Shepherd keeps on winning

September 24, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - At Shepherd University, Dervon Wallace is the "Big Man on Campus."

Not to be outdone, the players on the Shepherd defense are quickly becoming "Big Men on Campus."

Wallace rushed for 194 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns and the defense came up with several mammoth plays as Shepherd stopped Glenville State 23-6 on Saturday in front of 2,365 fans at Ram Stadium.

Shepherd (4-0, 1-0) extended its regular-season winning streak to 22 and its West Virginia Conference string to 17 straight wins.

Despite keeping Glenville off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, the win was no piece of cake for the Rams.

"They came off a game beating a team (Charleston) we thought would challenge in the conference," Cater said. "We knew they would be excited about coming here. And they had some athletes on that field."

Glenville (1-3, 1-1) pressured Shepherd between the 20s, ran six more offensive plays and possessed the football for five minutes longer than the Rams. But the Pioneers couldn't crack the steel front of the Rams when the game was still in doubt.


Following a ho-hum first period, the Rams took a 2-0 lead early in the second quarter when defensive tackle Nick Costello broke into the Glenville backfield and dropped quarterback Mike Williams for an 8-yard loss and a safety.

Wallace returned Glenville's free kick 17 yards to the Rams 46, then took a pitch from quarterback Tyler Lazear to the left, cut inside and was gone for a 54-yard score.

"They were sending the blitz from the outside and I'm able to make that cut inside because my coaches have been working with me on that," Wallace said.

Late in the second quarter, Glenville went from its own 21 to the Shepherd 2 after Shepherd's Ricky Schmitt missed a 39-yard field goal. After an incomplete pass, Dan Peters and Louis Corum stuffed Omar Taylor on a 1-yard gain. On third down, Peters and Terrance Jenkins stopped Williams for no gain.

On fourth down, with no more than 3 inches to the goal line, Taylor was nailed by outside linebacker Joey Hooks for a loss, but the Rams were called offsides. Running the play again with the nose of the football ready to kiss the goal line, inside linebackers Corum and Todd Edmondson halted Taylor for a loss as time expired in the first half.

"We had some toughness there," said Edmondson. "Today the defense was physically and mentally tough. Nobody complained about the penalty. We just went and got them again."

After being relieved by Lazear in the first half, starting QB Dan Chlebowski returned to direct a 6-play, 68-yard march to open the third period, capped by a 2-yard scamper by Wallace for a 16-0 lead. Chlebowski had a 28-yard pass to Mike Springirth that set up Wallace's score.

Glenville again rolled on offense, moving from its 17 to the Shepherd 7. On third-and-1, Jared Dearing fumbled after being crunched by Peters and Bobby Jarvis pounced on the loose ball for Shepherd, halting another Pioneers effort.

Early in the fourth quarter, Glenville put together a 13-play, 85-yard drive that Shepherd couldn't stop as Williams found Tavon McGee from 18 yards out.

Shepherd answered two possessions later as Craig Tremmel returned a punt 31 yards to the Glenville 36. Wallace scored from 23 yards out, giving him nine touchdowns on the season.

"Our defense kept (Glenville) from establishing anything consistently, especially since I thought we contained their outside pretty good," said Cater.

Cater also said the Rams had some problems with Glenville's pass rush and defensive coverage, which led himto change from Chlebowski to Lazear for a short time in the first half.

"We were a little frustrated and I know (Chlebowski) was frustrated, too," said Cater. "Glenville pinched us all over on defense. Tyler did a good job when he was in."

Chlebowski had a subpar passing performance going 7 of 14 for only 69 yards with two interceptions.

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