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Ingerson leads Frewsburg to Class DD football crown

The little Bear lingered the longest in the afterglow of victory.

After scoring three touchdowns, snagging a shutout-saving interception and handling his postgame interview like a seasoned spokesman, Jordan Ingerson found his father among the crowd of 400 or so in the stands at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Frewsburg’s 5-foot-8, 155-pound junior running back stood tall and shouted “MVP,” punching his chest while his father returned a proud thumb’s up.

“The energy from this stadium is unbelievable,” Ingerson said. “I just want to play football for the rest of my life.”

Ingerson and the Bears made memories that will last a lifetime Saturday morning, dominating Cattaraugus-Little Valley on both sides of the ball in a 33-0 win in the Section VI Class DD championship game.

“All of us came together as a team,” Ingerson said. “That’s bigger than words. That’s family. That’s love. That’s love for the game of football.”

Frewsburg (6-3) avenged a regular season loss to Cattaraugus/Little Valley (7-2) in winning its first sectional title since 1993.

As Class DD champions, the Bears won’t advance to state playoffs, but they will savor the season-ending victory after losing the Class D title game here two years ago.

“In 2011 we stood in that tunnel after a loss to Maple Grove and were devastated,” Frewsburg coach Terry Gray said. “I told the kids this was their opportunity to avenge that, put the banner on the wall and finish the year playing your best football. And we did that today.”

The Bears dominated on defense, allowing just 70 yards and four first downs. The Timberwolves didn’t gain a first down until the final minute of the first half, and didn’t gain another one until late in the fourth quarter when the outcome had long been decided.

“How ’bout them Bears,” said Ingerson, who intercepted a pass with 1:24 remaining after the Timberwolves had crossed midfield.

“That’s Frewsburg football. Fundamental, sound defense. That’s the way we were coached and that’s the way we came out here on the biggest stage of them all.”

“Our defense played physical, played hard, kept us in the game,” Gray said. “We didn’t make many adjustments from two weeks ago. We just played better.”

Frewsburg drove 80 yards on its first possession and took a 6-0 lead on Ingerson’s seven-yard scoring run.

The Bears offense sputtered for the rest of the half before Trevor Spicer recovered a fumble on the 6-yard-line, and Ingerson scored on the next play to make it 12-0 with 1:51 left in the half.

Frewsburg opened the second half with an onside kick recovered by Ingerson, and took an 18-0 lead six plays later on a two-yard run by quarterback Brady Coliver.

On a fourth down play in the fourth quarter, Ingerson caught a 26-yard bomb from Coliver while leaping backward over the goal line to make it 25-0.

Ingerson said he felt like his favorite NFL player, LeSean McCoy, on that play.

“He had a great day,” Gray said. “He is probably one of the hardest-working kids on our team and he doesn’t get rattled mentally. For him to come out in this game, as a junior, and make the plays he did, I’m not surprised. He’s earned it.”

Freshman backup quarterback Cordell O’Brien scored the final touchdown on an eight-yard run with 34 seconds left.

Kevin Rogers led Frewsburg’s rushing attack with 63 yards on 10 carries. Ingerson gained 60 yards on 14 carries and picked up another 55 yards on two receptions. Nick Long rushed for 27 yards on three carries, as The Bears totaled 171 yards on the ground.

Coliver, a sophomore, was 6 of 10 passing for 147 yards and one touchdown.

The Timberwolves were penalized nine times for 127 yards, nullifying any offense they were able to muster.

Quarterback Justin Forster scrambled for 44 yards on 22 attempts and completed one pass for six yards.

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