Tyson Bagent’s passing proficiency once again carried Shepherd University’s football team to another win last Saturday.
Bagent completed 31 of 37 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Rams to a 62-18 road win at Redman Stadium. His longest pass was a 67-yard touchdown throw to Ryan Beach less than four minutes into the first quarter.
Shepherd, which ranked No. 10 in the most recent NCAA Division II football poll (Oct. 26), is 8-1 overall, 5-1 in PSAC play.
Shepherd dominated Bloomsburg in Saturday’s win, posting 555 yards in total offense, compared with 252 yards by Bloomsburg. The Rams led at the half, 21-16, but went on a 41-2 scoring spree in the second half, blowing the game open.
Beach was Shepherd’s top receiver, with six catches for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In addition to his 67-yard TD catch, he also caught a short, 5-yard touchdown pass later in the first quarter.
Josh Gontarek caught two touchdown passes from Bagent on Saturday. His TD catches were good for four and eight yards, respectively. Gontarek also returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Greg Leonard caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Bagent in the fourth quarter.
Ty Hebron, who was named PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week last week, led Shepherd’s running game with 84 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. He scored on a short, 2-yard run, in the third quarter.
Hebron was also named to the DC Touchdown Club’s honor roll.
Mark Holloway returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter for the Rams. Avaughn Holley closed out the game’s scoring for Shepherd on a 9-yard run with less than two minutes to go in the game.
The Rams close out their 2021 schedule with a pair of home games. Shepherd hosts East Stroudsburg on Saturday, followed by Slippery Rock on Saturday, Nov. 13. Both games begin at noon.
This Saturday’s home game is Military Appreciation Day. The game against Slippery Rock is Senior Day.
The Rams suffered a pair of losses last week, dropping a 4-0 decision at Lock Haven on Wednesday, Oct. 27; and losing to Millersville at home on Saturday. The Rams are 2-15 on the year.
Billy Wood had eight saves over the two matches for Shepherd.
Shepherd split its two matches last week.
The Rams defeated Lock Haven, 3-2, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, but lost to Millersville on Saturday, 2-1. Shepherd is 4-10-1.
Sara Hohn scored a pair of goals in the win over Lock Haven for Shepherd. Delaney Bittner had the other Rams’ goal. Hohn had one assist.
Bittner had Shepherd’s goal against Millersville, on an assist from Hohn.
Faith Geraci had five saves for the Rams in the Lock Haven match. Lulu Fricks had four saves for Shepherd against Millersville.
East Stroudsburg swept Shepherd, 25-15, 25-16, 25-22 on Friday at Shepherdstown. The Rams are 18-3 (7-2 PSAC East).
Victoria Nicholes had 20 assists and eight digs for the Rams. Elyssia Smith had five kills and three blocks.
Shepherd’s women are picked to finish second in the PSAC East, according to the recent pre-season poll. Shippensburg and Gannon University are pre-season divisional picks, with Shippensburg predicted to win PSAC East and Gannon to win the PSAC West.
In men’s basketball, the Rams are projected to finish sixth in the conference. Shippensburg (PSAC East) and IUP (PSAC West) are the pre-season favorites to win their respective divisions.
— Bill Cauley