Weekend Wrap: Ingram ‘Back’ With Vengeance

WHEELING – If anyone doubted that Wheeling Park’s Bryce Ingram would be back, at least at the level he played at last season, the senior running back understands.

At one time earlier this summer, he probably would have endorsed the doubt.

He entertained the thought himself.

Don’t try to sell that theory to Brooke, though.

Not after Friday night’s 34-16 Park victory, which helped the Patriots improve to 4-0.

Ingram started early, and he really never slowed down, rushing for 188 yards and three scores (on 12 carries) in the win.

Early? How about the first play from scrimmage, when Ingram raced 68 yards for a touchdown.

Late? Ingram had touchdown runs of 53 and 45 yards to seal the victory.

There is little doubt Ingram is back. At least not now.

However …

“I was talking to my dad before the season and he said he thought that I’d be back by the fifth game of the season,” Ingram said. “Honestly, I wasn’t sure that I’d be back at all.”

Ingram suffered a stress fracture in his back. Originally thought to be a pinched nerve, he was going to a chiropractor initially.

When it didn’t heal, the correct diagnosis was sought.

“I felt that way,” he said of missing his senior season. “To be back, and playing again, in the fourth game of the season (he returned Week 3) is a blessing.”

For Ingram, and the team.

So deep is the backfield that long-time University coach John Kelley called it the best he’s seen.

There’s merit, especially after sophomore sensation Savion Johnson added 155 yards on the ground Friday night.”

Park will try to go to 5-0 against East Liverpool Friday.

Wheeling Central held serve on the island Saturday, with a dramatic come-from-behind victory Magnolia, which, arguably, could be the best 2-3 team in the state.

The engineer of the comeback was freshman quarterback Isaac Rine, who completed four straight passes, including the game-winning TD toss to Parker Henry with 30 seconds left. That toss gave Central a 21-20 lead which ended 27-20 after he Maroon Knights blocked a game-winning field goal which Derek Yocke returned for a touchdown as time expired.

Obviously, Henry is the starter at quarterback but inserting Rine into the lineup allows coach Mike Young to use Henry and C.J. Burch (who quarterbacked the team last year when Henry missed the season with an injury). It gives the Knighs “explosiveness,” Young said.

It sure paid off down the road and it’s worth noting that both Henry and Burch topped 100 yards on the same night for the first time this season.

Central (4-1) faces Kiski Academy Saturday at 7 p.m. on the island.

Magnolia returns home to face another tough battle against Monroe Central.

Offensive Player of the Week

Bailey McGrath

Bridgeport

  • The Bulldogs quarterback completed 7 of 8 passes for 144 yards and rushed nine times for 133 yards and three touchdowns in Bridgeport’s 42-16 victory against Conotton Valley. For good measure, McGrath added seven tackles on defense.

Defensive Player of the Week

Geremy Paige

Wheeling Park

  • The two-time all-state linebacker seemingly knew what Brooke was doing as soon the the Bruins did it, with 12 tackles in a 34-16 victory.

Ground Gainers

  • Ingram led Park with 188 yards and three scores while teammate Johnson had 155 to lead an attack that had 412 yards on the ground in the Patriots’ victory against Brooke.
  • Monroe Central’s Levi Brown had 171 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Seminoles 48-20 victory against Fort Frye.
  • Chris Littell of Shadyside rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns and teammate Austin Dorris added 107 yards and two touchdowns in a victory against Toronto.
  • Wheeling Central’s Parker Henry raced for 141 yards and scored a touchdown, and also caught a TD pass and teammate C.J. Burch added 100 and a score in the Maroon Knights’ 27-20 victory against Magnolia.
  • Magnolia’s Dustin Keller had 121 yards and a touchdown in Magnolia’s 27-20 loss to Wheeling Central.
  • St. Clairsville’s Jaylon Brown had 107 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the Red Devils’ victory against previously undefeated Indian Creek.
  • Tyler Consolidated’s Jacob Highley ran for 121 yards on just eight carries and scored a touchdown in the Silver Knights’ 43-6 victory against Calhoun County. Teammate Jordan Baker added 101 yards on eight carries as well.
  • Paden City’s Brandon Cross ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries as the Wildcats won their second straight in a 67-6 victory against Hundred.
  • Madonna’s Eliott Nero carried 15 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Dons’ 42-6 victory against Cameron.

Aerial Attack

  • Bishop Donahue’s Jesse Padlow completed 21 of 37 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown in the Bishops’ 37-16 loss to Notre Dame.
  • Linsly’s Jameson Murray completed 4 of 7 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in the Cadets victory against Allderdice.
  • Steubenville’s Dimitri Collaros completed 11 0f 15 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in Big Red’s 37-21 loss to Massillion.
  • Brooke’s Aaron Walker completed 16 of 21 passing for 109 yards in a 34-16 loss to Wheeling Park.
  • Paden City’s Zach Heasley completed completed 6 of 10 passing for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats rout of Hundred.
  • Bellaire’s Spencer Badia completed 8 o 9 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-6 victory against Buckeye Local.

Good Hands Team

  • Madonna’s Will Bowser caught six passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Dons’ 48-6 victory against Cameron.
  • Bishop Donahue’s Josh Miller had seven receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Bishops’ 27-16 loss to Notre Dame.
  • Magnolia’s Eric Smith caught four passes for 107 yards in a 27-20 loss to Wheeling Central.

Mr. Everything

  • Magnolia’s Jacob Brill completed 6 of 9 passing for 154 yards in a 27-20 loss to Wheeling Central. Defensively he had 15 tackles and forced a fumble.
  • Paden City’s Hayden Hizer scored on a pass (36 yards, punt return (30 yards) and kickoff return (70 yards) in the Wildcats’ victory against Hundred.
  • Madonna’s Ross Comis ran for 83 yards and three touchdowns and completed 9 of 15 passing for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Dons’ victory against Cameron.
  • Monroe Central’s Curtis Nixon rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and completed 6 of 10 passing for 100 yards and two scores in the Seminoles’ 42-20 victory against Fort Frye.
  • Weir’s William Larch ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns and also completed 8 of 18 passing for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-14 victory against Liberty-Harrison.
  • Chimechi Oparanozie rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 85 yards and a score in the Cadets’ 26-7 victory against Allderdice.

Wrecking Crew

  • Magnolia’s Kage Rohde had 15 tackles, including two for a loss of yardage, the the Blue Eagles’ 27-20 loss to Wheeling Central.
  • Wheeling Park’s Chalmer Moffett had nine tackles and four sacks in the Patriots’ 34-16 victory against Brooke.
  • Weir teammates Nick McCartney and Devin Dollison had big night’s in a 34-14 victory against Liberty Harrison. McCartney had 12 tackles, two for a loss of yardage and Dollison had 12 and one for a loss.
  • Brooke’s Matt Lazear had nine tackles and returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown in the Bruins 34-16 loss to Wheeling Park. Teammate Casey Munger had 10 tackles in the game.
  • Bridgeport’s Pat Britton and 10 tackles, including two for a loss of yardage, in a 42-16 victory against Conotton Valley.
  • Linsly’s Tyler Ashbrook had 12 tackles, three for a loss of yardage and a sack in the Cadets’ 26-7 victory against Allderdice. Freshman Logan Welch, making his first start of the season at inside linebacker, had nine tackles.
  • Buckeye Trail’s Corey Cutlip had 10 tackles , two for a loss of yardage, in a 34-0 loss to Meadowbrook.