Backups help Poly advance, 28-6 3A football

November 14, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

If they never play another varsity football game, Poly juniors Jackie Wise and Francis Giles might merit varsity letters for their poise in yesterday's 28-6 Class 3A quarterfinal victory over No. 13 Howard.

The top-ranked Engineers' Greg Kyler (1,113 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns) turned in a stellar performance with 254 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns although Poly was out-gained, 251-248.

While Kyler (12 carries, 129 yards) was held to six yards and a touchdown in the first half, Wise, Giles and senior running back Louie Randall (20 carries, 72 yards) rose to the occasion.

With quarterback Charles English out with a knee injury and tight end Quory Paige nursing a groin injury, Wise called signals and Giles replaced Paige.

Wise completed just two of five passes for 24 yards, but the second was a 13-yard scoring strike to Giles with 6:57 left in the second quarter, set up by Kyler's 45-yard punt return to the Howard 15. They hooked up for the conversion pass also, giving the Engineers (10-0) a 15-0 lead that stood at halftime.

"Those new kids and our second-string center, Dwayne Powell -- my heart goes out to them for hanging tough," said Poly coach Augie Waibel.

Along with English and Paige -- who played sparingly -- running back Randy Beamon and center Will Smith are nursing injuries. All should return for next week's semifinal against fourth seed C. Milton Wright (10-1).

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