Cowboys Close Out Spring Training With Snowy Finale

April 15, 2000


It was the Spring Game, but onecould not have guessed by the looks of things as the Wyoming football teamclosed out its spring training in a driving snowstorm at its south practicecomplex.

The spring finale was scheduled for War Memorial Stadium but becauseof the conditions it was decided that the game would be too damaging to theplaying surface. The options? Either play inside in War MemorialFieldhouse, or go to the practice complex.

"The kids wanted to go out, and playing indoors would not have givenus what we were looking for," Koenning said following the game. "So wedecided to go out, and we got it done, got it on tape and accomplished whatwe set out to do.

"I really want to thank our facilities crew who got that field readyfor us," Koenning said. "They worked extremely hard on short notice to getthat done, and that's what the term 'team' means. Everyone workingtogether. That effort was very much appreciated."

For the record the Brown team, comprised of the first unitsoffensively and defensively, defeated the White squad, made up of theremainder of the team, 21-14. The conditions were not ideal for offense tobe sure as only two offensive touchdowns were scored. One of the rules ofthe game called for the White squad to begin with a 14-0 lead. It did notscore, while the Brown team scored on a running play, a pass play, and aninterception return by its defense.

The Brown offense received a nine-yard touchdown run from transferNate Scott, and a aerial hook-up from senior quarterback Jay Stoner tosenior wide receiver Alex English. The play covered 20 yards. Sophomoredefensive end Brandon Casavan tipped a pass from White quarterback BrandonNeill, snagged it in midair and raced 40 yards for the only other touchdownof the afternoon.

"I was really proud of the performance of our running backs,"Koenning said. I know Nate (Scott) was hurting (hip pointer), but he hungin there and played hard. (Derek) Armah also played well. Both of themshowed the toughness we are going to need from that position."

Koenning also announced following the game that sophomore runningback Cliff Brye was dismissed from the team. "It was a hard thing to do,"He said of his decision. "But when you got a bunch of guys working hard totry and do everything right, and there's one going seemingly working to doeverything wrong, it's time to make a decision. We'll move on, we have to,and I think we have some guys who will step up and fill that void."

Scott rushed eight times for 67 yards and the touchdown. Armahfollowed that up with seven carries for 27 yards. For the White team,junior Aaron Frude had nine for 35 yards.

Stoner had a solid day for the Brown squad completing 12 of 17passes for 111 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Redshirt freshmanCasey Bramlet played well completing six of seven for 72 yards. SophomoreBrandon Neill was three of seven for 28 yards. The top target turned out tobe redshirt junior Meredeth Maxwell who caught four balls for 42 yards. Heplayed on the White squad. Redshirt freshman Terrance Reese, also playingfor the White team, looked good with three catches for 39 yards, whilesophomore Dustin Ralph caught three for 33 yards for the Whites. MattSwanson and Malcom Floyd each caught three, Swanson for 19 yards and Floydfor 13 and Brock Ralph caught two for 34 yards all for the Brown team. AlexEnglish caught the touchdown pass for his lone reception.

For the game the two teams rushed for 136 yards and gained 211through the air in the snowy conditions.

Defensively linebackers Herman White (7 tackles), Kwabena Peprah (5tackles) and bandit Patrick Chukwurah (5 tackles) stood out for the Brownsquad. Safety Pete Merrill had an interception for 22 yards as did Casavan.Linebacker John Wilson had a big day for the White team with eight tacklesand a sack and transfer tackle Chad Beuhler produced five tackles and twosacks for losses of 13 yards. Linebacker Tim Glynn had four tackles and asack.

At halftime of the game Koenning announced to the squad and thecrowd gathered at the practice facility the spring football awards as wellas introduced the captains for the 2000 season. As voted by their teammatesthe captains for the season are Jay Stoner on offense, Patrick Chukwurah ondefense and Mark Sheller and Leo Caires on special teams. In addition, thehead coach said he would select one player per week as a game captain.

Stoner and Chukwurah also were selected as the Offensive andDefensive Most Valuable Players of the spring. The Most Improved awardswent to receiver Malcom Floyd and defensive back Lamar James. The CowboyEffort awards for the hardest workers went to fullback Darth Tesinsky anddefensive end Jon Aimone.

Rushing                 Att.    Gain    Loss    Net     TD#34 Nate Scott, rb        8       69      2     67      1                                                     (9-yd TD run)#46 Aaron Frude, rb       9       37      2     35      0#28 Derek Armah, rb       7       27      0     27      0#44 Darth Tesinsky, fb    1        5      0      5      0#20 Dustin Ralph, wr      1        2      0      2      0Totals                   26      140      4    136      1

Passing Att-Comp. Comp.% Yards Int/TD#11 Jay Stoner, qb 17-12 .705 111 0/1#14 Casey Bramlet, qb 7-6 .857 72 0/0#13 Brandon Neill, qb 7-3 .428 28 2/0 31-21 .677 211 2/1

Receiving Rec. Yards TDs#21 Meredeth Maxwell 4 42 0#12 Terrance Reese 3 39 0#20 Dustin Ralph 3 33 0#15 Matt Swanson 3 19 0#88 Malcom Floyd 3 13 0#80 Brock Ralph 2 34 0#87 Alex English 1 20 1 (20-yd TD catch)#24 Ben Martin 1 7 0#44 Darth Tesinsky 1 4 0Totals 21 211 1

Defense Tackles QB Sacks Int. Fumbles# 1 Sidney Lewis 2# 2 Patrick Chukwurah 5# 4 Pete Merrill 1 1 for 22# 4D Clint Culliton 1# 8 Zach Rutten 1# 9 Lamar James 2#12 Tim Glynn 4 1 for -8#17 Adrian Hill 3#25 David Martin 2#27 John Levingston Jr. 4 1 FF#29 Allen Bridgeman 2#32 Rich Sweeny 2#33 Ryan Calahan 3#40 Kwabena Peprah 5#42 Matt Klotz 3#50 Leo Caires 4#52 John Wilson 8 1 for -3#54 Herman White 7#77 Tyrice Bradley 2 1.5 for -12#86 Casey Adams 1#90 Justin Scott 2 0.5 for -9#91 Brandon Casavan 1 for 40 and a TD#95 Jon Aimone 4 1 for -7#96 Joe Anderson 1#97 Chad Beuhler 5 2 for -13#98 Kendrick Rawls 3