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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON d ams Taste Cooking Ftrst ?ime in New 2000 season ~herd's'=='L-,most-- menacing op- downs and had over 200 passing within its 10-yard line on three dif- Farmer's ADVOCATE 11 during the decade of the yards. ,|has been Shippensburg. ~th1991, Shepherd has only e Red Raiders on the field times. ~Pherd has now blisterect sburg in 2000. JRams had 508 yards of total ~including 227 by running I ~evon Smith. ii~ tomore quarterback Joel i!i There were no touchdown re- turns of punts or kickoffs by All- America James Rooths. However, Rooths had a kickoff return of 46 yards that quickly led to Shepherd's second touchdown and pushed the Rams into a 14-7 lead. The punting of sophomore Kevin Burkey was instrumental in Shippensburg suffering from Roy Sanchez ~p photo, Shepherd's Kevin Foster slips past his blocker l~qtl~es aim at Shippensburg quarterback Chris Gicking. In photo, the Rams~ defense readies for a Red Raider play. ~l~erd defeated Shippensburg, 28-13, and is ranked 16th in | Di, ~y Bob Ma~n quarter ferent occasions. Burkey also was accurate on a 35-yard extra point made neces- sary by a 15-yard penalty after the second touchdown-play was over and done. The defensive secondary was exceptional, considering it was the first game of the season and that Shippensburg had a three-year starter at quarterback, who had thrown for over 2,800 yards the past two seasons. Only touchdowns by Melvin Scott dimmed an otherwise muf- fling of the Red Raider pass of- fense. The Shepherd pass rush was consistently hurrying and chasing Chris Gicking from his pocket of protection Kevin Foster, Chris Field, and Chris Wheeler forced Gicking into throwing while off balance and with only three seconds to find a receiver for most of the predictably humid afternoon at Seth Grove Stadium. Linebacker Chanse Twyman hounded Gicking into running out of bounds after short, unproductive scrambles at least three times First-time defensive secondary starter Freddie Del Villar may have been saved by a touchdown- preventing penalty, but for that one play was effective in coverage and with his open-field tackling. Even a necessitated change in the originally planned offensive line didn't cause much alarm or any harmful breakdowns, even against a team that returned eight starters on defense. Guard Nate Brooks was unable to play. That moved Dan Woodard from tight end to tackle and had Rob Cunningham inserted at tight end. Shepherd's reserves were not outplayed by Shippensburg. With a "bye week" now behind them, the Rams open their five- game home schedule in two days against St. Joseph's of Indiana It will be the unveiling of the bleachers that might seat as many as 4,000 on the west side of the sta- dium. Game time is 1 p.m. A new press box, new conces- sions area, and never-before-seen rest rooms will also be located on the west side of the field. St. Joseph's will be the second of three consecutive non-conference games to begin the Rams' season Breeders Classics Racing Weekend Features $225,000 Stakes on Sunday Jockeys Bruce Kravets (top) and Salomon Salguero will have a number of mounts on Saturday and Sunday when the 14th running of the West Virginia Classics takes place at the Charles Town Races. The Cavada Stakes worth $100,000 will be the featured race on Saturday night. On Sunday, there will be five $75,000 races and the two days will be climaxed by the West Virginia Classic run at I 1/8-miles for a purse of $225,000. The Breakfast of Champions takes place in the upper club- house dining room on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. This year's annual Breakfast of Champions, held in conjunction with the West Virginia Breeders Classics races, will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 16 in the Charles Town Races dining area. Featured speakers will be former Washington Redskins play- ers Sonny Jurgensen, Bobby Mitchell, Pat Fischer, Mark Moseley, and Sam Huff as well as former Marshall University foot- ball coach and NFL performer Sonny Randle. Tickets are $15 and can be pur- chased from Charles Town banks, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and by phoning 725- 0709. Monies from the breakfast go to the Charles Town Races chap- laincy, a program for "back stretch" employees such as grooms, hot walkers, stable personnel, exercise riders, trainers, and assistant trainers. This year's Breeders Classics schedule has: Saturday---S50,000 Dash for Cash at 4 1/2-furlongs and the $100,000 F&M National Corporation Cavada Stakes at 7- furlongs Then on Sunday---Three "open" races, $75,000 Onion Juice Classic at 7-furlongs, $75,000 Triple Crown Feed Classic at 4 1/2- furlongs, $75,000 Moscarelli Stakes at 6 1/2-furlongs, $75,000" Department of Tourism Classic at 7-furlongs, $75,000 West Virginia Lottery at 7-furlongs, and the $225,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic at 1 1/8 miles. Both added money races on Sat- urday will start aider 10 p.m while Sunday's $225,000 event should go to post at about 4:20 p.m. Related article on Page 13 ~ through the second-half Ahead by three points, Jefferson was the benefactor when the Vi- carnival that finally kings were penalized on the kickoff ~oun Valley score the de- -Points in its 33-30 save- and shoved back to their 18-yard ~'for-last win over Jefferson line. 2:16 remaining, any stat- Just over two minutes were left. :.;.~Would find no less then six Five second-half TDs had al- ias scored after halftime, ready been flashed on the ever- ~ z~ changing scoreboard , But Loudoun Valley wasn t ever had the lead after V~gs scored on their first without more answers to ' ~10rl until the 2:38 mark of Jefferson's first-seen lead. ~Cluarterwhen Devin Hosby Harper threw a safe, turnout lacrobatic interception re- sideline pass toward Zack Barton. Barton made the reception s thei was hterally just against his lone defender. Instead ~tolen pass from the arms of stepping out of bounds, he let the ~kings' key receiver, Gregwould-be tackler miss him, and then lit out down the sidelines. :i la Hosby reached the Two Cougars took the wrong i:: ~Valley end zone, Jefferson angle in trying to cut off Barton's ii 30-27 lead. The Vikings route to another Viking score. ::i ~in front ever since scoring When he reached his own 45, :~ ~S'yard Adam Harper-to- Barton had nothing but his shadow as company to the Jefferson goal !:~ ~Pass that came with just line. il ' " the first i ~sed m Barton was called for taunting Jefferson defenders Andre McDonald (21), Jeff DeHart (31), Trevor Dearstine (70), and Kyle Wilt (12) in the dark jerseys come after Loudoun Valley running back Kyle Daddio (28). The Vikings scored on an 82-yard pass-run with just over two min- utes remaining to defeat the Cougars, 33-30. his pursuers. The Vikings were pe- nalized 15 yards on the ensuing ex- tra point. And they couldn't convert it. Even with but 2:16 left, Jefferson was ready with another huge scare for the unbeaten Vi- kings. Ryan Fierro made a 28-yard re- turn, had his fumble recovered by a teammate, and Jefferson was only 52 yards from either a field goal (Jermar Togans had already con- verted a 42-yarder) or a go-ahead touchdown A screen pass to one side of the field was turned into a 25-yard gain by Damon McDowell, who ran back across the grain to the Viking 29-yard line. McDowell began taking snaps from a shotgun formation. He ran nine yards on third down. The Cougars, even though the clock was rapidly moving toward all zeroes, received a break when on fourth down and one they spiked the football, appearing to lose possession. But Jefferson had been guilty of an illegal procedure penalty before the spike could take place. After a walkoff, it was fourth and six from the 25. McDowell rolled away from his tormentors, but a blindside tackle gave Loudoun Valley possession and the game. Jefferson had trailed by 12 points just after the fourth quarter opened. But in quick succession, Bryan ~Hyre threw a TD pass of 14 yards to Andre McDonald, Togans blocked a Viking punt, and Hosby atoned for a dropped pass in the Loudoun Valley end zone when he stole the go-ahead touchdown with just 2:38 remaining. The Vikings were unfazed. They scored from 82 yards away and they left Shenandoah Junction with a 2-0 record while leaving the stunned Cougars at home with an 0-3 mark. ~ g back almost a year to ~W~ ~ eat Virginia has to re- ruinous 1999 Saturday iii::i : Park as a day in infamy. rly drives fell fruitless. : ~aryland owned the rest of i~:ii: ~raoon, even making West ::iilook inept at times, as the ::::::!i ~eventually posted a de- win. , was bleaker for the than was their against Maryland, a was only 5-6 itself and ! :::.::i::~ii::~ o i::i::iiiiii~ Y ur team has won 18 ames, there can't be any- close to a moral victory. ~ll had won 18 consecu- ~%---the nation s longest String---before it was ~~i in the second half of a ~"~s. to Michigan State in ~l~undering Herd scored i~a embroiled in a 10-10 !i~ the half, and generally ~,%n play with the nation's It. Marshall wasn t inter- ~ ilzst staying close to the lost its final two games to Virginia miniscule at best Clemson. and Duke to miss its first bowl as- But Jordan did his share to beat Temple had 443 yards of total signment in six years. WVU. offense, even though it managed LaMont Jordan, Maryland's In Maryland's season opener just one touchdown. running back, began a rushing last week at home against Temple, Maryland was limited to 100 surge that left him as the nation's Jordan's meaning to the Terps' 17- yards rushing and 254 yards of to- third leading ground gainer when 10 victory was minimized by the tal offense. the 1999 season was ended. Owls' defense. He gained but 62 Two Maryland quarterbacks--- Jordan had more yards than yards on 22 carries, but did have Calvin McCall and starter Shaun any player returning for the 2000 touchdowns from two and seven Hill---completed 11 passes between season, yards, them He is being touted as possibleJordan accounted for at least Temple had beaten Navy, 17-6, Heisman Trophy candidate by 100 yards rushing in seven of in its first game the previous week. Maryland. His chances of winning Maryland's 11 games last year, in- Maryland was opening against the that individual award are eluding Florida State and Owls. 24th-ranked Spartans. David Foye four-yard TD catch ever Ralph Street or Paul Toviessi Michigan State went ahead, 17-from Byron Leftwich (27-of-44 for didn't. 10, with the only points of the third 227 yards, but three interceptions). But Michigan State survived quarter---a seven-yard pass from Michigan State led by 17 pointsthe initial Marshall thrust. The freshman quarterback JeffSmoker before Leftwich found John Cooper larger, bulkier, and depth-con- to Foster. with a four-yard scoring pass as scious Spartans scored the last The Spartans then scoredl7 time expired to end the game. three points of the first half and points in the fourth quarter to in- The Herd defense crackled in then seemed to wear down the crease their lead to 34-17. the first half as it intercepted two Herd throughout the second half. Heisman Trophy candidate T.J. passes, claimed a fumble, and Duckett ran for 36 of his game- stopped Duckett for less than aLeftwich had little time to set high 219 yards (on 26 carries) to three-yards per carry average his feet and throw. And Marshall extend the Spartan lead to 10 Doug Hodges was the leader of could gain but 51 rushing yards on points aRer the Herd had closed to the crisp-tackling defense. Jimmy 19 tries Michigan State finished within three points at 24-17 on a Parker pressured Smoker when- with 433 yards of total offense. West Virginia had a week to study the Terrapins since it was idle on Saturday after bopping Bos- ton College, 34-14, on September 2. Two fourth quarter interception returns for scores quickly ex- panded a precarious 20-14 Moun- taineer lead. Sophomore runrllng back Avon Cobourne had a 100-yard rushing day and Cooper Rego gave the team 60 yards himself. It was an entirely revamped sec- ondary that befuddled Boston Col- lege quarterback Tim Hasselbeck enough to have the Eagle senior give away a pair of game-clinching scores. First-year starting quarterback Brad Lewis was not a statistical whirlwind himself, completing just 7 of his 19 vasses. Lewis has to have vivid recollec- Herd's Maurice Hines tions of last season's shutout in College Park And Maryland knows how it accomplished that unlikely feat. In two days, West Virginia will attempt to whip a team that was 33 points better than it was just a short year ago. Maryland has often been the lit- mus test in any West Virginia sea- son. Wins over the Terps have brought seasons with bowls and even unbeaten status. Losses to Maryland have brought 4-7 and 5-6 seasons that are only mentioned in darkened corners and in hushed tones. Even a one-point win by West Virginia would be reason for un- bridled clebration . for it would push the Mountaineers toward a likely finish that would see them win at least six times.