(THE PICKET) – The Shepherd Rams football team jumps up three spots from number nine to number six in the nation after their 35-28 win over conference rival Concord University on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The Rams moved up after key losses from Minnesota State, Previously ranked number one, Sioux Falls, previously ranked number five, and the Colorado School of Mines, previously ranked number seven.
The Shepherd football team has progressively worked its way up the rankings throughout this year in a run toward the school’s first ever National Championship.
The Rams have gotten this far in their season by having a great balance of a high-powered offense, scoring 40 or more points in six out of seven games this year, and a hard hitting defense with 13 takeaways during the season.
“Honestly, I don’t pay too much attention because it doesn’t matter until the end of the season. We go into every game working hard trying to do better and improve our ranking,” senior defensive lineman Isaiah Ross said about moving up in the rankings.
“The coaches don’t talk about rankings. They keep us level-headed and make us work hard,” sophomore linebacker James Gupton added.
The Rams look to improve to 8-0 when they take on West Liberty University, with a 4-4 record, Saturday, Oct. 31, at noon at Ram Stadium.