With a 38-14 win over the Urbana Blue Knights, the Shepherd Rams football team has finished their season 10-0 and completed their second straight undefeated season and conference title.
Shepherd came out hot, finding the end zone twice in the first quarter, first a 5-yard rush from Brandon Hlavach, followed by a 38-yard pass from Jeff Ziemba to CJ Davis, giving Shepherd the early 14-0 lead.
The Rams and Blue Knights each found the end zone once in the second quarter, a 2- yard pass from Ziemba to Deonte Glover, for the Rams, followed by a 1-yard rush by DarSean Watts, for the Blue Knights, making the score 21-7 at the half.
Hlavach would find the end zone for the second time on the Rams first drive of the second half extending the lead to 28-7 early in the third quarter. Urbana would counter on their next drive scoring from five yards out and shrinking the Shepherd lead to 28-14. A Zach Wise field goal for Shepherd would make the score 31-14 heading into the final quarter of play.
Hlavach would complete the hat trick early in the fourth quarter finding the end zone for the third time and giving Shepherd breathing room with a 38-14 lead that they would hold onto for the remaining 10 minutes to seal the victory.
Ziemba finished his day going 22-32 for 295 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target on the day was Davis who finished with seven receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown.
Hlavach had another impressive game running the football, carrying the ball 20 times for 133 yards and three scores.
Tre Sullivan, who finished the day with eight tackles, led the Rams defense.
The Rams season continues next week when they start their playoff run hoping to make it back to the National Championship. Shepherd will find out their next opponent at the selection show Sunday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. There will be a viewing party at the Frank center and anyone is welcome to join the team as they wait to see their next opponent.