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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -Thursday, October 28, 1999 1 5 Jeff Gordon releases a pass behind the perfect arts, k ". ]] et protection of Dan Woodard (85), Jay Green (73), Marcus ,~I ~l.e~kins (79), and Roy Sanchez. Gordon had five TD passes for time in four weeks. (photo by Kip Gageby) L in the state It was an encore performance of sorts. For the second year in a row, Jefferson's girls cross country team captured first place in the Class AAA, Region V Meet. Even though no individual runner on the seven-person team finished higher than the seventh place turned in by Leslie Lawson, Jefferson's girls outpaced Preston County, Hampshire, Keyser, and Martinsburg for the same title they took home in 1998. In edging Preston County by a scant nine points, the Lady Cougars filed in closely behind Lawson to ensure another championship. Rebekah Muck ran one of her career-best races and finished ninth overall. Jiketta Underwood also turned in a career race, finishing in 10th place. Rebecca Clark was only six seconds in back of Underwood and probably had her best race of the season. The fifth Jefferson run- ner to count toward the team total was sophomore Jill Morton, who fin- ished 17th. Naomi Clark was 20th and Rebbecca Myers 32nd for the Lady Cougafs, who have seven girls running, with the first five finishers counting toward the team placement. The Davis twins, Susan and Jennifer, were the winner and run- continued on page 16 By Bob Madison played without a burdensome cast Even with a so-so record, Weston his hand and became a viable Virginia State had polished its de- target for the first time this sea- fensive statistics, bringing them to son. light when talking about its game Even with Gordon's five touch- with Shepherd. State coach Carl down passes, the Rams most gen- Lee even said, "If the fans like de- erous yardage came on the ground, fensive football, they will like our where Damian Beane had 174 game with Shepherd." yards and a 22-yard TD run and But Shepherd isn't West Vir- reserve Dalevon Smith made his ginia Tech, who the Yellowjackets 15 carries (12 of them when the played twice. And the Rams aren't Rams marched 95 yards for their Newberry, West Virginia Wes- last TD) good for 108 yards and leyan, Wingate or Charleston also the eighth of Shepherd's many Southern (four other State oppo- scores. Shepherd had 355 rushing nents) either, yards. And after Shepherd trounced Defensively, once the Rams the 'Jackets, scoring nine touch- stopped committing penalties, downs in the process, maybe State was never able to get its State's defense will realize that rushing average up to even one surrendering 504 yards in total of- yard per carry. State quarterback fense in a 63-14 loss isn't the stuff Varian Cunningham loosed 28 of great defenses, passes and completed only nine. As longtime Shepherd football He was continually chased during coach John Newcome once said af- all of the last three quarters, suf- ter absorbing a 41-0 loss to George fering an interception, two Washington in 1934, "There are no fumbles, a penalty for throwing a heroes in a 41-0 loss." The same pass when he scrambled just past can be said in the aftermath of a the line of scrimmage, and five 63-14 loss. sacks. Those fans enamored with de- The Rams travel to Glenville in fenses no doubt enjoyed the Rams two days, as always needing a win unit, which limited State to 18 to play an llth game. Glenville is rushing yards and 168 yards in to- ineligible for the league title, hav- tal offense, ing been placed on probation by Shepherd is now 6-1 with threethe WVIAC office. conference games to win if it is to After Glenville, Shepherd has a again reach the NCAA Division II home date with fading West Lib- playoffs, erty on November 6, and closes out Saturday's cold wind and its what it hopes is the regular season usual halting beginning to games portion of its schedule on the road had the Rams down 7-0 as the against WestVirginia Wesleyan. 'Jackets used 35 yards in Shepherd Shippensburg, a playoff berth penalties to march 65 yards for the rival, lost for the second time this first of its two scores, season when it fell to highly- Then circumstances changed ranked Slippery Rock. There were dramatically, three PSAC schools ranked ahead Record-setting punt returner of Shepherd before last Saturday. James Rooths ignited the Shep-Now there are but two--- the Rock- herd mental fuse with a patented ets and Millersville. 55-yard touchdown run with The Rams gain no national fa- State's first punt. vor or audience by beating the The Shepherd adrenaline didn'tWest Virginia Conference schools - stop coursing team-wide through -- so ill-thought-of is the rest of the its offense, defense, or special league. Its playoff berth rivals teams for the next three and a half need to lose for the Rams to make periods as a stream of touchdowns any headway in the polls. And so followed, far, they have been losing, giving Freshman quarterback Joel Shepherd some upward move- Gordon has his second five-touch- ment. down game of his short four-game Should the Rams finish at 9-1, career. Gordon threw scoring darts enough teams should have lost to twice to Jason Dirting, and also to push Shepherd into a second Marcus Boyd, Terrence Robinson, straight playoff game against a and Dan Woodard. Woodard PSAC school. :!i! Steve Carney (above) takes off down the field. Matt Webb (4) is challenged by a Musselman player at right. Other Cougars are Scott Bucey (3), and Steve Carney (19). The Shepherd offense gathers around Coach Ernie McCook to discuss what West Virginia State is doing differently than what the team saw on film. Shepherd staggered State with nine touchdowns before the day was over. by Kip Gageby I There was a zest to Jefferson's play that resounded from one end of the stadium to the other when the boys soccer team took the field for its first sectional game against Musselman. There was a team-wide sense of urgency. Everybody seemed to real- ize that the so-called "second sea- son" meant one loss and it's all over. The energy and crisp attention to both duty and detail led the Cougars to two first-period goals and a 4-1 win over the equally revved-to-play Applemen. With bodies clashing over nearly every ball in the air, Jefferson pres- sured the Applemen goal through- out the first period, keeping the ball Eric Brown beats a Mussel- man defender to the ball in sec- tional play. near the Musselman keeper for nearly the full 20 minutes. Bryan Jones skimmed in a goal just inside the left post with about six minutes left then Eric Brown scored the first of his three goals as the enervating Jefferson pressure seemed to finally wear on the Musselman defense and goalkeeper. Jefferson had a 2-0 lead after one snappily played quarter. With about four minutes remain- ing in the second period, Brown took a pass from Mike Nau and headed in his second goal and the team's third. Joe Funkhoueer was credited with an assist as Brown found the net a third time in the third quarter. Musselman avoided a shutout when Carlos Carillo made a penalty kick. The Cougars moved to the section- al semifinals against Martinsburg, the team that eliminated them in 1998. It took beating Martinsburg for the third time this season to get Jefferson's boys soccer team into the sectional finals. But beat the Bulldogs they did, taking a 1-0 win at Cougar Field on a blustery and cold Saturday ai~rnoon. With the win earned by its defense and goalkeeper, the Cougars moved into the finals on Tuesday against fourth-ranked Morgantown. Martinsburg had eliminated the Cougars last season and seemed poised to have a telling offensive game on Saturday when they kept attacking Cougar goalkeeper Kyle continued on page 18 i :i Beane uses the blocking of John Terrill (53), Chip Fultz (69), and Jay Green (73) to T ~ of his 1O00-plus yards this season. 1 . . , -~tL, golf, soccer, and cross ers m their s oft : ~ ~es can't be separated ' d t a of ' " " a:~"lt comes to the boorish, Leslie Lawson ~w d delvin in human cholo sa i~radtu.c~mt:c~ t~h:sb ri~h" Le~i:L~a~s :'the ackn le ged da~lovitgiunmhumaninl~y:h~l l~ ao~ ~Iv' . . g psy gy y ve Ones doing their best to Even at that, she doesn't win forts. She finished ahead of run- ~, and the scant few whoraces ner~ with I~n~ ~t~s h~t,~r ~- &'qEV~ e~ * ~di'ng the mammum efforts But she leads the Jefferson con-ordination, and those who couldn't ~. es will allow, tingent to meet victories --- far keep up to her even though they to identify with those more important in the scheme of should have been able to beat her. ~tip~etting the most from the team' sports. Leslie Lawson gets the highest ~1~ 'a~eveloping bodies: The Jefferson's girls won the Cum- mark for achieving everything she ~ re as effective and con- berland Valley Athletic League could and boosting her team to ev- Zhey possibly can be. team title when Lawson was erything it could be. Jefferson's Leslie Lawson Lawson finished seven in the regional meet, leading a group of others to a second straight team championship. Rebekah Muck, Jiketta Underwood, and Rebecca Clark did as well as any of them ever has in coming home in ninth, tenth, and llth places. Lawson and the Jefferson team had done as well as it could. Other teams had more talented runners, enough that Jefferson probably should not be wearing the regional crown again this week at the state meet in Williamstown, But they are wearing it. And Lawson happens to be the best runner, reaching her athletic potential. Cross country runners Rebecca Myers (left), Rebecca Clark, and Jiketta Underwood compete in the recent CVA~ Meet won by the Lady Cougars.