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14 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, September 1, 2005 ~~,~~, :~ ,; ,~' iilil i!ik~i ~ d.::~ ', %:: Nobody expected to see rain last Saturday when Shep- herd and Virginia State kicked off their respective football seasons at Ram Stadium in Shepherdstown. Few of those same people who sprouted umbrellas and maintained a stiff upper lip as the skies dripped rain expected to see Shepherd quarterback Dan Chlebowski complete 18 of his 26 passes for 191 yar~s and two touchdowns. Chlebowski's airborne of- fense, together with a caustic Shepherd defense that kept the visiting Trojans grounded, and just enough rushing yards from newcomers Bryan Wright and Deryon Wallace, were enough to dump Virginia State, 24-6, and lift the Rams to their first season-opening win since 2002. Chlebowski wasn't new to the Shepherd starting lineup. But he hadn't been at the top of the quarterback list since 2003 when he had 100 pass comple- tions in a 10-game season. Last year, Chlebowski was an understudy to starter Leon- ard Ferguson, who helped Shepherd sweep through its seven-game WVIAC schedule in a conference-winning run. But on Saturday, with a per- sistent light rain threatening to defuse any passing efforts, Chlebowski found Shepherd re- ceivers for the Rams' first two scores of the 2005 season . . . and only had eight incomple- tions on his fruitful afternoon of throwing. Wallace took a two-yard pass from Chlebowski to get a 7- 0 second-quarter lead for the Rams. In less than three minutes, the Rams were back in the Trojan end zone when Rod- ney Jackson took an ll-yard Chlebowski throw to boost the Shepherd lead to 14-0. Jackson, who had all of 13 receptions in 2004, was a inte- gral factor on Saturday as he caught five of Chlebowski's 18 completions for a meaningful 105 yards. Near the close of the Shep- herd-profitable first half, Rams' kicking specialist Ricky Schmitt booted home a 41-yard field goal that dampened the Trojans' sideline more than the rain had. Shepherd carried a convinc- ing 17-0 lead into its Boone Center at halftime. There was not much offense in the third quarter. Shep- herd's defense blunted any and almost every attempt Virginia State had made at trying to es- tablish something (anything!) on the ground. And Shepherd was conser- vative in any approach it took, leaving the 17 points it had al- ready produced as a reminder that the Trojans had not stung the Rams with their offense. The Trojans did move smart- ly downfield in the third quar- ter . . . and culminated a long march with Ricky Brown's four-yard scoring run. Shep- herd was penalized three times on that lone Trojans' scoring drive, twice for 15-yarders. Shepherd's lead was at 17-6 when Dan Gallagher blocked the try for point. When Wallace brought a punt back to the Virginia State one midway through the fourth period, Shepherd had its lead back to 18 points as Wright scored with 8:07 remaining. Virginia State was shack- led so tightly by the Shepherd run-defense that the Trojans fmished their loss with just 55 yards on 28 carries -- a 1.9 yards per carry average. Shepherd forced three turn- overs, including an interception and fumble recovery (the loose ball caused by Todd Edmond- son's tackle) by safety Dan Pe- ters. The Shepherd defense also had seven tackles for losses in all. Edmondson had two solo tackles and one assisted tack- le for losses. Nick Costello was credited with 1.5 tackles for lost yardage. Bobby Jarvis, Jeremy Bailey, and Edmondson paced the Shepherd defense with 6.5 tackles each. Gallagher and Peters had the Shepherd fumble recover- ies, while Jerome Quintata had 4.5 tackles and forced one of the two Virginia State fumbles. With Wright getting 90 rush- ing yards on 23 carries and Wal- lace netting just 33 yards on 12 tries, the Rams were credited with 132 ground yards on 40 attempts -- a 3.2 yards per car- ry average. In the past, if Shepherd had notched just 132 rushing yards, the Rams would have been sad- dled with a loss. But Chlebowski had 191 passing yards and reserve red- shirt freshman Tyler Lazear completed his only throw for an additional 12 yards, giving the Rams a rainy day total of 203 yards through the air. Footballs in the air and a steady rain (together on the same college football after- noon) have not often been seen at Shepherd games. But Chlebowski, Jackson, and an offensive line that per- mitted just one sack brought those cosmic forces together in a 24-6 win over Virginia State, the team that trimmed the Rams by five points in Peters- burg to begin the 2004 season. Shepherd faces possibly its staunchest opponent of the sea- son when it sees Shippensburg in two days at Ram Stadium. And Jefferson High goes to Stephens City tomorrow night to play Sherando, a team that went 8-2 in 2004 and will be opening its season against the Cougars. Shippensburg has beat- en Shepherd six times in the teams' last 10 meetings, includ- ing 2003 and 2004. The Red Raiders opened their season last week by defeating Kutztown (Pa.), 10-3. Shippensburg was 10-1 last year before entering the NCAA Divisisn II playoffs where it lost a first-round game to fellow PSAC member West Chester. The Red Raiders fell in the play- offs, 33-28, to the Golden Rams. Last year, Shippensburg had little trouble disposing of the Rams, 35-7, during a regular season where it lost only to Indi- ana (Pa.) in a conference game. At least running back John Kuhn, who ran for 1,487 yards and had 14 won't be back to Rams. Kuhn ran 149 yards and two in Shippensburg's Rams last year. Jefferson 19-13, in 2004, but lost only son. The Cougars son with a 31-3 shire last Friday i~ ah Junction. Josh Brown touchdowns by a punt and a and then taking Jefferson threw in Tailback Ryland scoring runs of 74 to account for er two scores. But missed four ter tries they had. Hampshire touchdown son defense, active linebacking quick secondary. The first game of Jeffer- son's Richie Mills second sea- son went much better than had his opener that began the 2004 season. Mills' first game as Jeffer- son's coach was a forgetta- ble loss to Hampshire, a game in which the Cougars had too many turnovers, too many penalties, not much offense, and lost be a point when they missed their only extra-point try. There was no repeat of 2004 and its first-game mistakes when the Cougars blasted Hampshire, 31-3, in Shenando- ah Junction last Friday. Jefferson's 2005 opener was equal parts (1) team defense, (2) special teams scoring, and (3) yardage and touchdowns piled up by Josh Brown and Ry- land Newman. Hampshire didn't score a touchdown. 'Hampshire didn.'t complete any of the five passes it at- tempted and had one of them intercepted by ]3o Boutcher. The Cougars checked Hamp- shire so well the Trojans had just seven first downs and 163 rushing yards. Jordan Diehl forced Hampshire's only fumble and then he recovered it, giving the Trojans two turnovers. Newman had to be repair to the sidelines in the first half to take care of a shoulder injury. But he returned hardy enough to score on runs of 74 and 28 yards in the third quar- ter. Newman was credited with 139 yards on just 10 carries. Neither team accomplished much when on Offense in the first quarter. The Cougars ate up some yardage toward the midpoint of the second period and then Brown was able to adjust to a Patrick Burn pass that was underthrown, wrestling the football away and then brush- ing his opponent aside with a stiff arm that left him free to complete a 52-yard pass-run play that gave the Cougars a blink-of-the-eye 6-0 lead Hampshire followed Brown's first of three touchdowns with its best few minutes of the oth- erwise dull evening. While it couldn't get a need- ed touchdown, the Trojans did count Orie Pancione's 27-yard field goal. The Trojans had cut the Jef- ferson lead in half at 6-3. While Brown's first score had come without any indica- tion it was imminent, his sec- ond touchdown came with even less notice. Immediately following Pan- clone's field goal, the Tro- jans kicked in the direction of Brown. Fielding the football near his nine, Brown started up-field along the sideline. Nobody got to him, but his lane became cluttered With would-be tacklers so Brown angled toward the center of the field and made his way (un- tackled) to the other sideline where he began running north and south once more. Hampshire didn't tackle Brown. His second touchdown had completely squashed any bud- ding Hampshire momentum and it had given the Cougars a 12-3 lead. When the third period opened, it was Newman's turn to get Jefferson some addition- al points. The Cougars faced a long third-and-nine situation at their 26. Newman got Jefferson out of that problem situation by bolting 74 yards in a jaunt that he ended in the Hampshire end zone. Leading by 15 points, the Jefferson defense became the reason for the next touchdown. Diehl recovered the fumble he forced from Hampshire quar- terback Dusty Frye. Newman shed a pair of would-be tacklers en route to his second touchdown in a mat- ter of seconds, running in from 24 yards out and Jeferson's only successful extra point try lef the Cougars comfortably ahead at 25-3. There was no more scoring until the waning minutes. :'i i: ::~ : . " Hampshire punted. Punted to Brown. And Brown responded with his third touchdown of the opener by fielding a rolling punt on his 13 and streaming straight up-field along a path mostly-cleared of any Hampshire players. It was still 31-3 when the Cou- gars missed their fourth of five extra-point tries. The Cougars travel to Ste- phens City for a 7 p.m. date with Sherando's Warriors. Sherando posted an 8-2 record in 2004, included in that record was a 19-13 loss to Jefferson in Shenandoah Junction. The Warriors could return as many as 14starters from the suc- cessful 2004 team. Mills and company didn't make many mistakes in their opener against Hampshire. If the same three ingredients used against the Trojans -- (1) a stout defense, (2) points from the special teams, and (3) Brown scoring needed touchdowns the Cougars could repeat last sea- son's win over the Warriors. Long-time Shepherd assis- tant football coach P~te Yurish is leaving the Rams' program to become the strength and coditioning coordinator with the Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team. Yurish, a former player at Shephelx~ who graduated in 1.987, beg~an his assistant coaching career at Shepherd in 1993. Prior to returning to Shep- herd to coach, Yurish had been the defensive line/weight and strength coach at Lenior-Rhyne (NC) in 1991 and 1992 and was a graduate assistant at East Carolina (NC) in the 1989-90 school year. While playing for the Rams, Yurish was a first-team AII- WVIAC player in 1986. He still ranks among Shepherd's aU- tinle leaders in total tackles (315) and solo tackles (143). Yurish was voted into the Shepherd Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. Yurish coached the Rams for the final time last Saturday when Shepherd defeated Vir- ginia State, 24-6. Shepherd head coach Mon- te Cater has been named as a member of the NCAA Division II Football Committee. He is one of eight members on the national Jefferson improved its record to 2-1 with a boys soccer win over visiting Berkeley Springs. The Cougars had goals from five different players in the 9-0 win over the IndianS. Matt Tiano had three of Jef- ferson's goals. Adam Roque and Nahuel Reyes each scored a. pair of goals. committee and co-chairman of Regional Thel mittee will bers and they sible for the regional teams, of potential the and teams for the ball Zach Dial a~d merman added ferson romp. The Cougars to the extent Springs was able ! one shot Jefferson tried 30 shots i~ contest.