FAIRMONT - Junior quarterback Bobby Cooper (Davidsonville, Md./South River) completed 12-of-23 passes for 160 yards and a pair of scores while senior running back Tommy Addison (Germantown, Md./Quince Orchard) rushed for a game-high 114 yards on 22 carries to lead Shepherd University to a 38-21 win over Fairmont State in WVIAC football action at Duvall-Rosier Stadium on Saturday.
Shepherd took a 3-0 lead with 22 seconds left in the first quarter when senior kicker Eric Dobratz (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) connected on a 22-yard field goal.
The Rams increased their lead to 10-0 when sophomore running back Kenny Williams (Elgin, Ill./Eastern Illinois) scored on a one-yard plunge with 12:28 left in the second quarter.
Fairmont State cut the lead to 10-7 minutes later when Logan Moore connected with Chris St. Hillaire on a nine-yard scoring strike.
Ryland Newman returned a punt 72 yards for a score with 7:51 left in the second quarter to give the Falcons a 14-10 lead at the break.
Shepherd took a 17-14 lead with 9:18 left in the third quarter when junior quarterback Bobby Cooper (Davidsonville, Md./South River) teamed with senior wide receiver Neal Hardie (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) on a 22-yard score.
Eric Dobratz (280 career points) became the all-time leading kick scorer in WVIAC history surpassing the old mark of 275 set by West Liberty's Billy Hager (2005-08).
Neal Hardie (102) became just the eighth player in program history to record 100 receptions or more in a career.
Elijah Davis returned his fourth interception of the year for a score.
Shepherd has a total of eight touchdowns on interception returns this season.
The Rams increased their lead to 24-14 when Kenny Williams scored on a two-yard run with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.
Senior cornerback Elijah Davis (Silver Spring, Md./Wheaton) picked off a pass and raced 80 yards for a score with 13:30 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Rams a 31-14 advantage.
Cooper tossed a two-yard scoring pass to Hardie with 10:44 left in the fourth quarter to up the lead to 38-14.
Moore scored on a four-yard run with 7:50 remaining in the fourth quarter for the Falcons to complete the scoring.
Moore connected on 16-of-30 passes for 171 yards for the Falcons.
Williams added 14 carries for 54 yards for the Rams. Moore rushed 18 times for 30 yards to lead the Falcons.
Senior wide receiver Nikkolai Norrell (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) had four catches for 48 yards and Hardie added four grabs for 40 yards. St. Hillaire had seven catches for 86 yards for Fairmont.
Shepherd totaled 321 yards of total offense while Fairmont State had 214 with just 43 coming on the ground.
Sophomore defensive lineman Mike Franklin (Elkridge, Md./Long Reach) recorded nine tackles and sophomore defensive end Howard Jones (Woodbridge, Va./Freedom) totaled four tackles-for-loss with three sacks to pace the Shepherd defense. Dewey McDonald had 12 tackles to lead the Pioneers.
Shepherd improves to 9-2, 6-2 in WVIAC action, while Fairmont State drops to 7-4, 4-4.