Ingleton enjoying big year
by Chase Wallace
Cherokee Tribune Sports Writer
November 02, 2012 12:50 AM | 1801 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, one might think sheer size and power are the keys to Blake Ingleton’s monster senior season in the Sequoyah backfield.

But the powerhouse back — who leads Class AAAAA and is second in the state in rushing with 1,687 yards, behind only the 2,360 yards of Cedartown’s Nick Chubb — credits an increase in speed and agility to his emergence as one of the state’s most productive backs.

“For me, the difference in my speed has been the most helpful thing this year compared to last,” said Ingleton, who ran for 1,235 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. “I spent time with a personal trainer for a few months working on quickness and cutting. Then, I also ran track for the Sequoyah track team, which helped my speed, too.”

Ingleton ran the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and he was part of Sequoyah’s 400 relay team last spring. He has used that extra dose of speed to transform from a traditional bruising fullback in James Teter’s Wing-T offense to a bona fide big-play threat.

Through eight games, he is averaging 9.4 yards per carry, 25.3 yards per reception and has found the end zone 24 different times.

A week ago at Northview, Ingleton used his explosive ability to break runs of 50 and 73 yards, score five touchdowns and run for a team-record 388 yards.

“Traditionally, a Wing-T fullback is just a big ol’ bruiser,” Teter said of Ingleton, who is in his third year as a starter. “With Blake, we get that extra — plus, with his speed and not to mention his vision, too, which is very good.

“He is able to see the hole and dart into it because he has such quick feet.”

Northview coach Chad Davenport made note of Ingleton’s nifty feet as well after watching the senior torment his defense for four quarters last week.

“I haven’t seen many kids ever that can get in the hole like that and cut it back — just incredible and tremendous feet,” Davenport said. “I don’t know how anybody has shut him down this season.”

Ingleton’s combination of size, agility and vision have carried him to five games with 200 or more yards this season, and Sequoyah has another favorable matchup on the horizon tonight against Cambridge — a one-win program in its first season of varsity football.

“We knew he was capable of a year like this,” Teter said. “Did I think he would be closing in on 1,700 yards at this point? No. But I certainly expected him to have a really good year.

“He’s worked hard to get here — to be a better runner, to be a better blocker and to really understand what we are doing with him in this offense now. It’s been fun to watch him develop into this all-around, mature football player.”
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