Records fly as Shepherd scores 76 points
SHEPHERDSTOWN — As the Shepherd vs. East Stroudsburg football game began, the crisp fall air was filled with the pleasurable smell of firewood burning from a fireplace in a home near Ram Stadium.
Once the offensive firing began on the artificial carpet of the stadium floor, it didn’t cease until school records had flown, like the vinyl discs did on Disco Demolition Night in July of 1979 when Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck staged a promotion to destroy as many disco records as possible.
Veeck drew 50,000 people to old Comiskey Park, but his explosion between games of a doubleheader brought many onto the field, and the White Sox had to forfeit the nightcap of that planned twinbill.
Shepherd sent the statisticians scurrying to their record books in its 76-34 win over the visiting Warriors.
The 76 points were a school record. The 11 touchdowns the Rams managed was a single-game record. The 10 extra points tied the single-game mark and the combined 110 points the teams sent to the scoreboard were another school record for one game.
Shepherd had a 28-point first quarter, scoring 14 points in fewer than four minutes. The Rams made the maximum use of their 755 yards of total offense — 460 rushing yards and 295 passing yards.
With 55 points by halftime, Shepherd scored on eight of its nine possessions in the first 30 minutes of fast-paced offensive action.
Deonte Glover already had 208 rushing yards. He would complete his show-your-heels-to-the-defense day with a career high of 220 yards on 11 carries. His three touchdowns included runs of 75 and 82 yards.
Tyson Bagent made five TD passes, four of them in the first half. Ty Hebron rushed for 111 yards and had a 70-yard scoring run. Ronnie Brown rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
East Stroudsburg had a few wrinkles with its offense, including a 75-yard scoring pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage, where a reserve quarterback took a backward pass and threw downfield to Rece Bender for the first of Bender’s three TDs of the day.
But then Glover answered on Shepherd’s first offensive play, when he fled 75 yards for a game-tying score.
Shepherd had taken a 28-7 lead, by the time the lengthy first quarter was over. It was 55-21 by halftime.
The offensive splurge was Shepherd’s fifth straight win, leaving the playoff-hungry Rams with a 7-2 record. Games with Bloomsburg (on the road) and Seton Hill (at Ram Stadium on Nov. 16) are left on the 11-game schedule. East Stroudsburg went to 5-4 with its fourth consecutive loss.
Seven teams are selected to participate in the NCAA II Super Region One playoffs. With West Virginia State’s loss to Charleston last Saturday, Shepherd will be no worse than No. 7 in this week’s Region ratings.
The records had fallen. And Shepherd sallied through the football-perfect afternoon, showing the improvement it needs to get back to playoff football.