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20 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, October 29, 1998 Damon McDowell leaps to make one of the two intercep- tions he had in the Cougars 45-26 win over Martinsburg. By Bob Madison It was a lean Saturday for the Shepherd offense, not a famine, but not the statistical feast the Rams have been showing their fel- low West Virginia Conference foes. But the Rams thrived never- theless. Thrived to the extent that they now have the conference championship squarely within their sights. That's because there were enough highlight film plays - - four to be exact -- to ease past Fairmont, 19-16, leaving the Rams as the league's lone un- beaten team at 4-0 and 6-1 over- all. As important as any one play the tense struggle saw was a 68- yard punt return for a score by James Rooths that erased a 6-0 Fairmont lead and gave Shepherd a quick emotional boost when their offense was being harnessed by the Falcon defensive front. Rooths' scoring jaunt was his fourth punt-return TD of the sea- son, tying the NCAA Division II record for punt-return scores in one season, a record set in 1997 by the Rams' Bootsie Washington. Fairmont worked its way me- ticulously through the Ram de- fense on an 80-yard drive that gave it three points on a Nathan White 22-yard field goal Then came the second of the highlight film plays that would save the Rams. Adley Shepherd breezed past his single-coverage defender and caught a 75-yard scoring pass from Matt Davis to trump the Fal- con field goal. Two huge, long-strike scoring plays, little else, and Shepherd led, 13-9, at the half. Damian Beane was held to 55 yards on 13 tries, the Rams were 5-for-17 with their pass offense, and had punted six times -- yet they led by four points. With 9:55 left in the third quab- ter, the Falcons were back in front, 16-13, courtesy of a fumble recov- ery on the Shepherd 32, two pass completions totaling 24 yards and Rob Davidson's two-yard scoring run. Shepherd was easily winning the field position war as the game CHEERLEADING The Shepherd College cheer- leaders have invited cheer squads of all skill levels to compete in their annual Shepherd College Cheerleading Invitational. This event will be held at the Butcher Athletic Center on the Shepherd campus on Saturday, November 4, 1998. Sanctioned by the WVSSAC, this competition is a yearly fund- raiser for the Shepherd Cheer- leaders, as well as a great experi- ence for cheer squads on any age or skill level. Prior to the compe- tition on Saturday, November 14, there will be a cheer clinic for grades I through 12. For any questions, please call Debbie Reeder at (301) 432-5068, or Bonnie Ingram at (301) 432- 5406. High School ~ores Jefferson 46 Mertinsburg 28 Allegany 7 Keyaer S Frankfort 24 Berkeley Springs 14 Hedgesvillc 34 Osbourn Park 30 Petersburg 7 Northern Garrett 6 Moorefleld 29 Beall 15 High School Schedule Jefferson at Hedgesvllle Hampshire at Mus~lman Westmar at Keyser Fort Hill st Martinsburg Berkeley Springs at East Hardy Bishop Welsh st Frankfort Moorefle|d at Pendleton Co. By Bob Madison of their collective doorsteps by a 1- 6 start to a season that had much Jefferson swept most of the promise before it was begun in frustration of a losing season far Cumberland against Allegany. from the site of its raucous Home- Martinsburg came in with a re- coming punishing of arch rival juvenated team, a 4-3 record and Martinsburg, replacing it with hopes of a possible playoff berth only remembrances of a night after several years of a barren ex- where the stands were full and istence, with losing seasons the celebrating, the bands were lively norm. and added to the revelry, and From the pre-game band per- there were enough individual he- formance, to the first half of both roics to fill a season's worth of teams' offenses, to the halftime games, crowning of the Homecoming In winning 45-26, the Cougars queen and more excellence from chased away much of the sting the bands, to a second half of Cou- and self-doubt that had been left gar offensive explosiveness, to a wound grudgingly through the third and early fourth quarters. But the Rams could not get through the Falcon front seven be- cause of the quality tackling Beane was seeing, and the unre- lenting rush from linebacker Rudy Flanagan that was keeping Davis either on the run or on his back. Protecting their three-point lead, the Falcons finally got out of their own end of the field and punted the Rams back to their own 15. A skimpy 28-yard Shep- herd punt left the Falcons at the Ram 43, from where they moved to the 17 and faced a fourth down. Instead of opting for another field goal, the Falcons lined up as if to try one, but then White took a direct snap and tried a pass to a wide open end. His effort sailed over a diving receiver and the Rams were still breathing despite having blown the coverage. But they were 83 yards from home. And they had done virtu- ally nothing the whole second half with their offense. Enter the third highlight film play. On first down, Davis found Thomas Snyder for 32 yards out to near midfield. Only 2:35 re- mained to play. After three harmless plays, and with only one bullet left, Davis hit Shepherd for 11 yards and a game- saving first down. There were less than two min- utes remaining and the Rams were still at the Falcon 35. Davis bobbled the next snap, but got free for nine yards. Time for the last play for the film. Beane slipped through the dense middle of the Falcon front, got 25 yards, and left the Rams on the one. Davis sneaked in on the next play, but the try for point was missed for the second time, and a It's 75 yards and a Shepherd touchdown as Adley Shepherd takes this perfectly throw strike from quarterback Matt Davis. The Rams needed this play as they survived the Fal- cons, 19-16, and took over undisputed first place in the WVIAC. "field goal was still all that sepa- rated the teams, Shepherd in front, 19-16. A bouncing, hard-to-field kick- off had the Falcons at their 15. They got three completions that left them at their 49 with but three seconds remaining. A fruit- less Hail Mary pass was batted away at about the Shepherd ll- yard line, and the Rams had put Fairmont in the position of having to try to catch them by watching the scoreboards the next three weeks, hoping someone else can do what it barely failed to accom- plish. And the Rams will watch the game film looking for Rooths, Shepherd, Snyder, and Beane and knowing they would have lost without those four plays of game- saving note. COMMUNITY Euclid Ave. 725-7021 A Drug Free Work p/ace the Eastern Full Line of p, A Lubricants Call Today For Our Heating Oil Prices & For A Summer Fill! We Honor Visa/Mastercard Z~ 01 L CO Inc. Charles Town, W. Va. Part.'ers in Education with Harpers Ferry Jr. High D--] r"~ ' II [~Friendly & Informal [~Short & Sweet ~Casual Dress [Stimulating [ Vibrant Music [' During Children's Sunday School l Other Options Worship at ~:30 & 11 a.m. With Full Choirs S,mday ~hool tbr all Ages at 9:30 a,m. ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ':A Church of the Ever- Videning Circle offering diversity, reaching outward with Christ at our Center." 1 lo W. North Street in Charles Town, xV. Va. 725-5513 II III I ii Illll I I' ' post-game midfield exorcising ot der. It totaled 45: the demons that had plagued the offense, all but 62 Cougars from Game One, the on theground. night was a swirl of choreo- long TD runs of graphed fun -- at least from the yards and Jefferson sideline, yards, while Jason And it was made fun by the 542 yards, most of it yards of total offense from scoring run. Jefferson's stable of effective run- But the Bulldo~ ners and quarterback Eric Smoot, overs. and seven touchdowns. Conceding the C And even with the offensive turnover edgekept fireworks popping all round, it a chasing mode was made fun because the game And chase th~ was nearly always in doubt and did, the Cougars finally ended with a robust Jeffer- to be caught. son victory to savor, closed to within, 2[ There were enough statistics got three strai for the winners to gorge them- a 36-yard Smoot. selves on, with Damon McDowell aerial, the next a, scoring four times, gaining 92 by Mercer, and, fin~ yards on the ground, intercepting McDowell run. two passes, and catching two of That spree Smoot's completions, even a late 65-yt Weighing in with his produc- Sherman wasn't tion was B.J. Mercer with 204 thetidalwave rushing yards, one score, and The Jefferson menacing downfield blocking that Hedgesville on had not been seen before. Wee against still Nelson reeled off 107 yards on the school with a ground, and Smoot threw three making the touchdown passes, accounting for are 4-4, still alive 116 air yards, and no intercep- dards, and tions, with wins over th~ Almost lost in the avalanche of Musselman. ~ ][| long runs, mood swing changes, But few, if any, of~ and each team's comebacks was will forget Frida the effectiveness of Jefferson's of- game, when some 0 fensive line. It provided running dancing offthe field- room to the outside, between the pation of the tackles, and gave Smoot the time as happiness to heave his scoring throws, of the e~ening. Martinsburg would not surren- had played to rave VA EY D 121 W. Washington St Charles Town (304) We hope you have enjoyed the golfing season at Locust Hill. The New Year is fast approaching. There are many improvements planned for Locust Hill. We are looking forward for the club house construction to begin. A new fleet of golf carts will also be here in early spring. Because of the overwhelming r luests for memberships, you may want your spot as a member for 1999. If you are interested, please return the bottom section of this ad indicating the type of membership you would like to reserve We also ask that you send a non-refundable $200 deposit that will be applied towards your membership and agree that the balance will be paid by December 31, 1998. We will be capping the total membership at 100. Only 69 memberships are left. As soon as we receive your deposit with your information below, you will be able to play the remainder of 1998 as a member. Membership includes: Priority Tee Times Green Fees Pro Shop Charge Privileges 10% Discount on Non-Sale Pro Shop Merchandise Free Lesson Clinic Opportunities to join the Mens and Ladies Associations Name(s) Address City/State/Zip Phone Please select the members~up desired" Price ----Single $885.00 ---Resident Single (Locust Hill/Tuscawilla Hills mident) $775.00 Family (Husband, wife & ch dren 17 & under.) $13 5 5.00 Resident Family (IJx~ ~l/Tuscawflla HiUs resident) $1245.00 ----Weekday $675.00 --- Weekday Senior $625.00 --- Junior Weekday (under 21) $265.00 --- Range Program (unlimited rangeballs for member) $285.00 .--- Corporate Membership - please inquire in Pro Shop for more details Cash Discount (cash or check) $850.00 $75O.OO $1300.00 $1200.00 $650.00 $6OO.OO $25o.oo Locust Hill Golf $275.oo l Saint Charles Town, WV For more mfbrmation, call or stop by the Pro Shop 728- 7300.