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Second-half surge carries Shepherd past Bobcats, 37-6

October 8, 2012
By Jesse Skiles - Sports correspondent , The Inter-Mountain

SHEPHERDSTOWN - Wesleyan turned the football over five times Saturday afternoon, falling to West Virginia Conference leader Shepherd, 37-6.

The Bobcats trailed 10-6 at the intermission, but the Rams struck for 27 unanswered second-half points.

Billy Brown put Shepherd on the board late in the first quarter, snaring a 15-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Cooper at the 5:45 mark. The Bobcats answered with a defensive touchdown as Brian Vukela raced 21 yards with an interception with 8:06 left in the half. However, the extra point was missed as was a short field goal try in the period, and the opportunity to put further pressure on the Rams was lost.

Shepherd's Ryan Earls drilled a 29-yard field goal in the last minute of the half, and Rams never looked back. They put two touchdowns on the board in each quarter of the second half.

Shepherd running back Allen Cross would score three consecutive touchdowns to seal the game. He scored on runs of 12 and 25 yards in the third quarter, and powered in from the 2 early in the fourth quarter. Cross ended the game with 118 yards on 19 carries to lead all rushers.

Shepherd amassed 175 yards rushing on the day on 50 total attempts, while Wesleyan was held to 26 yards on the ground on 17 attempts. Cooper was 14 of 23 through the air for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Rams led in total yards, 373-205, and in first downs, 24-14.

Jeremy Musselman was 17 of 40 passing for the Bobcats, tallying 179 yards. His primary target was Lavaughn Hughes, who had five receptions for 71 yards.Malcolm Yowk had 13 carries for 41 rushing yards.

Defensively, Vukela posted another double figure day in tackles, recording a game high eleven. Besides his scoring interception, he also collected two tackles for loss. He was followed by James Williamson with nine tackles and Jesse Robertson with seven.

Shepherd raises its overall record to 5-1 with the win. The Bobcats fall to 2-4 and will travel to WVC foe Fairmont State on Saturday.



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