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Football: Ingram's Big Night Lifts Wheeling Park

October 13, 2012
By ANDREW DAVIS, The Inter-Mountain , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ELKINS - Bryce Ingram rushed for 229 yards and scored four touchdowns as Wheeling Park used a second-quarter surge to knock off Class AAA No. 7 Elkins 35-24 on Friday night in non-conference action at Wimer Stadium.

With the Tigers leading 10-0 after the first quarter, Wheeling Park came to life and cut the deficit to 10-7 when Geremy Paige scored on a 1-yard run with 10:41 left in the second.

Elkins answered back and drove 78 yards on four plays as L.J. Lawrence scored on a 21-yard sprint to make it 16-7 at the 8:57 mark.

Ingram then scored the first of his four touchdowns on an 8-yard run with 6:16 remaining in the half, cutting the deficit to 16-14. Ingram scored one more time right before half when he raced in for a 32-yard score that gave the Patriots a 21-16 lead at the half.

''I thought we started off slow, but picked it up in the second quarter,'' Wheeling Park coach Chris Daugherty said. ''Elkins really played great defense in the first half and they confused us with a couple different things.''

Ingram then extended the lead for Wheeling Park when he hit paydirt from 76 yards out to make it 28-16 with 8:58 left in the third quarter.

The Tigers wouldn't go away however, as Silas Gibson found Clayton Collett for a 42-yard touchdown on Elkins' ensuing possession. Gibson then connected with Mark Parrack for the 2-point conversion and the Patriots' lead was trimmed to 28-24 with 2:20 left in the third.

Wheeling Park iced a victory with 5:37 left when Ingram capped off his stellar night with a 57-yard scoring scamper.

''We started off strong in the first quarter,'' Elkins coach Gregg Hott said. ''But two costly turnovers in the second quarter really hurt us. We also had two key injuries in the game that hurt us on both sides of the ball. I was proud of how Silas Gibson and Ben Lonergan stepped up and filled in for our players that were hurt, though. Our kids never quit and they really worked hard.''

Elkins jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter when a good punt from Clayton Collett pinned Wheeling Park on its 2-yard line. On the Patriots' first play from scrimmage after the boot, a fumble went through the back of the end zone for a safety at the 9:24 mark.

Nick Martin then returned the ensuing kickoff 61 yards to give Elkins a quick 10-0 lead.

Lawrence had 141 yards rushing on 24 carries to lead the Tigers offense. Collett had three catches for 94 yards and added 46 yards on the ground. Gibson completed 3 of 5 passes for 61 yards, while Martin had 51 yards passing.

Paige added 57 yards on the ground on eight carries for Wheeling Park, while Zach Phillips completed 9 of 18 passes for 125 yards.

Ingram added four catches for 77 yards to go with his big night on the ground.

Wheeling Park is off next week before traveling to Parkersburg South the following week.

Elkins will journey to East Fairmont next Friday for a Big 10 Conference matchup at 7:30 p.m.

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