Shepherd heads into the bye week at 4-0

The Shepherd football team improved to 4-0 Saturday with a dominating 37-17 win over the Notre Dame College Falcons (Ohio).


The Rams received the opening kickoff charging down the field 75 yards on 12 plays, capping the drive off with a 2-yard score from running back Brandon Hlavach.


Shepherd added two scored in the second quarter, while holding the Falcons to a field goal. A seven yard rush by Malik Harleston made the score 14-3, and a 74 yard bomb from Jeff Ziemba to Billy Brown in the closing seconds of the half to take the lead 21-3.


The Falcons scored quick in the third, driving down the field in just under 3 minutes to draw within a 11 points at 21-10. From that moment on the Rams took over momentum and ran away with the game. Ziemba again hit Brown from deep, this time from 61 yards to extend their lead to 28-10, closing out the third quarter.


Myles Humphreys scored the first defensive touchdown of the season recovering a fumble and taking it back 77 yards for a touchdown, putting Shepherd up by 25 and seemingly sealing the game. The Rams would add a field goal and the Falcons would add a touchdown but by that point the game had all ready been decided and the Rams walked away adding the fourth win to their undefeated season.


Ziemba finished the day 21-35 for 354 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target on the day was Brown who finished with nine receptions for 209 yards and two scores.


Hlavach anchored the Rams ground game finishing the day with 103 yards on 20 carries and a score.


James Gupton led the Rams defense finishing the day with 8 tackles and 1 sack.


The Rams will have a bye on Oct. 1, and will take the field again at home on Oct. 8 when Glenville State comes to town.

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