-7 with 6:52 left until half.
Bishop led all players with 87 receiving yards on four catches.
A 24-yard touchdown reception by Cole Tipton on a pass by Irwin with just 34 seconds left in the third period gave West its first lead (13-7).
However, a blocked extra point following Tipton’s score would prove costly in the latter stages.
West committed two turnovers — a pair of interceptions — while Fairland committed none.
Carson Malnar made the extra point for the Senators following their first touchdown, as West dominated in plays from scrimmage (67-43), first downs (15-6), total yards (305-155) and time of possession (30-and-a-half minutes to 17-and-a-half minutes).
Irwin attempted 28 passes and completed 11 for 201 yards, as Alex Blevins caught three for 41 and Tipton a pair for 36.
Irwin added 43 rushing yards on 11 attempts, as Ryan Sissel carried 18 times for 55 yards to pace the Senators on the ground.
West outgained the Dragons 104-19 in rushing, as Jackson completed half of his 20 passes for 136 yards.
Hunt had five receptions for 83 yards, as Gabe Polcyn pushed through both extra-point attempts.
West is back on the road in week two for its road game versus Portsmouth at Trojan Coliseum.
The Senators will open their home schedule in week three against Adena.
West 0 7 6 0 — 13
Fairland 7 0 0 7 — 14
F — Zion Martin, 3-yard run (Gabe Polcyn PAT good); 7-0 F 1Q
W — Jeffery Bishop, 65-yard pass from Mitchell Irwin (Carson Malnar PAT good); 7-7 2Q
W — Cole Tipton, 24-yard pass from Mitchell Irwin (PAT kick blocked); 13-7 W 3Q
F — Brycen Hunt, 38-yard pass from Peyton Jackson (Gabe Polcyn PAT good); 14-13 F 4Q
|Yards (Pass-Rush)||305 (201-104)||155 (136-19)|
|Time of Possession||30:26||17:34|
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