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Rams, Red Raiders set for Great Valley Classic

September 01, 2007

Shippensburg at Shepherd

Today: 1 p.m. at Ram Stadium (Shepherdstown, W.Va.)

Audio: www.shepherdrams.com

Video: www.cstv.com

Shippensburg Red Raiders (5-6 in 2006)

Head coach: Rocky Rees (102-86-1, 17th season at SU; 138-101-2, 23rd season overall)

Formations: Offense - Wing-T; Defense: 4-3

Returning stat leaders:

Rushing - Aaron Dykes (139 for 514 yds)

Passing - Gabe Maiocco (63-161-5, 861 yds)

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Receptions - Howard Chavous (26 for 303 yds)

Tackles - Jaron Nalewak (78 TT, 23 TFL)

Shepherd Rams (1-0)

Head coach: Monte Cater (141-69-1, 21st season at SU; 171-92-2, 27th season overall)

Formations: Offense - Multiple I; Defense - 4-4

Stat leaders:

Rushing - Dervon Wallace (24 for 195 yds, 2 TDs)

Passing - Tyler Lazear (12-17-0, 104 yds)

Receptions - Mark Springirth (4 for 49 yds)

Tackles - Joey Hooks (9 TT)

The series

Shippensburg leads, 26-15.

Last season's meeting: Dervon Wallace rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown as Shepherd won a road defensive battle 14-0 over Shippensburg. ... Wallace's 23-yard scoring rush midway through the fourth quarter helped the Rams get some breathing room. ... Aaron Dykes led Ship with 77 rushing yards on 15 carries. ... Shepherd safety Dan Peters picked off three passes in the victory. ... The Rams held a 197-171 advantage in total offense.

Game notes

The 10th annual renewal of the Great Valley Classic will be available to a national audience via the CSTV webcast. ... Shepherd owns a 5-4 edge in Great Valley Classic contests, but Shippensburg has the 26-15 overall series lead. ... Shepherd won its 30th straight regular-season contest last Saturday in a 36-7 romp past Millersville. .. Backup tailback Vincent Riggs scored three touchdowns for the Rams, while Harlon Hill Trophy candidate Dervon Wallace added a pair. ... Shepherd has limited 10 of its past 13 opponents to seven points or less. ... Millersville's only score last week came on a fourth-quarter punt return. ... The Rams limited Millersville to 88 yards of total offense. ... MU only completed 2 of 8 passes for 11 yards. ... The traditionally strong Rams special teams did struggle, allowing a punt-return touchdown and missing two extra points in the opener. ... Monte Cater's squad is ranked No. 8 by D2football.com and No. 9 by the American Football Coaches Association. ... Shippensburg is picked to finish fourth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's Western Division. ... The Red Raiders have 13 starters returning from last season's 5-6 squad. ... Red Raiders kicker Jamie Reder has made 35 of 44 career field goals. ... Both head coaches are among the top nine active winningest coaches in Division II.

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