Feiss and Allen: One-two pass-catching combo
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Ryan Feiss is a quick-silver pass receiver with darting moves. Wanya Allen is more rangy and presents a larger target when his quarterback looks toward him.
Both Shepherd receivers have been projected as All-Mountain East Conference players, mainly because they both have the sort of statistics the people selecting that team are looking for as proof of their value.
Feiss is now a three-year starter for the Rams. Allen is in his second season as a starter.
The ever-slippery Feiss had 95 receptions last season in 11 games. He scored nine times and averaged 126.45 yards a game, as the Rams waded through a third consecutive unbeaten regular season.
There were seven games with more than 100 yards. Topping Feiss’ statistical chart was a 16-catch game versus Glenville that was worth 181 yards. That memorable game is the school record for single-game receptions. When the Rams outscored Notre Dame, Feiss had 11 catches for 196 yards.
In 2016 when Shepherd had both Billy Brown and C.J. Davis, Feiss still had 55 receptions for 732 yards and two scores.
When the Rams opened the 2018 season at Notre Dame, Feiss and Allen caught a combined 24 passes for a whopping 337 yards.
Allen stepped in as a starter in 2017, and contributed in a way that led him to be selected to the second-team All-MEC squad. In 11 starts, he caught 53 passes for 721 yards and a team-best 12 touchdowns.
He’s six-foot-three and weighs 230 pounds. He bested his previous career high in the 2018 opener when his receptions were worth 165 yards.
When the Rams are around the goal line, Allen comes in handy with his large frame, sure hands and ability to make catches in crowds.
On Saturday, the Rams are at home for the first time in the 2018 season. Look for both Feiss and Allen to be front and center in the Shepherd offense, because both are experienced, play-making hands in a group of fresh faces populated with first-year starters and even some freshmen.