The Wallenpaupack senior running back had a huge night Friday, rushing for 192 yards and four TDs as his Buckhorns upset Delaware Valley, 24-13, for their first win of the season.
Age: 17
Family: Father, Robert; mother, Tricia; brother Mike and sister Steph.
Other sports you play: Track and field and wrestling.
The first three games, it seems like our team has had an injury bug. Our middle linebacker’s hurt, Tyler Neglia; starting safety, J.T. Tirjan’s hurt; and last game, we lost two safeties and another middle backer, Shawn Rivera and Tommy Dowd and Donovan Hamilton, and there’s a couple other little injuries. It’s really affected us, but other people have to step up and we have to move on.
Your cousin, Pat, coaches at DV. Talk about that. He’s always been a huge role model for me and always giving me advice. He was a great running back at Wallenpaupack. He had almost 1,900 yards his senior year and was the Offensive Player of the Year.
Is it hard beating someone who has been a role model for you? Honestly, no. It inspired me to beat him more so I’d have something to talk about at the dinner table. It was fun.
Speaking of the dinner table, three people you’d like to have dinner with? Tom Brady, Donald Trump and Saquon Barkley.
Athletes you admire? A lot of people don’t know this, but I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when I was 10 years old. And Jay Cutler has been diagnosed for I don’t know how long. But he’s an NFL quarterback now, so it didn’t stop him. That’s how I like to look at it.
Sports teams you follow? Miami Dolphins, Boston Celtics and New York Yankees.
If there’s one player you can watch when they’re on TV, who is it? Saquon Barkley. You can’t take your eyes off the screen when he’s running.
Any superstitions or rituals on game day? There’s this rib pad shirt that my cousin Pat wore in high school for all his games, my brother wore it, and now I’m wearing it. It’s one of those shirts with the pads built in. Three generations of Ingulli running backs, and now I’m the last one to finish it off.
After high school, what are your plans? I don’t know what college yet, but I want to major in business management, maybe entrepreneurship as a side major. Football teaches you so many things about life, and you love it so much that you’re going to find ways to make it help you, and maybe it helps me get to college and teaches me life lessons along the way.