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Beane, Cater set milestones in win

October 05, 1998

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Like most teams, West Virginia Wesleyan gave plenty of respect to Shepherd running back Damian Beane.

"It's not fun," Beane said of facing eight or nine men on the line of scrimmage. "But I told the guys, 'You know they're going to be in the box. They don't respect the wide receivers.'"

Big mistake.

Quarterback Matt Davis shocked the Bobcats by passing for 344 yards, and Beane still got a school record-tying four touchdowns Saturday as the Rams rode their big-play offense to a 47-31 victory on Homecoming Day.

"Our offense needed to come alive and make plays," said Shepherd coach Monte Cater, who got his 100th victory in the West Virginia Conference opener for both teams. "Sometimes we rely on our defense, but we like to have the offense set the tone."

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The tone was at the speed of sound from the very beginning. On the second play of the game, Davis found Adley Shepherd wide open on a fly pattern down the left sideline for a touchdown.

The Rams (3-1, 1-0) picked off Wesleyan quarterback Scott Gasper on his next two drives, and Beane scored after both for a 21-0 lead.

At that point, Shepherd's scoring drives consisted of two, one and five plays.

Gasper and the Bobcats (0-4, 0-1) found their mark in the second for a touchdown, and then the teams traded punts. On second down, Beane (29 carries, 183 yards) pulled out all his moves for a 59-yard score and a 28-8 lead going into the half.

"We were all on the sidelines, and I said (to Davis and Shepherd), 'Let's see who can make more big plays,'" Beane said. "By the third quarter, I was tired of it."

But someone was still making plays. Gasper - despite being sacked 10 times on the day - threw three touchdown passes in the next six minutes. Sandwiched around another Beane touchdown, the Bobcats had closed to 34-31.

"You commit people to pressure and you leave openings," Cater said. "They found them."

But that's when the Shepherd gaps closed and Davis and Shepherd both worked their way to second place in the Rams record books.

On the second play of the next drive, Davis found Shepherd (seven catches, 228 yards) for 42 yards and Colby Cloude for 36 yards and a TD on the next play for a 41-31 lead.

"They gave us big chances," Davis said. "In that case, you had better be able to throw the ball."

The Bobcats gave up one more big chance, and Davis and Shepherd took advantage on last time.

Gasper fumbled a snap at midfield and lost it. On the next play, Davis found a tightly watched Shepherd for 51 yards and the final TD.

"We knew we had to have Matt and the receivers play well," Cater said. "We had to see that we could throw when we really had to."

The Rams most certainly can.

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