Saturday, November 06, 1999

Ironton (6-3) vs. Wyoming (9-1)


Tonight's playoff preview

        • Where: Wyoming Stadium, 106 Pendery Ave., Wyoming.

        • Tickets: $5.

        • Regular Season: The teams didn't play and had no common opponents.

        • Playoff History: Ironton will be making a Division IV-record 18th appearance, all under coach Bob Lutz. The Tigers have amassed a 25-15 playoff record while winning two state titles (1979, 1989). Wyoming won the state championship in 1977 under Bob Lewis, who's grandson, Kyle Lewis, is the starting quarterback. The Cowboys will be making their ninth appearance and have a 7-7 record.

        • Credentials: This is another example of a team (Wyoming) finishing No.1 in the Harbin Computer Rankings and drawing a tough first-round opponent.

        Although Ironton has a 7-3 record, two of the losses were to Division III schools. It features a diversified offense and wears the same uniforms as the Cleveland Browns. Defensively, Ironton seldom blitzes, preferring to read the play and then go to the ball.

        Wyoming hasn't been dominating since fullback/linebacker Scott Cryder was injured four weeks ago. But the Cowboys have a diversified offense that will be key.

        • Key Players: Ironton: Tailback Jason Harmon has rushed for 1,636 yards and scored 26 TDs, four as a receiver. Quarterback Jim Peyton is an excellent passer and has three outstanding receivers.

        Wyoming: Tailback David Dupee is one of Wyoming's major offensive weapons. He has scored 16 touchdowns and rushed for 1,654 yards on 229 carries.

        • Key Statistics: Both teams have diversified offenses. Ironton averages 198 yards rushing and 147 passing. Wyoming has two outstanding runnings backs (Dupee and P.J. Pope) who average nearly 200 yards a game. Lewis averages fewer than 75 passing yards a game.

        Like Wyoming, Ironton is also missing a key player, Reggie Arden, a fullback/middle linebacker who is out for the season.

        • If Ironton wins: It would be a major upset, which isn't uncommon for a team with a fabled playoff history.

        • If Wyoming wins: The Cowboys will earn a rematch with either Madeira or Indian Hill, teams with which the Cowboys shared the CHL title in 1999.

        • The quote: “The team that has the most success throwing the ball will have the advantage,” Wyoming coach Bernie Barre said. “Ironton's an awful good team. Although they lost to Columbus DeSales, they were without four starters.”

       



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