1959 EHS football team finished seventh in state rankings

Submitted Photo Members of the 1959 Elkins High School football team included front row, from left to right, Vic Thompson, Phil Douglas, Toby Sherman, David Pingley, Leo Weese, Jack Daniels, Wayne Mouse, Richard Kelly, Bernard Helmick, Nat Jackson, Bud Cupp, Darel Smith, Danny Harper, Dennis Mitchell, David Hodges, Steve Hyre, Mike Myers, Eugene Hunter, Jerry Armentrout and coach Bob Irwin. Second row, Roger Sanders, Robert Lloyd, Jack Corcoran, John Dressler, James Armstrong, Kenny Cross, David Rice, Ellis Corley, Bob Pugh, Jay Kitzmiller, David Bennett, Neil Kuhl, Jimmy Bazzle, Willard Campbell, George Smith, Sam Harper, Gary Fike, George Nefflin and Carl Haller.

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.


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