“It sure is a heck of a lot better to be 1-0 in your subregion than 0-1.” Pope head coach Matt Kemper said. “Osborne is a dangerous football team and Coach Smith is doing an unbelievable job down there.”
After opening up the second half with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Wolf to Mason Shiflett to take a 28-14 lead, Pope took advantage of a timely mistake by the Cardinals.
Osborne had driven to the Pope 9-yard line when quarterback Craig Robinson fumbled the ball. The Greyhounds recovered and proceeded to march 91 yards to push their advantage to 35-14.
“We turned the ball over down there and we had an opportunity to score, and we didn’t score which would’ve brought the game back, and a chance to be in the game,” Osborne coach Xarvia Smith said.
The Greyhounds finished the night with a balanced 248 yards passing and 246 yards rushing. Wolf led the way with 390 — 248 passing, 142 rushing — total yards.
“With our personnel, it’s paramount that we are very balanced, we don’t have true running backs, the quarterback has to be a running threat for us and he did a great job of that (Friday),” Kemper said.
In addition to Wolf’s efforts, Shiflett scored three rushing touchdowns and Logan Carr added two.
Both the Greyhounds and Cardinals found success moving the ball in the first half as they each put together long scoring drives.
Pope started with touchdown drives of 67 and 60 yards that were capped by Carr touchdown runs of 23 and 3 yards for a 14-0 lead.
The Cardinals responded with a 15-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 21-yard touchdown run by Tra Wynn to cut the lead in half.
Pope answered with an 8-play, 77-yard drive, which was finished by a 4-yard touchdown run by Shiflett.
Robinson’s 12-yard run trimmed the Pope lead to 21-14 going into the half.
Robinson was the Cardinals primary offensive threat as he amassed 163 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and passed for 139 yards.