Steele returns Rams to win column

September 12, 2009

FAIRMONT, W.Va -- Junior Deante Steele ran back both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns to lead Shepherd University to a 27-14 win over Fairmont State in a West Virginia Conference game at Duvall-Rosier Field on Saturday.

Steele returned the opening kickoff 93 yards to give the Rams (2-1, 1-0) a quick 7-0 lead.

Shepherd made it 13-0 minutes later when Steele fielded a Fairmont punt at the Rams 30-yard line and raced 70 yards. The extra point attempt was blocked by Drew Rossignol.

Fairmont State (0-3, 0-1) cut the lead to 13-7 when Derek Taylor connected with Stephan Johnson on a 3-yard scoring pass with 4:27 left in the half.

Shepherd increased its lead to 20-7 when sophomore Tommy Addison ran 5 yards for a touchdown with 9:02 left in the third quarter.


The Rams made it 27-7 minutes later when junior quarterback Kevin Clancy teamed with sophomore Neal Hardie on a 66-yard scoring strike.

The Falcons answered back on the last play of the third quarter when Taylor hit Derek Sevier on a 31-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 27-14 and complete the scoring.

Clancy completed 8 of 11 passes for 113 yards and a score for Shepherd. Taylor connected on 11 of 25 passes for 164 yards and a pair of scores for the Falcons.

Addison led all rushers with 105 yards on 18 carries for the Rams. Junior Jimmy Sutch, a Saint James graduate, added 91 yards on 21 attempts.

Fairmont's Perry Baker led all receivers with four receptions for 91 yards.

Junior linebacker Brian Taylor had seven tackles to pace the Rams defense. Nate Black had eight tackles for the Falcons.

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