Rams trounce Falcons for title, wait for bid

November 10, 2012

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Senior quarterback Bobby Cooper completed 27-of-38 passes for a school-record 430 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday to help Shepherd University clinch the WVIAC title with a 49-23 win over Fairmont State.    

Shepherd earned its 18th overall and 15th outright WVIAC football title, both league records. 

The Rams (8-2, 7-1) now await word on their postseason seeding today. Shepherd will host a viewing event for the Division II Football Selection show today at 5 p.m. at the Wellness Center.

Fairmont State took a 3-0 lead on a 34-yard field goal by Johnny Dearstine at the 10:00 mark of the first quarter.

Shepherd answered back on a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Jihad Rasheed with 5:34 left in the first quarter to a take a 7-3 lead as Ryan Earls added the extra point. Allen Cross gave the Rams a 14-3 lead at the end of the first quarter with a 3-yard run with 54 seconds left.

The Falcons rallied to take a 16-14 lead in the second quarter on a pair of Bobby Vega touchdown passes. Vega connected on a 5-yard score with Kendrick Washington with 12:59 to go in the half before finding Chris St. Hilaire on a 6-yard scoring strike with 1:50 left in the second quarter.

David Carter blocked the extra point for Shepherd.

The Rams countered with two touchdowns in the final minute of the half for a 28-16 lead at the intermission.

Rasheed scored from the 1 with 58 seconds left before Cooper hit Billy Brown on a 23-yard scoring strike with 18 seconds left in the half.

Shepherd took control of the game with the first score of the second half as Cooper hit Trevor Turner on a 46-yard scoring strike with 8:10 left in the third quarter. He added a 44-yard scoring pass to Dalton Boyd with 56 seconds remaining in the quarter for a 42-16 lead.

Cross closed Shepherd’s scoring a with a 2-yard run with 8:18 remaining.

Tyler Pate hit Sean Marion on an 11-yard scoring pass with 2:25 left in the game to account for Fairmont’s final score.

Rasheed rushed 17 times for a game-high 95 yards to lead the Rams. Shepherd had 608 yards of total offense. Shepherd limited the Falcons to minus-11 rushing yards on 16 carries.

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