Originally created 09/07/02

Patriots' Ellison still part of century club



Aundra Ellison is what you would call a well-rounded student. He's part of the auto mechanics club, and he's a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Ellison, a senior tailback for Westside, might want to add another interest to his diverse list - the 100-yard club. He surpassed the century mark for the second straight game in Friday's 31-17 win over Greenbrier, amassing a career-high 162 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries at ARC Stadium.

"It's been really tough, because I'm involved in a lot of things at school," Ellison said. "I work out about two times a day and run to try to keep myself in shape to be able to do the stuff I do.

"It's just schoolwork and working out."

On the gridiron, everything is working out just fine for Ellison, who rushed for 120 yards last week against Lakeside. Friday, he took advantage of the substantial push generated by his offensive line and fullback Duane Gregg.

Ellison's last carry was his longest and it was definitely the most important. After a Greenbrier touchdown made the score 24-17, the Patriots (2-0) recovered an onside kick at their own 49-yard line with 2:51 left.

Ellison's yards had previously come in short chunks. Westside coach Gerald Barnes told Ellison to be patient - he'd break one soon enough.

On cue, Ellison plowed off right tackle and scooted 51 yards to put the game out of reach.

"We were just trying to run the clock down," Ellison said. "It just turned into a big play, and we took advantage of it."

"You keep sticking Aundra in there, and hopefully he's going to bang it on through," Barnes said. "He just hit the hole clean and just outran them to the outside."

Barnes was pleased with a defensive scheme that limited big plays for the Wolfpack (1-1). Greenbrier would probably argue that its wounds were more self-inflicted.

Quarterback Brooks Robinson endured an agonizing stretch of seven straight incomplete passes in the second half. At least four were perfectly thrown, but dropped.

"Honestly, I can't count how many of those passes were dropped," said Robinson, whose offense drove 66 yards to pull within seven with 2:52 remaining. "It's pretty frustrating, but I can't help but to pick my receivers up. They're my teammates, and you want the best for them."

Reach Larry Williams at (706) 823-3645.