Offensive Player of the Year: Ingleton shocks even himself with big year
by Chris Byess
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12-16-12 -- Cherokee Football All County 06 -- Blake Ingleton, offensive player of the year. STAFF/EMILY BARNES
12-16-12 -- Cherokee Football All County 06 -- Blake Ingleton, offensive player of the year. STAFF/EMILY BARNES
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CANTON — Coming off a junior season that saw him rush for just over 1,200 yards, Sequoyah running back Blake Ingleton set his sights on rushing for 1,500 yards in his senior season.

He might have overshot it just a bit.

With a total of 2,193 yards and 32 touchdowns off 250 carries, Ingleton was the most prolific offensive force in not only the county, but possibly in Class AAAAA.

With an average of 8.7 yards per carry and 199 yards a game, Ingleton broke not only Sequoyah’s single-season rushing and touchdown records, but both county records as well, and he stands as the only running back to have broken the 2,000-yard mark in the county’s history.

In his 11 games this season, Ingleton led Class AAAAA in rushing yards, and he finished fifth overall in the state. Before Sequoyah made its first-round exit from the playoffs, Ingleton was second in the state, behind only Cedartown’s Nick Chubb.

Out of the 11 games played, Ingleton rushed for more than 200 yards in six of them, and for more than 100 in nine.

With such a record-setting season under his belt, it comes as no surprise that Ingleton is the 2012 Cherokee Tribune Football Offensive Player of the Year.

For Ingleton, the award, and his season totals, came as a surprise.

“This is a big accomplishment for me really. It’s something I didn’t see coming,” he said. “I really didn’t expect to have the year I did at all.”

Ingleton wasn’t the only one who was impressed with his season. Sequoyah coach James Teter described Ingleton’s year as “awesome.”

“We expected him to have a good year, because he had one last year, but to do what he did was pretty impressive,” Teter said. “We’ve had some kids have good years before, but it’s not often you see someone rush for over 2,000 yards.”

When asked where he would rank Ingleton among the running backs that he had coached in his career, Teter, who has almost 20 years of experience as a coach, placed him at the very top.

“I’ve coached for a long time, and he is probably the best running back that I have ever been around,” Teter said.

When trying to explain the 800-yard jump from his junior year, Ingleton had no secrets as to why he found himself so successful this season. Instead, he attributed his increase in performance to hard work.

“I just stayed in the weight room and got stronger, bigger and faster. I just worked hard,” Ingleton said.

Ingleton was also quick to credit his protectors.

“My offensive line, they worked hard every day. They never took a day off,” Ingleton said. “They just kept getting better and better as the season went on, and as a result, (the team) got a lot better.”

As for what the future holds for him, Ingleton plans on playing football at the Division I school, though his destination is undecided. After that, he hopes to make the jump to the highest level of all and play in the NFL.

Though Teter is also waiting to see how far Ingleton can go, he had no doubts concerning his ability.

“Everyone in Division I is good, so it’ll come down to how well he can adjust, as it could be a little overwhelming,” Teter said. “But I think he has a pretty bright future in front of him.”
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