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Shepherd 59, Charleston 10

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. – Trailing 10-7 with 11:46 to play before halftime, Shepherd stepped up its game en route to a 59-10 victory over visiting Charleston Saturday.

After SU got on the board with a field goal, the Golden Eagles responded with a touchdown and field goal over the next nine minutes, taking a 10-3 lead with 11:46 to play before intermission. Taylor Franz had the touchdown reception from Maurice Leak and Puma Nuredini nailed the 37-yard attempt for the 10 points.

The Rams then scored 56 unanswered points, including 35 before the break. Kenny Williams’ 42-yard run tied the game and then Tommy Addison’s six-yard jaunt gave the home team the lead for good. Kenny Williams scored on a 16-yard run before DJ Scott returned a punt for a touchdown. John Frick registered a touchdown catch from Bobby Cooper just before half.

SU tacked on two third-quarter touchdowns before Kevin Williams’ run ended the scoring just 1:29 into the fourth.

Addison led all rushers with 114 yards and a touchdown. Kenny Williams had three scores and 88 yards for the Rams. Cooper completed 15-of-17 for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

For UC, Jordan Roberts rushed for 101 yards, including a long of 63. Leak completed 11-of-21 for 99 yards and a touchdown.

SU totaled 513 yards while the Golden Eagles had 226.

Fairmont State 41, West Liberty 12

WEST LIBERTY, W. Va. – Fairmont State recorded a 41-12 victory at West Liberty in WVIAC football action.

The Falcons were guided by Logan Moore’s 250 passing yards and three touchdown passes. Daniel Monroe led the ground attack with 29 yards. Moore added 20 and a touchdown run. Matt Wilmer guided the receivers with 84 yards and a score.

Garrett Davis recovered a fumble and had a 27-yard interception return. Ronnie Lockhart also added an interception for the Falcons’ defense.

For the Hilltoppers, L.D. Crow tossed for 106 yards while Ben Rogers hit for 57. Brandon Schroeder hauled in four passes for 57 yards and Brandon Carver caught two for 48 yards.

Griffin Yocum averaged 39 yards a punt for WLU and pinned one inside the 20. Alec Wood led all tacklers with 10 solo stops, including two for a loss. He also recovered a fumble. Brandon Thigpen forced two fumbles as did Ryan Hughes.

Moore opened the scoring with an eight-yard run. WLU answered quickly, but a blocked an extra point allowed FSU to hold onto a 7-6 lead. The Falcons added a late first-quarter score to go ahead 14-6.

The Falcons scored two touchdowns in the second frame and tacked on a field goal midway through the third before the Hilltoppers answered with a punt return for a touchdown.

Concord 38, WV State 7

ATHENS, W. Va. – Concord picked up its second consecutive victory with a 38-7 win over visiting WV State.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Mountain Lions erupted for 24 points in the second frame.

Chris Rodriguez opened the scoring with a three-yard run before Zack Grossi hit Ryan Stewart for a 10-yard touchdown with 9:26 to play in the second. A field goal put CU ahead 17-0. Then, Grossi went back to work, hitting Stewart for a 79-yard touchdown.

In the third frame, Ricky Phillips connected with Robert Jackson for a four-yard score, bringing the count to 24-7 in favor of the home team.

CU tacked on a touchdown by Brian Kennedy in the third before Grossi connected with Stewart for a 12-yard touchdown with 8:11 to play.

Grossi led the way for the Mountain Lions with 22 completions for 375 yards. Kennedy rushed for 127 yards on 19 carries and a score. Stewart hauled in seven passes for 177 yards and three scores.

Phillips threw for 215 yards and a score for the Yellow Jackets. Phillips also rushed for 26 yards.  Fabian Payne led WVSU with 106 yards on the ground. Landon Johnson recorded seven catches for 83 yards.
West Virginia Wesleyan 34, Seton Hill 10

GREENSBURG, Pa. – West Virginia Wesleyan remained perfect on the season with a 34-10 road win at Seton Hill Saturday.

Adam Neugebauer completed 35-of-48 passes for 427 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bobcats to the victory. Jon Meadows hauled in 11 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. T.J. Benners amassed 115 yards on five catches and registered a touchdown as well. Christian Smith guided the rushing attack with 101 yards and a score.

For the Griffins, Ryan Morris connected on 16 passes for 190 yards. Daniel Butler recorded a team-best 51 yards on the ground. Sean Randall hauled in three passes for a team-high 65 yards.

Keith Dickens got things going, scoring on a nine-yard run for WVWC just 3:01 into the game. Meadows then hauled in a 19-yard pass for a 13-0 lead.

The Griffins countered with a 30-yard field goal by Josh Cavalier with 3:54 to go in the first quarter. Calvin Mason then recovered a fumble and returned it 40 yards, bringing SHU within three, 13-10, at the break.

WVWC’s defense played stout in the second half, not allowing a point while the offense erupted for 21 unanswered points. Neugebauer had a one-yard plunge at the 11:07 mark of the third quarter. He then connected with Benners on a 35-yard pass with 7:07 to play in the third frame. Smith’s 10-yard run with 1:13 to play in the quarter wrapped up the scoring on the day.

For the day, Jonas Celian registered 16 tackles for WVWC. Jesse Robertson added 11. Nick McGahagan totaled 11 tackles for SHU.

The Bobcats amassed 559 yards of total offense to 258 for the Griffins.

UNC Pembroke 42, Glenville State 34

PEMBROKE, N.C.  – Glenville State was ahead early but could not make a fourth-quarter comeback, falling 42-34 at UNC Pembroke.

The Pioneers amassed 529 total yards in the game and controlled the clock but came up just short.

Darold Hughes completed 22 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown for GSC. Joe Mesadieu totaled 121 yards on the ground while Kareem Alexander had 111 yards for the rushing attack.

Jakhari Murphy had seven receptions for 87 yards while Antwan Stewart pulled in 66 yards receiving and added a touchdown.

Nate Ingersoll led the way with 13 tackles while Donald Marshall added 12.

GSC jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead when Mesadieu raced in for a score as did Hughes.

Ahead 14-7, Alexander scampered in for the touchdown and a two-score lead.

UNCP scored just 2:16 into the second half and added another with 3:18 to go in the quarter. However, the Pioneers would answer.

Hughes found Stewart for the 57-yard touchdown strike, putting GSC ahead 28-27.

The Braves answered with a touchdown of their own, but GSC fought back. Hughes scored on a run with 3:22 to play, but the extra point was not converted, allowing UNCP to hold a 35-34 advantage.

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