Polier-powered Bears take huge win over ’Pack

Kevin Mays • Oct 12, 2019 at 1:30 AM

BIG STONE GAP — Mason Polier has gained the reputation as a “Mr. Everything” for Union’s football team. In Friday night’s Mountain 7 District clash with Ridgeview, he showed why.

The senior was a key player on defense and racked up 237 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries on offense to lead Union to a giant 32-26 win at Bullitt Park.

“He’s a warrior,” Union coach Travis Turner said of his senior NCAA prospect. “He played hard and did a good job on both sides of the football.”

Always humble, Polier said the win was a total team effort.

“It was a great job by the line tonight with blocking. The backs blocked great for each other. It was just a great team effort tonight,” he said. “They really set the tone for me to open it up and gash them a little bit.”

The biggest gashing run from Polier iced the game for the Bears (6-1, 3-0).

Union enjoyed a 26-10 halftime lead thanks to Polier’s scoring runs of 19 and 15 yards, an 87-yard touchdown pass play from Brody Gibson to Antwun Jenkins and a 15-yard scoring pass from Gibson to Bryce Guerrant.

But Ridgeview (5-1, 3-1) grabbed the momentum in the second half. The Wolfpack took advantage of two turnovers deep in Union territory to score on a quick 15-yard pass from Nick Phillips to Timmy Hess followed by a 25-yard field goal by Landon Knepp.

Union answered with 2:17 left in the third quarter when Polier ran through an open hole and sprinted 91 yards for a touchdown that put the Bears up 32-19.

“C.J. Jones opened up a real big hole and it was just daylight the rest of the way. It was great blocking by the line and the backs,” Polier said.


Union’s defense keyed on Ridgeview star back Trenton Adkins throughout the game.

Wolfpack coach Rick Mullins said the coaches tried to mix up the play-calling a little in the opening half.

“We were trying to spread it out a little bit,” Mullins said. “They were keying on Trenton, which we knew they were going to do.

“It didn’t work out the way we thought it was going to, but I thought in the second half we came out and played pretty well.

“We dug ourselves too big a hole in the first half and battled our hind ends off in the second half,” Mullins added, “and we just came up a little short.”

Adkins finished with 123 yards and one touchdown on 22 rushes.

Phillips completed 8 of 14 passes for 150 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Gibson, who threw the ball only twice in the second half, completed 3 of 5 passes for 126 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.


Both teams are back in action next Friday when Union travels to Wise County rival Central and Ridgeview goes to John Battle.

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