Rams go out with an offensive splash
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Even though they bowed out of the NCAA Division II football playoffs, Shepherd’s Rams still left an indelible offensive impression in the record books.
Dragged down to defeat, by five turnovers in a 51-30 Round of 16 loss to undefeated Slippery Rock, the Rams showed offensive numbers that are often glowing enough to get the team a victory.
In last Saturday’s loss in western Pennsylvania, the Rams presented quarterback Tyson Bagent and his 30 completions in 42 pass attempts, good for 413 yards and four touchdowns. Bagent was intercepted twice by The Rock defense and he also lost a fumble.
Deonte Glover ran 13 times for 136 yards, but also lost a fumble.
Shepherd wide receivers Phillip Dorsey (10 catches for 129 yards) and Devin Phelps (four catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns) helped the Rams reel in a one-time 20-0 deficit, generating enough points to make it a 23-23 score at one time.
Record-setting graduate student Dylan Brewer had six catches that left him with 99 receptions in the 13-game Shepherd season. Brewer’s one-season total left him tied with All-American wide receiver Billy Brown who had 99 in one of Shepherd’s undefeated regular seasons not long ago.
In the Rams’ loss to The Rock last Saturday, Shepherd defenders had plenty of chances to fill the stat sheet since Slippery Rock had 88 offensive plays.
Chrys Lane, in line for both regional and national honors in the coming weeks and months, because individual accolades come out weekly, had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Rams. Ricky Robinson was credited with nine tackles in the loss.
Slippery Rock and Shepherd entered the game, each with 123 team penalties — tied for the worst figure in all of the Division II ranks. The Rock slipped past the Rams and into last place all by itself by being penalized 12 times for 114 yards, while Shepherd was flagged seven times for 80 yards.
Shepherd’s 30 points gave it 508 points for the 13-game season or 39.1 points a game.
A portion of the 2020 schedule shows the football Rams playing PSAC West Division rivals Slippery Rock, Indiana and Gannon as well as East Division opponents West Chester, Kutztown, Bloomsburg, Shippensburg, East Stroudsburg, Millersville and Lock Haven.