The Turpin Spartans moved to 2-0 on the young season with 35-20 win over the Wyoming Cowboys on Friday night in a battle of two of the top three teams in the latest QueenCityHigh.com / FOX19 Division II-III Rankings.
Wyoming (1-1) brought an attack that kept the Spartans defense on their toes, even without starting quarterback Kyle Seyfried, who is out five weeks after suffering a broken foot in the team's opener. However, the Spartans were still unable to answer the final call with a balanced attack.
Many speculated that without Seyfried, a Second-Team All-TriStateFootball.com quarterback, that Turpin would easily handle Wyoming. That would not be the case.
Turpin (2-0) head coach Rob Stoll was among those that walked away impressed with the way the Cowboys still moved the ball.
"That young man (Seyferid) is such a talent we were in shock that they could be so efficient offensively," Stoll said.
After a few series of no scores, Wyoming was the first team to put points on the board with a 14-yard pass from backup Robert Gomez to Jonathan Tighe, a favorite target for Gomez throughout the battle.
The Spartans answered before the end of the quarter with quarterback Eric Martin running the ball into the end zone from 14 yards out. Martin added 143 yards and two touchdowns through the air on 10-of-15 passing.
Not far into the second quarter the Cowboys fumbled and Drew Davis recovered it for the Spartans. In the series, Martin hooked up with Shade Whitfield for another Spartans' score.
Shade Whitfield would prove to be a major weapon for the Spartans along with running back Will Stocker.
In the third quarter Stocker was able to put his own points on the board with a 34-yard run. Stocker rushed for 171 yards on the night, averaging 7.8 yards per carry with the help of his offensive line.
Another touchdown in the third quarter for the Spartans would put a discouraging depth between the teams. The Cowboys did answer though with a 3- yard run by Drew Perry for his second touchdown of the game, but before long the Spartans were back at it with a 1-yard run from Martin, clenching the game.
The Spartans were able to outscore the Cowboys and keep their record of beating all non-conference opponents outside the FAVC since Badin in 2005.
Turpin plays host to Indian Hill in Week 3. Meanwhile, Wyoming heads to Norwood.
Written by: Jillian Huber, TriStateFootball.com