1959 EHS football team finished seventh in state rankings
Editor’s note: The following is the seventh in a series of articles about the six individuals and two teams that will be inducted into the Randolph County Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday at the Gandy Theatre in Elkins.
ELKINS — The 1959 Elkins High School football team finished the season ranked seventh in the state with a record of 7-1-1.
The offense grounded out 20.5 points per game and the defense held opponents to 12.0 points per contest.
With team captains Niles Helmick, Nat Jackson and Bud Cupp, the Tigers were steered by coach Bob Irwin.
Cupp led the team with 13 touchdowns and 1,000 yards rushing.
He joined Danny Harper and Dave Pingley on the All-Big 10 team. Jackson, Jack Daniels and Bernard Helmick earned honorable-mention recognition.
Pingley also took second team All-State honors as quarterback, joined by Cupp and Harper as honorable mentions. Third team tackle Jackson went on to letter twice at Purdue University before joining the Houston Oilers of the AFL.