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SHEPHERDSTOWN – It’s pretty recognizable that Shepherd fans know the Rams have possessed the best offense in the nation pretty much all season.

Beyond that, however, Shepherd’s defense entered last weekend as the nation’s top defensive touchdown producer.

Indeed, the Rams can score on offense and defense.

But who knew the defensive statistics?

Shepherd’s trainer Ernie McCook surely didn’t.

“It’s quite interesting,” he said.

Shepherd, the nation’s third-ranked team, heads into today’s Senior Matchday game against Bloomsburg at Ram Stadium with a chance to earn at least a tie for first place in Pennsylvania State’s East Division. Athletic Conference.

It would be the Rams’ first in his brief PSAC membership.

However, without a defensive score in last week’s 47-14 win over West Chester, Shepherd no longer sits atop a little-recognized defensive scoring stat.

A pair of defensive touchdowns a week ago elevated Notre Dame College above Shepherd. The Falcons have six defensive touchdowns for the season and Shepherd five.

Maybe Shepherd can catch up today against Bloomsburg (3-5).

The Huskies are making their first visit to Ram Stadium since 2006 when they won 24-21 in a regional championship game.

Bloomsburg is a very different team than when they beat the Rams behind two-time Harlon Hill finalist Jamar Brittingham, who rushed for 171 yards that day.

“Bloom is a team that is still young and finding itself,” McCook said. “They are capable of winning games.”

The Rams have remained relevant much longer and continue to be recognized nationally.

They were listed among 10 teams under consideration for a playoff berth, although their position is unknown as the NCAA has only released an alphabetical list of contenders.

Then there’s reigning Harlon Hill Trophy winner Tyson Bagent, who is closing in on a pair of all-time Division II passing records.

The Shepherd All-American received an invite to the Hula Bowl, joining his offensive lineman Joey Fisher in earning the same recognition.

Bagent completed 210 of 300 passes for 2,563 yards and 23 touchdowns, leaving him 1,248 yards short of the NCAA all-time record and seven touchdowns short of the record.

Bagent will be among 13 Shepherd seniors to be honored ahead of today’s lunchtime game.

In last week’s win at West Chester, Bagent threw three touchdown passes and ran for one of four touchdowns in the run game.

“I think we played our most complete game of the whole season,” McCook said. “We played well in all three phases, offensive, defensive and special teams.”

The Rams intercepted three passes, including one by Dewayne Grantham, Shepherd’s freshman linebacker who is tied for 11th nationally in interceptions per game.

But none of them were dismissed for touchdowns, leaving the Rams second in the nation.

They will accept this stat, which the head coach didn’t even know existed.


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