Bonamico was seeing his first action since the first week of the regular season. The running back/safety broke his foot in the Indians' 29-14 win over Buckhannon-Upshur on Aug. 24.
As a sophomore in 2011, he had more than 800 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
"I had no intention at all of playing him, really," Bridgeport Coach Josh Nicewarner said. "We had some late injuries that we found out about right before the game started that forced that role.
"It's comforting to have him back in there. Anthony, when he's in the game things tend to happen, and he came back and proved that quite early."
Nicewarner said that, for now, he intends to keep Bonamico on the defensive side of the ball while not playing him at running back.
The third-seeded Indians (8-2) play host to No. 6 seed Frankfort (9-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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WHILE AS coach of the Indians from 1997-2009, Bruce Carey didn't often have players who could keep up with the speed on Bluefield's roster.
That's not the case this season, his first at No. 4 seed Robert C. Byrd (10-1).
"Bluefield's going to be a tough opponent. They've got a lot of speed," said Carey, whose Eagles struggled early in the first round but topped No. 13 seed Braxton County 27-21 in Clarksburg.
"We have some speed too, though, so hopefully we can match them a little better. A lot of times teams in our area don't match up too well with them."
The fifth seed in the 2012 Class AA field, Bluefield (9-2) disposed of No. 12 seed Roane County in the first round, and has made a habit of ending the playoff hopes of Harrison County clubs in the past. On three separate occasions the Beavers
Bluefield beat the Mountaineers 32-20 in the 1997 first round en route to a Class AA state championship.
The Beavers also handed Liberty a 71-46 quarterfinal loss in 1999, and first-round defeats in 2005 (24-8), 2006 (46-6) and 2010 (42-0).
Liberty, Clarksburg's school that opened in 1973 as a consolidation of Victory and Salem high schools, is Carey's alma mater.
The teams meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Clarksburg.