Friday, September 10, 1999
WYOMING 21, FINNEYTOWN 13
Converted LB runs for 2 touchdowns
BY DAVE SCHUTTE
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Linebacker P.J. Pope didn't expect to play for the Wyoming offense Thursday against Finneytown, but when pressed into action, the 15-year-old sophomore responded.
Pope scored two touchdowns and made a two-point conversion run to help the Cowboys to a 21-13 win over the Wildcats at Finneytown Stadium.
We put P.J. in the lineup because David (Dupee) was kicked in the leg and couldn't run, Wyoming coach Bernie Barre said. He has played well the first two games and again tonight.
After entering the game with less than six minutes remaining before halftime, Pope took a handoff from quarterback Kyle Lewis, broke to the right, and ran 49 yards for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie.
I don't think the Finneytown defense thought I would get the ball on the TD run, Pope said. Scott Cryder threw a great block to spring me loose.
Pope delivered what turned out to be the crushing blow in the fourth quarter, scoring on a one-yard run with 9:55 remaining. He then ran in a two-point conversion for a seemingly safe 21-7 lead.
However, Finneytown didn't give up.
Pinned deep in their own territory with time running out, quarterback Jason Garner completed an 88-yard pass to Jason Heard for a touchdown , cutting Wyoming's lead to 21-13.
But a bad snap on the conversion thwarted the attempted kick.
Wyoming then ran out the clock with Lewis' 35-yard run the big play on the second-to-last play of the game.
We lost the battle up front, Finneytown coach Bruce Dixon said. We knew they had two good backs and we weren't surprised at Pope.
Pope ended the game with 98 yards on 10 carries, and Dupee was the leading rusher with 105 yards.
WYOMING ....... 7 6 0 821
FINNEYTOWN ....... 0 7 0 613
WDupee 7 run (Smiley kick)
FHeard 16 run (Horwarth kick)
WPope 49 run (kick wide)
WPope 1 run (Pope run)
FHeard 88 pass from Gardner (kick failed)
Records: W 3-0, 1-0 CHL; F 2-1, 0-1 CHL.
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