But it was Sequoyah’s powerhouse back who 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 Friday at Titan Stadium.
Upshaw, Ingleton’s 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 (Friday),” Sequoyah coach James Teter said. “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 (Friday), too.”
The Chiefs survived this battle at Northview, just like their rival, Creekview, did in a 56-42 win two weeks ago.
“The game itself was incredible,” Teter said. “We knew when we saw the score they put against Creekview 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.
“My line was great (Friday),” Ingleton said. “They were blowing them off the ball every play, and once I got to the second level — I’m a pretty big dude, so I was looking to punish those DBs.”
His efforts led Sequoyah’s offense to 24 first downs, 525 yards rushing, 599 yards of total offense and its highest scoring output since beating the same Northview team 62-7 in 2002.
“That kid is a great player,” Northview coach Chad Davenport said 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 highlights for both backs came early and often.
Northview opened the scoring when Upshaw reversed field and scored from 7 yards out 2 minutes into the game.
After a blocked punt by Nick Falco set Sequoyah up on the Titans’ 32, Ingleton answered by powering runs of 19 and 11 yards before a 2-yard score tied the game 7-7.
Two plays later, Upshaw bobbed and weaved 53 yards to give Northview the lead again.
Ingleton responded 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 at 20-all, and Lex Lauletta eventually gave 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, Sequoyah pulled away, using two Stuart Glassic touchdowns in the fourth quarter and a James Harris field goal to bring the game to a 58-48 final.
The win locked the Chiefs (5-3, 3-1) in as the No. 2 seed in Region 7AAAAA’s northern subregion, heading into the region play-in game in two weeks. Before that game, which will come at the No. 3 seed of the southern subregion, Sequoyah will host one-win Cambridge next week.