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Shepherd -Shippensburg - Always a game to remember

September 09, 2002

If recent history is any indication, when Shepherd College opens a football season of high expectations this afternoon at Shippensburg, the outcome won't be decided until the final snap.

In seven of the last nine years, the Great Valley Classic - what has in most cases been the opener for both colleges over the last decade - has been decided by four points or less, including the Rams' 28-25 victory over the Red Raiders last year.

Shepherd has won the last two against Shippensburg. Prior to that, the Rad Raiders took six of seven against the Rams.

The Rams moved up two spots in the American Football Coaches (NCAA Division II) Poll this week to No. 20 despite having yet to take the field.

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In last year's victory over Shippensburg, running back Travis Lynch carried the offense with 183 yards on 40 carries and quarterback Joel Gordon completed 17 of 25 passes for 183 yards. Both return as the keys to Shepherd's offense.

Gordon opens the season needing 1,165 passing yards, eight touchdowns and 64 completions to become the Rams' career leader in all three categories, while head coach Monte Cater need five wins to become the school's all-time winningest coach.

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