Xavier Ellington felt like swimming last Friday night.
Wissahickon probably wished that he did.
Torrential rain didn’t stop the Plymouth Whitemarsh senior tailback from rushing for a career-best 191 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-7 victory over Wissahickon on Friday.
“I was taking smaller steps, I didn’t want to take the larger steps because I thought I’d slide all over the place,” Ellington said. “It was pouring down heavy and I felt my cleats getting heavy. It was basically like tip-toeing. Against West Chester Henderson, we played in the mud, and I thought I was taking too many wide steps and that caused me to lose my footing. This time, with all the rain, I wanted to keep my steps short.
“Running through the water wasn’t the hard part, the cutting was what I was more nervous about. I was making more forward runs, and little cuts, and the speed helped.”
The Colonials are 3-1 and 1-0 in the Suburban One American Conference with winless Upper Moreland next on Friday, at 7 p.m. PWHS.
“Things are coming together for us now,” Ellington said. “Our offensive line is opening holes better, and that’s creating a lot of space for me. I’d love to have our one loss to Abington back, and we’re all improving with each week. Our defense, our offense, we’re taking it day-by-day.”