Shepherd Picked to Repeat in Mountain East
College Football doesn’t just happen in Huntington or Morgantown on fall Saturday’s in the state. It’s happening in the Mountain East Conference.
The Shepherd Rams were picked by league coaches to repeat as conference champs for the upcoming season in just the second season of the Mountain East Conference. Shepherd collected 95 points in the preseason poll and was picked to finish first on seven different coaches ballots in the 12-team conference. Concord was picked to finish second and collected three first-place votes and the University of Charleston was third, receiving two first place votes.
Shepherd Head Coach Monte Cater didn’t expect the preseason pick of number one.
“I’m shocked we’re picked to finished first because of the losses that we have, but we like the idea of that challenge and I know our guys have worked very very hard,” Cater said. “We have some great leadership on this football team and we’re excited about what we have to face here in a few weeks as far as that first football game up at West Liberty.”
Despite the losses, Shepherd returns seven starters on offense and five on defense from the team that captured the MEC championship. Shepherd didn’t lose a game in the conference before advancing to the quarterfinals in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. They finished 11-1 on the year.
Glenville State was picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll. Four of their five losses last season came by seven points or less on the way to a 6-5 record. Glenville State Head Coach David Hutchison hopes the preseason pick of 4th is a little low.
“How will be, ranked fourth that might be right or might be wrong, we’re hoping higher than that, obviously our goals are higher than that, but how fast we can come together and become a team and family and all those things is what’s going to dictate that by the end of the season,” Hutchison said.
The conference schedule kicks off September 4th with Notre Dame traveling to Fairmont to take on Fairmont State.