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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, November 12, 1998 13 = (70), defensive front held Glenville to six points and moved to 8-1 overall. Shown (l-r) are 'Ibm Mercer less than 100 yards rushing (99), Chris Field (92), Todd shown is Jason LaRue. Matt Roark (97), Johnathan Hibbard (90). Not By Bob Madison West Liberty on Saturday. A biting wind blew through And the Rams felt an exhila- Ram Stadium, chasing away most rated vindication with the punish- of the bitter memories of past ing win for Glenville had beaten losses to Gtenville. them by 30 points last season, It was an ill-tempered, well- leaving the two schools tied for the prepared, WVIAC menace that league title, and Shepherd with- left pre-occupied Glenville in dis- out its first-ever opportunity to array Saturday. That blue-clad venture into the NCAA's Division menace to its seven conference II playoffs. brethren was Shepherd. And the There were individual records Rams dispatched the Pioneers, 36- set, those by Shepherd running. 6, with an offensive-defensive pre- back Damian Beane and punt re- cision that belied the chilled con- turner James Rooths. But the ditions, leaving Shepherd as the team win was what was savored league champion at 8-1 overall long into the night. and 6-0 amongst its "peers". Glenville's run of five straight league championships - either out- When it was announced that right or shared - was gone. And no Fairmont had lost its chance by one seemed to be concerned about dropping a 33-28 decision to Wes- the on-field and off-field problems leyan, it meant Shepherd could be the Pioneers have been saddled crowned the outright 1998 titleist with this season. Player defec- even with a remaining game at tions, injuries, and a talent dropoffhave made (]lenville a .500 team, leaving Shepherdstown with a 5-5 overall record and a 3-3 league mark. For the individuals, it was Beane taking his 39 carries for t record-setter Damian Beane slices into the and More Beane Bob Madison running back has made the department at ~group of "Beane e has made Shep- on a game Saturday i.u '9 yards rushing on Saturday in c nference-clinching -~t still other league or est performance, past one-time Ram darns and took the Virginia Conference Ishing yards with ~t has still another season, a season amassed 1,612 carries or 5.95 yards [ he has another sea- senior year. er yards rushing freshest of a e accomplish- start of this year, school records. ~hing touchdowns in 1997, points (114), and one-sea- (I,590). He he-season mark for with his effort Rams' 8-1 season, more and more his burgeoning list als. t SUre bet to be named Offensive Player of ! the Year, Beane now owns the Shepherd records for: career rushing touchdowns (44), career scoring leader (286 points), career all-purpose yards (4,945), career total offense (4,569), career 100- yard rushing games (24), and sea- soil 100-yard rushing games in succession (this year with all 9 games). Beane's 10 career 200-yards rushing games is also a school mark. In the first eight games of the year, Beane was named the WVIAC Offensive Player of the Week no less than four times. With nearly every Shepherd op- ponent now stacking eight or nine players within the area between the Shepherd offensive tackles, Beane has still managed 123 yards against Fairmont, 117 against West Virginia State, and 199 versus Glenville. Those three teams have by far the best confer- ence defenses when not counting Shepherd's stingy bunch. Chip Ransom and Kip Gageby and the Shepherd sports informa- tion department are boosting Beane's first-team all-America credentials, as well as beating the promotional drums for the Harlon Hill Award, Division II's version of the Heisman Trophy. With Shepherd a relative new- comer on the national scene, such accolades would be a pleasant sur- prise But Beane's place on the first-team all-conference unit as well the Offensive Player of the Year are all but confirmed. Everybody says, "Records are made to be broken". Most of the Glenville secondary in the Rams' 36-6 win last Saturday. ones Beane set this season will be already, Beane, the marked man, broken - by him, and some of those has kept the "Beane Counters" career marks will be shattered, busy, kept the opposition up All-America honors and pos- nights trying to figure ways to sible Harlon Hill recognition could blunt his effectiveness, and kept come next year. Shepherd in the national spot- But with a wall full of records light. By Bob Madison It isn't often that West Virginia and Shepherd are placed in simi- lar circumstances. They are this week. West Virginia kept the state's hearts aflutter by grimly holding on to defeat a talented Syracuse team. By stopping a last-ditch Orangemen pass into their end zone, the Mountaineers averted a three-game losing streak and likely avoided having to drag themselves to the Motor City Bowl in late December. There were folks from the Lib- erty Bowl in Memphis and the Music City Bowl in Nashville in attendance at the Syracuse uplift- ing. Now at 5-3 (please don't count on an 8-3 season even with Rutgers, Boston College, and Pittsburgh to play), the Mountain- eers COULD finish at 8-3, or at least 7-4. Either 8-3, or even 7-4, will get the Mountaineers to some bowl. Continued on next page Enjoy live racing four days a week, along with a full card of simulcasting seven days a week. For fun and entertainment, Charles Town Races is a sure thing. Gaming and earn Tuesdays through December 22 Merry Mystery Stockings" Thursdays through December 17 $5,000 Cash Drawing" Drawings every half-hour from 6-10 p.m.$1,000 winners drawn every hour Win the drawing, and the stocking you from 6-10 p.m. choose could have up to $1,000 inside! 199 yards and a new conference career rushing yardage record. He has amassed 4,560 yards to surpass one-time Ram runner Bill Adams by 193 yards. Beane now holds a fistful of Shepherd offensive records. In his grasp are the following marks: ca- reer rushing touchdowns (44), ca- reer scoring (286 points), career all-purpose yards (4,945), career ~otal offense (4,569), and career 100-yard games (24). As for Rooths, his fifth punt- return TD of the 1998 season gave Shepherd a 23-6 lead and took the remaining life out of an already reeling Pioneer team. Five punt return scores in a season is an NCAA record for all divisions, including the Florida State's, Southern Cal's, and Nebraska's of the football world It eclipsed the mark tied last year by Shepherd's Bootsie Washing- ton. But as spirit-boosting as were the individual marks, the play of Shepherd's three team units -- of- lense, defense, and offensive spe- cial teams -- was even more wel- comed. Beane and Michael Evans gave the Rams over 300 rushing yards as a tandem. There were enough pass completions to either help set ,up scores or have Adley Shepherd receive the one TD pass thrown by Matt Davis. The Ram defense kept the Pio- neers well below 100 yards in rushing offense, recorded mean- ingful sacks, had three intercep- tions, a fumble recovery, and sur- rendered only one play that went for more than 20 yards. Rooths' 72-yard return was the shiniest play by the special teams. What does the successful tam- ing of Glenville mean for the sea- son? It means the Rams solified their hold on a high regional rank- ing, the barometer used to deter- mine postseason entrants. Espe- cially since California (PA) was blasted by Shippensburg, 52-12, because California was higher rated than was Shepherd. It means with a win over West Liberty, the Rams will complete a second straight 9-1 season. And it means should West Liberty fall, the Rams would reach the NCAA Division II postseason for the first time. And it would mean an unde- feated run through the conference. But most of all, it removes much of the stigma of having Glenville dominate the conference -- and the Rams -- for five years, not lean years in Shepherdstown, but years when they knew there was a team in their own league they were able to beat only once during the Pioneers string of titles. 1 | Wednesday, November 18, 7- I0 p.m. 1-800-362-9298 All omelette entrees, soups and solads. CBe a layer. . . 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