The road to its first victory of 2012 was not easy for the Fairmont State football team. The Falcons suffered a few tough losses but finally get to put a ‘W' on their schedule. FSU won its first game of the season on Saturday, beating West liberty 25-20.
Fairmont scored first in the first quarter on a 36-yard field goal from Johnny Dearstine. Anthony Domico then recorded a safety, sacking West Liberty quarterback L.D. Crow in the endzone, making the score 5-0.
In the second quarter FSU quarterback Bobby Vega hit Chris St. Hilaire on a 13-yard touchdown route to give the Falcons a 12-0 advantage. Fairmont made it 19-0 as Matt Wilmer caught a five-yard score but the Hilltoppers' game picked up. Marco Richetti grabbed an interception that West Liberty eventually scores off of. Before halftime the Hilltoppers added another touchdown and Fairmont held a slim 19-13 lead at halftime.
West Liberty started the second half off on the right foot. During FSU's first possession of the third quarter WLU's Jovontae Johnson picked up a Falcon fumble and ran it 22 yards the other way for a score, giving West Liberty the lead for the first time all game, 20-19. Fairmont looked helpless late in the third but Vega found C.J. Goodwin on an 87-yard bomb, thrown from FSU's own 13-yard-line. That touchdown gave Fairmont the lead back for good, 25-20.
In the fourth quarter West Liberty went three-and-out on its first two possessions, Bryan Wilson picked off Crow on the Hilltoppers third possession. WLU had one more chance with 2:35 left in the game and made it to the Fairmont State 27-yard-line but the Falcons sacked Crow on his final attempt.
Fairmont State beat West Liberty 25-20.
Vega was 34-67 on the day, throwing for 361 yards and three scores. His 67 passing attempts set a new school record.
St. Hilaire finished with 12 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Goodwin had three catches for 104 yards and a score.
The FSU defense was anchored by the trio of Garret Davis, Wilson and Jephte Leveille. They had six tackles each. The Falcon defense grabbed five sacks and a safety. Along with Wilson, Fairmont native and Fairmont Senior High School graduate Trevor Malnick each snagged an interception.
FSU is now 1-3 on the season, 1-1 in conference play.