Rams Fall Seconds Short of Perfect Season
Glenville scores late to win a wild regular season finale 28-24
Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 06:11
After staying undefeated for the majority of the season the Shepherd Rams fell to the Glenville State Pioneers on Saturday, ending their once perfect season.
"We let them hang around to long and let them go down and score, they made more plays today than we did," Shepherd coach Monte Cater said after the loss.
Shepherd started the game off strong against the Pioneers with a 35 yard field goal by Junior kicker Eric Dobratz to give the Rams a 3-0 lead with 14:17 left in the first quarter.
The Glenville Pioneers were able to pull ahead when Gabe Profitt teamed with Mario Wright with one second left in the half on 23 yard scoring pass going into half time.
The third quarter brought more good news for the Pioneers and bad news for the Rams for the Pioneers as they had another Profitt scoring strike, this time from 15 yards away to Antwan Stewart, putting the Rams down 14-3.
The Rams struck back with a one yard run by junior running back Nate Hoyte to close the gap to 14-10 with a minute and a half left in the third quarter.
But the Pioneers furthered their lead with a 47 yard scoring strike to start the fourth quarter, this time to Jordan Griffin to take a 21-10 lead.
Senior quarterback Kevin Clancy and junior wide receiver Neal Hardie teamed up to get the Rams back in the game with a 14 yard scoring pass to close to 21-17 with 4:11 left in the fourth.
The Rams completed the comeback with senior linebacker Brian Taylor picking off the ball and setting up junior running back Tommy Addison with a three yard touchdown run with 1:47 left in the game, putting the Rams on top 24-21 after Clancy found Sophomore wide receiver Larry Lowe on the two point conversion.
But with 21 seconds left in the fourth, Glenville State's Griffin scored on a five yard touchdown from Profitt, putting the Rams down, 28-24.
"This feeling sucks, all we can do is wait to find out tomorrow who we play," senior fullback Bobby Humphries said after the game, before the Rams knew they would be playing the Shaw Bears.
The Rams took some comfort in the WVIAC trophy presentation after the game, but were anxious to find out who their opponent was. On Sunday they watched in the Butcher center as the Division II play off brackets were announced on ESPN News, and the players were ready to get back to work.
"I thought we'd slip into the three [seed] but we just have to get ready to play in front of a good crowd at home on Saturday," Senior quarterback Kevin Clancy said.
The Rams may not have a week off after dropping to the fourth seed, but Cater looked for a silver lining.
"You find out what happens when you don't play well, and we blame this on ourselves," coach Monte Cater said, "But maybe it's better that we play this week so we don't mope around for two weeks."
The Rams will prepare for the Shaw Bears, and know they can't have the same performance they had on Saturday.
"No one thinks we played at the level we're capable of, we know we have to go out there and play better." Cater said.
The Rams face the Bears at 12 p.m. On Saturday, and look to make amends for the upset loss to Glenville State.