No defense in the WPIAL has been able to stop West Mifflin running back Jimmy Wheeler this season.
Mother Nature tried Thursday night, and she failed, too.
A second-quarter weather delay lasted nearly two hours, but Wheeler ripped off 257 yards and six touchdowns on 30 carries to lead No. 3 West Mifflin to a 40-16 win against Elizabeth Forward in the Class AAA Big Nine Conference.
West Mifflin 40, Elizabeth Forward 16
West Mifflin bests Elizabeth Forward 40-16 on Thursday, October 3 at Warrior Stadium. (Video by Matt Hafley; 10/4/2013))
West Mifflin stayed undefeated (6-0) while Elizabeth Forward fell to 4-2 with its only other loss coming against No. 1 Thomas Jefferson.
Wheeler's game Thursday padded his cushion atop the WPIAL rushing leaderboard. He has piled up 1,569 yards on 155 carries for an average of 261.5 yards per game and also leads the WPIAL in scoring (23 touchdowns).
"My line was pushing it. They were giving it their all, and they got me in the end zone," Wheeler said.
"I just try to get away from everybody. I don't want to get tackled. That's what I think every time I get the ball. I don't want to get touched."
West Mifflin opened the scoring with a 99-yard drive after stopping Elizabeth Forward's JaQuan Davidson on the goal line late in the first quarter.
Then, the lightning came.
"After that delay, we all got tired and didn't want to play anymore," Davidson said.
"We were focused on playing tomorrow and we just lost control of the defense and the offense wasn't working too well."
After the game resumed, Wheeler scored from 15 yards out late in the second quarter after he set the offense up with good field position with a 64-yard kick return to the 18.
Davidson completed a 42-yard pass to Anthony Brown to put Elizabeth Forward on the 6 with five seconds left in the half, but the Warriors could not score before time expired.
Elizabeth Forward scored its first touchdown when Davidson hit Matt Bernadowski with a 37-yard pass in the third quarter to cut the lead to 14-10, but that was as close as the Warriors would come.
Wheeler scored touchdowns on a his next three carriers, going in from 3, 50 and 7 yards.
"I don't think I've ever done that," Wheeler said.
Davidson tried to pick up big yards quickly in the second half but underthrow receivers and was intercepted three times. He finished with 169 yards on the ground while completing 3 of 8 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Nick Veronica: firstname.lastname@example.org and Twitter @NickVeronica. First Published October 4, 2013 4:30 AM