Senior running back Jimmy Wheeler singlehandedly stole the show for West Mifflin this past Thursday.
In his team's 40-16 win at Elizabeth Forward, Wheeler accounted for all six of his team's touchdowns. He ran for 257 yards on 30 carries, scoring on touchdown runs of 10, 15, 3, 50, 7 and 34.
And to whom gets the credit for this?
"My (offensive) line motivates me," Wheeler said. "That's why I do this every week."
With Wheeler's performance, he has now rushed for 1,569 yards in seven games this season. That's an average of 261.5 yards a game, to go with 23 touchdowns. He's also closing in on 4,000 career rushing yards, with 3,795 yards in just two seasons as a starter.
The Titans led 7-0 15 minutes into the game before the game went in to a one-hour, 51-minute lightning delay. Clearly, weather conditions and a long layoff weren't enough to slow Wheeler down.
On his 57-yard touchdown run, he took on two defenders head on, bowling them over. Again, though, he credited his offensive line.
"I'm a little guy, and I don't want to get tackled," Wheeler said. "It's all on my line. I have a good trust in my line. I know they're going to push me, and I'm going o push them. I know every day they're going to go hard for me, just like I'm going to go hard for them."
Surprisingly, Wheeler doesn't have any offers. He's been invited to a few schools for games. His focus, for the moment, isn't on recruiting. West Mifflin has two games left before a big regular season finale with unbeaten Thomas Jefferson. There's still two games to be played, but both teams are on target to remain unbeaten for that game on October 25.
With another 431 yards, he would become the fifth running back in WPIAL history to rush for 2,000 yards in the regular season. With another 205 rushing yards, he will accumulate 4,000 rushing yards in just two years as a starter.