Shepherd travels to Indiana, Pa. for first Division II playoff game
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Through its 56-24 win over Seton Hill, Shepherd had secured its seventh straight victory, with a 9-2 record and as the No. 5 seed in Super Region One of the NCAA Division II rankings.
The No. 5 seed will send the Rams to Indiana of Pennsylvania on Saturday for a first-round region game slated to start at noon. Indiana is a fellow member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and completed a 9-1 regular season with a win last week.
Of the seven teams that qualified in Super Region One, five of them come from the PSAC, including unbeaten and No. 1 seed Slippery Rock, No. 2 seed Kutztown, No. 4 seed Indiana, No. 5 seed Shepherd and No. 6 seed West Chester.
The other two teams joining the Super Region One playoff field are No. 3 seed Notre Dame (the champion of the MEC) and No. 7 seed Tiffin (The champion of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference).
Saturday’s first-round matchups find Tiffin traveling to Kutztown, West Chester going to Notre Dame and Shepherd at Indiana. All games are scheduled for a 12-noon start.
Top-seeded Slippery Rock has a bye in the first round and will play the winner of the Indiana vs. Shepherd game in the regional semifinals slated for Nov. 30. The survivors of the other two first-round games will face each other on Nov. 30.
Slippery Rock defeated Kutztown, 37-35, last week in Kutztown for the PSAC championship. The Rock beat Indiana during the regular season, dealing the Crimson Hawks their only loss of the season.
Shepherd beat West Chester and lost to Kutztown in its two games against regional qualifiers.
There are 28 teams that qualify for the NCAA Division II football playoffs. Defending national champion Valdosta State (Georgia) is the top-seeded team in one region, with Ferris State (Michigan) and Minnesota State the other two top seeds in the overall playoff field.