One of the nation’s longest active unbeaten streaks in 11-man football ended Friday night in an epic double-overtime Class AA semifinal in West Virginia.
Fairmont Senior beat three-time defending state champion Bridgeport 22-21 to snap Bridgeport’s 38-game unbeaten streak, which was tied for the seventh longest streak. Bridgeport’s last loss was Sept. 5, 2014, to Wheeling Park by a 14-10 score.
The streak is an unbeaten streak rather than a winning streak because Bridgeport’s game against Wheeling Park in September 2015 was considered a 1-1 tie by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission because a scoreless game was halted in the first quarter by lightning. The game was not completed.
Fairmont Senior has not beaten Bridgeport since 2006, including a 28-20 loss in last year’s state semifinals and a 17-14 loss during the regular season this fall.
In the second overtime, Fairmont quarterback Jake Abbott connected with Bryson Gilbert on a 41-yard pass on second-and-31 for a touchdown. An extra point would have tied the game and forced a third OT; instead Fairmont went for the victory.
Abbott took the keeper and was initially stopped before stretching over the goal line for the win.
Fairmont Senior (10-2) moves to its first state title game since 1981.