Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

AREA ROUNDUP ; Shepherd, UC Football in Super Region One Rankings

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

AREA ROUNDUP ; Shepherd, UC Football in Super Region One Rankings

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Shepherd and the University of Charleston were the only two Mountain East Conference football teams to make the NCAA Division II Super Region One rankings released Monday. Sheperd (7-0) earned the top-spot and is one of two unbeaten teams left in the region. The Rams are ranked sixth in the latest American Football Coaches Association poll.

UC checks in at No. 3, with its only loss coming to Shepherd. The Golden Eagles (7-1) cracked the AFCA poll for the first time this season on Monday, coming in at No. 23.

Super Region One is comprised of schools from the MEC, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the Northeast-10. The top seven teams in the final region rankings will earn bids to the NCAA Divison II playoffs.

* Notre Dame's Malik Grove and Shepherd's James Gupton and Ryan Earls have earned MEC player of the week honors, the league announced Monday.

Grove, a sophomore quarterback, took home the offensive award as he directed a Falcon offense that scored 59 points in a win over West Liberty last Thursday night. He completed 30 of 42 passes for 499 yards with three touchdowns and ran for another score.

Gupton took defensive honors, racking up a game-high 14 tackles to help lead the sixth-ranked Rams to a 35-28 win over Concord.

Earls earned the specials teams award as he went 3 for 3 on field goals and had touchbacks on seven of his eight kickoffs in Shepherd's win, becoming the Rams' leader for field goals in a season (14) and a career (37).

* West Virginia Wesleyan's Jordan Halpern is the MEC men's soccer offensive player of the week, while University of Charleston's Conor Branson earned defensive honors.

Halpern netted a goal in the Bobcats' 3-0 over Shepherd and tallied two assists as Wesleyan earned a draw against No. 20 Urbana.

Branson helped hold Notre Dame to zero shots on goal in the first half as the fifth-ranked Eagles earned a 3-2 win and scored the decisive goal in UC's 1-0 win over Concord. …

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