Saturday, August 28, 1999


Life after Hall begins with win

Enquirer contributor

Wyoming's Adam Monday is lifted into the air by teammate Zach Novak after scoring a touchdown.
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        Wyoming's first game without Richard Hall is going to be an attention-getter for the remaining nine opponents the Cowboys will face this season.

        Minus the greatest runner in school history, Wyoming's offense racked up 377 yards and came through with a key score to beat host Kings 24-21 Friday night.

        “They're going to be better this year than last year because they have more people you have to be accountable for,” said Kings coach Andy Olds.

        Last year, Kings was the only defense to hold Hall under 100 yards in a game all season and the Knights beat Wyoming in the 1998 season opener 26-21.

        This year, containment was a harder issue.

        To be fair, Kings is much less experienced on defense. But Wyoming was without Hall and all five offensive line starters from a year ago.

        Stepping up were:

        • Senior tailback-in-waiting David Dupee, who had 126 yards in the second half on his way to a 26-carry, 182-yard night.

        • Senior quarterback Kyle Lewis, who completed 4-of-9 passes for 102 yards.

Wyoming's Scott Cryder misses a two-point conversion pass.
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        • Senior tight end Zach Novak, who starred on defense and caught two passes for 75 yards.

        • And, most impressively, senior wideout Adam Monday, who caught two passes for 46 yards, including a first-half TD, and threw the game-winning TD pass to Novak with 7:11 left.

        “We run it all the time in practice,” Monday said. “It's automatic if the safety bites. (Novak) was wide open.”

        “We just put it in this week,” Wyoming coach Bernie Barre said. “Monday is just a heckuva athlete. He just makes plays for us.”

        Wyoming got rolling on a 52-yard pass from Lewis to Novak that put the ball on the Kings' 10-yard line.

        Wyoming sophomore P.J. Pope bulled up the middle for a TD on the next play to put the Cowboys up 7-0 with 1:18 left in the first quarter.

        On the Kings' first play after the kickoff, Mike Hurley found daylight up the middle and broke free for an 80-yard TD run that tied the game.

        Monday used all of his 6-4 frame to screen off two defenders for an over-the-shoulder 28-yard TD catch on a Lewis pass with 9:01 left in the second quarter. A bad snap foiled the extra point kick, leaving Wyoming ahead 13-7.

        Wyoming kicker Drew Kaszubski boosted the lead to 16-7 with a 39-yard field goal 35 seconds before halftime.

        With 3:14 left in the third quarter, Kings quarterback Justin Dranschak completed his first pass of the night, a screen to Hurley. Hurley slipped through traffic to open field and went 71 yards for a touchdown, cutting the Wyoming lead to 16-14.

        Kings then took the lead at 21-16 with 10:27 to play when, on a third-and-1 from the Wyoming 34, Ronnie Swearingin ran hard off left tackle and cleanly broke through for the TD.

        Kings finished the night with only one pass completion and two interceptions. Hurley ran 10 times for 128 yards and Swearingin had 10 carries for 116 yards.

        Wyoming ....... 7 9 0 8-24

        Kings ....... 7 0 7 7-21

        W - Pope 10 run (Kaszubski kick)

        K - Hurley 80 run (Wilders kick)

        W - Monday 28 pass from Lewis (pass failed)

        W - Kaszubski 39 FG

        K - Hurley 71 pass from Dranschak (Wilders kick)

        K - Swearingin 34 run (Wilders kick)

        W - Novak 23 pass from Monday (Patch run)


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