Like a heavyweight bout, Blake Ingleton and Terrence Upshaw traded blow after blow, game-breaking run for game-breaking run and touchdown for touchdown.
But it was Sequoyah’s powerhouse back that had the last laugh, delivering the knockout punch to Upshaw and Northview by running for a mind-boggling 388 yards and five touchdowns to lead Sequoyah to a 58-48 victory at Titan Stadium.
Upshaw, his lightning-quick counterpart, ran for 276 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries.
“[Upshaw] is for real — he is legit — and Blake played like a man for us tonight,” said Sequoyah head coach Jim Teter. “I say that every week because he shows up and does a great job for us every week and those five guys up front played really well tonight too.
“The game itself was incredible, we knew when we saw the score they put on Creekview (a 56-42 shootout) that we were in for a game like this, and it was like dang Arena ball out there at times but we came out on top.”
Ingleton’s night featured 12 runs of 10 yards or more, a 73-yard scamper that didn’t even find the end zone, countless broken tackles and touchdown runs of 50, 6, 4, 2 and 1 yards.
“That kid is a great player,” said Northview coach Chad Davenport of Ingleton. “He has tremendous feet, tremendous vision, and I don’t know how anybody has shut him down this season.
“I’m not sure what kind of college offers he has, but whatever it is, he should have a lot more.”
The loss dropped Northview (2-6 overall, 2-2 in 7A-AAAAA) into a tie for third place in the sub region with Forsyth Central, a team they will play next Friday before entering a region play-in game on Nov. 9 against Kell or Pope.
“We didn’t play very good on defense, but we were toe for toe with them for most of the game. We’re just so young and we don’t quite know how to execute in a tight game like that yet,” said Davenport after the loss. “We have two tough games left and if we win both of them, we’ll be in the (state) playoffs.”
The highlights for both back came early and often.
Northview opened the scoring when Upshaw reversed field and scored from 7 yards out two minutes into the game.
After a blocked punt by Nick Falco set Sequoyah up on the Titan 32, Ingleton answered by powering runs of 19,11 and eventually a two-yard score to tie the game 7-7.
Two plays later Upshaw bobbed and weaved 53 yards to give Northview the lead again. Ingleton answered with a 6-yard score to open the second quarter and Upshaw gave the lead back to Northview on the Titans’ next drive with a 4-yard score.
On his first run of Sequoyah’s next drive Ingleton rumbled for a 50-yard score to the tie game 20-20 and Lex Lauletta would eventually give Sequoyah a 27-20 lead on a rare pass — a 47-yard strike to a wide open Falco with 4:17 to play in the half.
Upshaw sent the game to halftime tied at 27 with his fourth touchdown of the half from a yard out on Northview’s next possession.
Ingleton scored two more third quarter touchdowns before Upshaw broke another long 59-yard score in the third quarter.
From there though Sequoyah would pull away, using two Stuart Glassic touchdowns in the fourth quarter and a James Harris field goal to put up 58 points and bring the game to a 58-48 final.
Northview finished the game with 528 yards of offense. DJ Pearson threw for 225 yards on 33 passes, tossed a fourth quarter score to Matt Biondich and ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the game.
Sequoyah 58, Northview 48
SHS 7 20 14 17 — 58
NHS 13 14 7 14 — 48
NHS: Terrence Upshaw 7 run (Josh Moran kick)
SHS: Blake Ingleton 2 run (James Harris kick)
NHS: Upshaw 53 run (kick missed)
SHS: Ingleton 6 run (Harris kick)
NHS: Upshaw 4 run (Moran kick)
SHS: Ingleton 50 run (kick missed)
SHS: Nick Falco 47 pass from Lex Lauletta (Harris kick)
NHS: Upshaw 1 run (Moran kick)
SHS: Ingleton 1 run (Harris kick)
SHS: Ingleton 4 run (Harris kick)
NHS: Upshaw 59 run (Moran kick)
SHS: Stuart Glassic 19 run (Harris kick)
SHS: Glassic 6 run (Harris kick)
SHS: Harris 37 field goal
NHS: DJ Pearson 2 run (Moran kick)
NHS: Matt Biondich 24 pass from Pearson (Moran kick)
23 First Downs 21
525 Rushing Yards 293
74 Passing Yards 235
599 Total Yards 528
6/6 Comp/Attempts 19/33
0 Interceptions 3
0/0 Fumbles/Lost 0/0
6-60 Penalties/Yards 5/30
4/31.0 Punts/Averages 1/52
RUSHING: Sequoyah — Ingleton 34-388, Stuart Glassic 7-49, Lauletta 6-63, Dustin Dawson 6-9, Jake Garner 4-16. Northview — Upshaw 26-276, Ryan Graddy 1-2, Pearson 6-15.
PASSING: Sequoyah — Lauletta 6-6-0, 74. Northview — Pearson 19-33-3, 225.
RECEIVING: Sequoyah — Glassic 1-1, Falco 3-62, Dawson 1-7, Ingleton 1-4. Northview — Zach Sullivan 9-148, Connor Segraves 4-51, Justin Westbrook 1-2, Biondich 1-9, Graddy 1-(-5), Upshaw 1-14, Anterrious Green 2-6.