FAIRMONT - Class AA, No. 14 Philip Barbour's playoff hopes remain muddled after imploding Friday night against East Fairmont, 49-25, at East-West Stadium in Fairmont.
"We were out of position, a lot," Colts coach Curtis Bodkins said afterward. "When you don't have your free safety back there making the calls on defense, like he has all season, then you're going to have some breakdowns in coverage. I think we tackled poorly, too."
Philip Barbour's starting free safety, Al Johnson, had to sit out, after being ejected last week against Notre Dame.
The Colts (6-4) got on the scoreboard first when Morgan Stalnaker ran the ball in from four yards out. However, Saige Cline's kick was blocked, making the score 6-0.
East Fairmont (4-6) answered with back-to-back touchdowns. Quarterback Jake Delaney hit Myles Johnson for 22 yards and then Jeff Shroyer on a 55-yard strike to make the score, 14-6, after the PATs.
The Bees then extended their lead to 21-6 when Matt Hopwood ran in a 14-yard touchdown.
The Colts drove to the 2-yard line but had to settle for a field goal with four seconds left in the half to make the score 21-9 at intermission.
East Fairmont got the ball first in the second half but Tyler Titchnell picked off a Delaney pass to give the ball to the Colts.
Dylan Johnson ran the ball in from 14 yards out to make the score 21-16 after Cline's PAT.
Not to be out done, Delaney hit Shroyer on a 28-yard pass and Horvath added the conversion kick to make the score 28-16 with 7:18 left in the third quarter.
East Fairmont took the ball back on the next series after Ronnie Mills intercepted a Titchnell pass.
The Bees continued to pad their score with a 63-yard strike from Delaney to Miles Johnson. Colin Harvath's PAT made the score 35-16.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, East Fairmont moved Ronald Mills to quarterback. He responded by hitting David Wadsworth with a 44-yard touchdown, making the score 42-16.
Dylan Johnson responded with a 57-yard run to put the Colts on the 3-yard line. He then powered it in to make the score 42-23.
However, the Colts defense couldn't stop the Bees from driving down the field and scoring again on a 10-yard run by Hopwood, making the score 49-23.
Dylan Johnson again took the Colts to the goal line but came up short on fourth-and-inches. The Colts then sacked the East Fairmont QB for a safety making the final score 49-25.