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Greeley Stampede Rodeo: C.J. Scheller, Justin Johnson develop strong rapport in team roping

S. Scott Rosenberg Greeley, Colo.

Eric Bellamy/ebellamy@greeleytribune.comJustin Johnson, left, and C.J. Scheller, of Ault, participate in the team roping at the Greeley Stampede on Friday.

C.J. Scheller and Justin Johnson haven’t roped as a team for long, but they might think about it for the long term.

Scheller, who hails from Ault, and Johnson, of Casper, Wyo., likely will return Sunday for the finals of the Greeley Stampede. Their time of 6.9 seconds in the go-round Friday gives them an aggregate mark of 14.9 seconds.

“We’re pretty happy. We’re glad to make it back,” Scheller said.

The fastest aggregate time so far in the team roping is the 11.6 of Kaleb Driggers and Cody Doescher.

The pair of longtime cowboys had experienced success in the past – Scheller was a year-end winner in 2006, and Johnson claimed titles in 1998-99, but they found themselves without partners to start this season and decided to give a partnership a shot.

So far, so good.

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“It’s worked out great,” Johnson said. “This is our seventh or eighth rodeo, and we’re just getting going.”

Part of the success has occurred even with Johnson changing his job inside the arena. For the first time in his career, Johnson has become a fulltime heeler. Although the job he executes is different, Johnson credited Scheller for setting him up well.

“He’s definitely the quarterback, I guess, of the team,” Johnson said. “My job is to catch the pass and make sure it gets completed.”

Scheller is the third on the Mountain States Circuit among headers, and Johnson is the third-best heeler. A solid showing at the Stampede would further their pursuit of a strong season.

“This is a pretty big circuit rodeo for us,” Scheller said.

Clint Cannon, of Waller, Texas, also is looking for a strong bareback showing at the Stampede and should be back thanks to an 80 aboard Super Man, the high mark of Friday’s go-round. Although he didn’t know much about his ride, Super Man, Cannon felt good enough to be in the mix for the finals.

Cannon, who said he enjoyed his first trip to Greeley in four or five years, made his first National Finals Rodeo appearance last year, finishing the year second in the world. The high finish capped a memorable season in which he set the PRCA the record for money won at one rodeo – $59,500 at RodeoHouston.

His staying power represented a prime reason for the success – he was not bucked off despite participating in 97 rodeos and more than 200 rides.

“I just went and got on every single horse there was in the country,” said Cannon, who had to leave Greeley almost immediately after his ride to catch a plane to Utah where he’ll compete again today.

“I didn’t buck off a single horse all year, and I didn’t turn a single horse out. I just rode and had fun all year.”

After returning in March from injuries that included a dislocated collar bone and concussion, Cannon is sixth this season with $36,358 and wants to keep climbing.

“I had to make a big comeback, but I’m coming,” he said.

C.J. Scheller and Justin Johnson haven’t roped as a team for long, but they might think about it for the long term.

Scheller, who hails from Ault, and Johnson, of Casper, Wyo., likely will return Sunday for the finals of the Greeley Stampede. Their time of 6.9 seconds in the go-round Friday gives them an aggregate mark of 14.9 seconds.

“We’re pretty happy. We’re glad to make it back,” Scheller said.

The fastest aggregate time so far in the team roping is the 11.6 of Kaleb Driggers and Cody Doescher.

The pair of longtime cowboys had experienced success in the past – Scheller was a year-end winner in 2006, and Johnson claimed titles in 1998-99, but they found themselves without partners to start this season and decided to give a partnership a shot.

So far, so good.

“It’s worked out great,” Johnson said. “This is our seventh or eighth rodeo, and we’re just getting going.”

Part of the success has occurred even with Johnson changing his job inside the arena. For the first time in his career, Johnson has become a fulltime heeler. Although the job he executes is different, Johnson credited Scheller for setting him up well.

“He’s definitely the quarterback, I guess, of the team,” Johnson said. “My job is to catch the pass and make sure it gets completed.”

Scheller is the third on the Mountain States Circuit among headers, and Johnson is the third-best heeler. A solid showing at the Stampede would further their pursuit of a strong season.

“This is a pretty big circuit rodeo for us,” Scheller said.

Clint Cannon, of Waller, Texas, also is looking for a strong bareback showing at the Stampede and should be back thanks to an 80 aboard Super Man, the high mark of Friday’s go-round. Although he didn’t know much about his ride, Super Man, Cannon felt good enough to be in the mix for the finals.

Cannon, who said he enjoyed his first trip to Greeley in four or five years, made his first National Finals Rodeo appearance last year, finishing the year second in the world. The high finish capped a memorable season in which he set the PRCA the record for money won at one rodeo – $59,500 at RodeoHouston.

His staying power represented a prime reason for the success – he was not bucked off despite participating in 97 rodeos and more than 200 rides.

“I just went and got on every single horse there was in the country,” said Cannon, who had to leave Greeley almost immediately after his ride to catch a plane to Utah where he’ll compete again today.

“I didn’t buck off a single horse all year, and I didn’t turn a single horse out. I just rode and had fun all year.”

After returning in March from injuries that included a dislocated collar bone and concussion, Cannon is sixth this season with $36,358 and wants to keep climbing.

“I had to make a big comeback, but I’m coming,” he said.