SHEPHERDSTOWN – Two big plays in the first half was all the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania team needed to seize momentum away from Shepherd University in Saturday’s home football opener at Ram Stadium.
The Golden Bears scored two quick touchdowns during that span, paving the way for what was going to be a 37-29 win over the 10th-ranked, and previously unbeaten, Rams on Family Day.
First, Kutztown quarterback Eric Nickel hooked up with Jerome Kapp for a 72-yard touchdown pass with 4 minutes, 12 seconds left in the opening quarter. That put the Golden Bears in front for good, 10-7.
Then with 12:18 left in the first half, Kutztown blocked a 22-yard field goal attempt by the Rams’ H. August-Scriv. The Golden Bears’ Antaun Lloyd scooped up the loose football at his own 12-yard line and took it the other way. It resulted in 87 yards for a touchdown.
The Rams (3-1) couldn’t get any closer than three the rest of the way.
“That was a 10-point swing right there,” Shepherd coach Ernie McCook said. “That blocked kick put us behind on the scoreboard. We ended up chasing the game from there.”
The Rams had two big things for them before Saturday’s game started. First, Shepherd was coming off a big win at Indiana University of Pennsylvania last week.
Second, Saturday was the first time in more than two years that Shepherd was playing an official home game. The long pause, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, limited team