MARIETTA — Sequoyah running back Blake Ingleton lived up to the hype again Friday night, rushing for 269 yards and six touchdowns as the Chiefs earned a dramatic 41-34 victory over Sprayberry on Friday in a Region 7AAAAA crossover game at Jim Frazier Stadium.
Ingleton got the most out of 29 carries, breaking the 200-yard mark for the third time in four games.
“He ran like a man, and that’s what I told him at the end of the game,” Sequoyah coach James Teter said. “He took over, and took over early. He was physical and he played awesome.”
Ingleton put the game away with a modest 1-yard touchdown with just over a minute left to play in the fourth quarter. That broke a tie that was a result of an impressive — and definitely overshadowed — comeback by Sprayberry (1-4).
Trailing 34-20 with 7 minutes left, and facing a fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line, Sprayberry quarterback Shane Young handled a high snap and completed a pass to Corey Cooper, who avoided two tacklers in the flat to score a dramatic touchdown and bring the game within one possession.
On Sequoyah’s next possession, following a failed onside kick, the Chiefs fumbled the ball away for the game’s only true turnover. Young completed the comeback on a third-and-13 — this time on the ground, as he broke multiple tackles on his way to a 14-yard touchdown run to tie the game with 4:43 left in the contest.
Just as it had seemed the Yellow Jackets had stolen the momentum and finally controlled the will of Ingleton, one of Sequoyah’s other tailbacks, Stuart Glassic, showed some ability of his own with a 51-yard scamper to the Sprayberry 19-yard line.
Ingleton followed with a 15-yard run on third-and-8 to set up his final score of the night.
“They put the team on his shoulders and he carried them,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said of Ingleton. “As a football coach and a football fan, it was impressive to watch. Unfortunately, it happened against my football team, but we’ve got work to do, and we can’t continue to allow that to happen.”
Possibly overlooked amongst Ingleton’s performance was the play of Sprayberry’s Young, who completed 15 of 22 passes for 191 yards and finished with four total touchdowns — three passing.
“I’m telling you, just to see his growth has been really exciting,” Shackelford said. “He’s really blossoming into a fine football player and a leader on the field. He’s really got a lot of poise.”
Defense was hard to come by in the contest, as neither team punted until the final quarter.
Teter hopes to see that change by next week, particularly when Sequoyah (2-2) lines up against its archrival, Creekview.
“We’ve got to tackle better,” Teter said. “(Sprayberry is) pretty fast, though, and (has) some really good players.”