Following its 55-0 shutout win over Clarion University on Saturday at Ram Stadium, Shepherd’s football team found out it will host University of Findlay at noon this Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

The Rams (10-1) had originally been scheduled to host Slippery Rock in their regular-season finale, but the Rockets played in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, so Clarion, the standby game on Shepherd’s schedule, moved into that slot.

The Rams had no trouble in Saturday’s rout of the Golden Eagles.

Quarterback Tyson Bagent, who was named D2Football. Com Offensive Player of the Week last week, completed 32 of 45 passes against Clarion for 447 yards and four touchdowns. Ryan Beach had nine receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown.

Josh Gonarek had four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. Ronnie Brown and Alex Wetzel also had touchdown catches from Bagent.

Ty Hebron rushed for 60 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown for Shepherd. Brown also had a rushing touchdown.

Chrys Lane had six tackles to lead the Rams’ defense, including three solo tackles. Ricky Robinson and Kendall Duckworth each had four solo tackles. Duckworth also had an interception.

Hayden August-Scriv kicked seven extra points for the Rams. He kicked a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter.


Shepherd remains ranked No. 2 in the NCAA’s Division II Atlantic Region poll. Wheeling holds the top-ranking.

Georgia Ohmke, a senior middle hitter on the team, was named the most recent PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Week. She led the Rams to three match wins last week, with 24 kills, 15 blocks and 13 digs over a 12-set span.

Ohmke set season-highs with 15 kills and 15 service points in Shepherd’s 3-0 win over Bloomsburg this season. 

Shepherd wrapped up its regular-season schedule on Saturday with a 3-0 win against Millersville on the road. Kiara Rakestraw had 13 digs and 10 kills for the  Rams. Mikaylah Hoy had 10 digs.

 Victoria Nicholes had 27 assists for Shepherd. Claire Ellis had 15 digs.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Shepherd had to go five sets to defeat West Chester, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20, 20-25, 15-8. Hoy had 17 digs with 15 kills. Kiara Rakestraw had 14 kills with 14 digs. 

Kitanna Rakestraw had 14 kills with eight blocks for Shepherd.  


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