Sunday, December 1, 2013

Rams hit end of, WSSU can’t overcome Shepherd’s defense, injury to QB Johnson

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. — Winston-Salem State’s season ended Saturday on a cold and clear afternoon.

Sixth-ranked Shepherd scored one touchdown in the third quarter and made it stand up in a 7-0 victory in front of an overflow crowd of more than 6,000 at Ram Stadium. Shepherd (11-0) advances to the Division II quarterfinals and will be at home again next weekend against West Chester.

No. 9-ranked WSSU, the Division II runner-up last season, finishes 10-2 record after being shut out for the first time in Coach Connell Maynor’s four seasons and the first time since 2008.

"It was two great defenses, and both offenses struggled, but basically it came down to who was going to make the plays, and they made more plays than we did," Maynor said. "And they won a football game."

WSSU’s offense struggled more, especially after starting quarterback Rudy Johnson was injured on a first-quarter sack. He was replaced by junior DeShean Townsend, who was seeing the first extended playing time of his career.


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