SU runs past St. Joseph’s
RENSSELAER, Ind. – Senior running back Tommy Addison (Germantown, Md./Quince Orchard) had 11 carries for 85 yards and three touchdowns and junior quarterback Bobby Cooper (Davidsonville, Md./South River) completed 16-of-25 passes for 218 yards and a score to lead Shepherd University to a 45-7 win over St. Joseph’s in football action at Alumni Stadium.
Shepherd took a 7-0 lead with 1:12 left in the first quarter when Addison broke through for an 18-yard touchdown scamper. Senior kicker Eric Dobratz (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) added the extra point.
Addison found a seam and added a 15-yard touchdown with 11:24 left in the second quarter to give the Rams a 14-0 lead.
St. Joseph’s cut the lead to 14-7 with 8:59 left in the second quarter on a four-yard scoring pass from Billy VandeMerkt to EJ Woody.
Shepherd took a 21-7 led into the break when Cooper teamed with senior wide receiver Nikkolai Norrell (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) on a 24-yard scoring pass with 1:56 left in the half.
The Rams increased their lead to 28-7 when Addison broke outside on a 19-yard scoring jaunt with 9:59 left in the third quarter.
Dobratz connected on a 26-yard field goal with 5:53 left in the third quarter to extend the Shepherd lead to 31-7.
Redshirt-freshman running back Kevin Williams (Clinton, Md./Suitland) rambled 24 yards for a score with 12:43 left in the fourth quarter to give the Rams a 38-7 advantage.
A 20-yard scoring run by sophomore running back Kenny Williams (Elgin, Ill./Eastern Illinois), with 7:58 remaining, to completed the scoring.
Sophomore running Michael Haynes (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) led all rushers with seven carries for 96 yards. Kenny Williams added 12 carries for 92 yards. Jake McFadden had 31 yards to pace the Pumas.
Norrell led all Shepherd receivers with six catches for 94 yards. Woody had 10 catches for 90 yards to lead the Pumas.
Shepherd accumulated 543 yards of total offense in the game with 325 yards coming on the ground. The Rams limited St. Joseph’s to 244 total offensive yards and only 64 yards on the ground.
Junior linebacker Leons Kabongo (Woodbridge, Va./Wheaton) each had seven tackles to lead the Ram defense. Ben Gomes had a game-high 17 tackles for St. Joseph’s.
Shepherd improves to 2-0 and hosts Seton Hill Saturday at noon for Hall of Fame Weekend.