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Slippery Rock, Shepherd Advance in DII Football Playoffs

Slippery Rock's Noah Grover. Photo Slippery Rock athletics.

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -The Shepherd University Rams and The Rock of Slippery Rock University both won their matchups Saturday in the NCAA Division II Super Region 1 Tournament.

The Rams defeated New Haven University, 16-13, while SRU beat Assumption University, 17-14 to advance. The Indiana University of Pennsylvania earned the bye week as the top seed and awaited the victory of Ashland University over Notre Dame College (Ohio), 20-13.

For Shepherd, they got off to a slower start than they’re used to only tallying seven points in the first half, but held New Haven to six.

Eventually, they would rely on PSAC All-Conference honoree Ronnie Brown for a pair of touchdowns en route to a 16-13 victory. Brown finished with 20 carries for 223 yards and two touchdowns averaging 11.2 yards per carry.

As for The Rock and Assumption, it was also a defensive battle. SRU led at halftime, 17-7, but Assumption worked their way back into it.

Chris D’Or tallied SRU’s touchdown in the first quarter, while Cohen Russell got a pass from Noah Grover to put Slippery Rock up 10 with 1:49 left before the break.

The defense held strong in the second half on its way to the victory, 17-14.

With the Rams win, they’ll host The Rock next Saturday with the time to be announced.

As for IUP, they will host Ashland as the Crimson Hawks are the No. 1 team in the region.

The three out of the last four teams remaining in the Super Region 1 Tournament are all from the PSAC.

For more updates, keep an eye on the NCAA Bracket link at the top of the page.

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