Clipped From The Cincinnati Enquirer
28 THE CINCINNATI Wyoming Romps To By DENNY DRESSMAN . Enquirer Sports Reporter ; City scoring leader Greg Searcy of Wyoming, a halfback halfback by trade, has thrown only two passes in his high school career. The first one fell incomplete incomplete last season, but the second went for a 75-yard 75-yard 75-yard touchdown with exactly two minutes left in the first hair Friday night and ignited an awesome, 51-8 51-8 51-8 rout of Greenhills before a record crowd of 4000 at Wyoming Stadium. - In a game of big plays the Cowboys scored five times from distances of 30 yards or more as they ran their record to 9-0 9-0 9-0 and wrapped up the Hamilton County . League National Division championship. Wyoming's ' biggest point total of the season resulted in the first Greenhills loss of the year. Searcy stunned the Pioneers Pioneers less than two minutes Saturday, into the game by taking a handoff from Fred Jacobs on a punt return reverse, faking two tacklers then racing 80 yards for his only' touchdown of the night. . "We do that all the time," said Wyoming coach Bob Lewis, "and we usually break two or three for touchdowns each year. But this was the first successful punt return we've had this season. We wanted to try it right away to put them in a hole if we could." Less than a minute later Wyoming increased its lead to 15-0 15-0 15-0 as Steve Fletcher made his first of two pass interceptions and carried it 33 yards for a score. When Wyoming's offensive offensive unit finally made it on the field for the first time, over five minutes of the game had passed and the Greenhills defense refused to yield. ENQUIRER November 2, 1974 "You get two easy touchdowns touchdowns at the start like that and you tend to let down," Lewis said. "We were a little foggy at first," agreed quarterback ' Mike McCracken. Greenhills struck fora bomb of its own with 2:16 left in the first half when Ron Shiver hit Eric Lampl for a 45-yard 45-yard 45-yard TD pass Lampl's first scoring reception reception of the year. It appeared that play might spark a Greenhills comeback, but Searcy changed that on the next play. Taking a handoff from McCracken, he floated his first completion in history to end Brian Smith, who outraced a startled Greenhills Greenhills secondary the final 45 of the 75 yards to make it 21-8. 21-8. 21-8. "It was a key call," Lewis gasped. "We needed a big one after they scored on that pass. If it had stayed 15-8 15-8 15-8 at Title, halftime it might have been an entirely different game. It was the turning point." Lewis installed the play earlier this week just for this game. "We practiced it every day," said Searcy. "I was hoping I'd get to throw. I knew we could score on it." . Searcy, the city's second-leading second-leading second-leading ground-gainer, ground-gainer, ground-gainer, had been limited to 26 yards rushing in the first half, and Jacobs, who ranks third, had only 18 in seven tries. Fred, the brother of former Wyoming all-city all-city all-city back Norm Jacobs, broke loose in the second half. He raced 67 yards for a TD with 9:17 left in the third period and later added scoring runs of 15 and 40 yards. He finished the night with 215 yards in 15 carries 198 on seven in the second half. "Mr. Lewis told us at half-time half-time half-time that Wyoming was 51-8 51-8 51-8 going to luck out because the offense was nothing," Freddie related. "We had to do something about that." Greenhills finished with only 15 yards net rushing in 25 carries against Wyoming's Wyoming's vaunted ground defense, defense, but the big story was the pass defense. Shiver, city passing yardage leader with 862 yards, managed only three completions in 16 tries for 59 yards. "We weren't really rushing him that well," said tackle and co-captain co-captain co-captain Mark McAu-ley, McAu-ley, McAu-ley, who accounted for- for- two' points with a safety. "He was running around and -still -still had enough time to throw. But his receivers were covered all night. Our defensive backs did the job." The largest previous Wyoming Wyoming crowd totaled 2700 in 1964 also for a title game against Greenhills. Wyoming Wyoming won that one, 8-0. 8-0. 8-0.