SHEPHERDSTOWN — After going undefeated and winning the initial Mountain East Conference football championship, Shepherd was heavily rewarded when the league announced its individual honors.
The Rams had a total of 11 players named to either the first-team All-Conference defensive squad or offensive team.
Named to the All-MEC defensive team were linebacker Levi Barber, free safety Corey Washington, lineman Mike Franklin, lineman Howard Jones, and lineman Robert Hayes.
Named to the All-MEC first-team offense were lineman Isaiah Shelton, lineman Jordan Dixon, running back Allen Cross and fullback Jonathan Hammer.
Special teams players Ryan Earls (placekicker) and C.J. Davis (return specialist) were also placed on the first-team All-Conference squad.
Hayes was tabbed as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Rams’ head coach Monte Cater was selected as the conference’s Coach of the Year.
Shepherd Running back Jabre Lolley was named the MEC Offensive Freshman of the Year and Rams’ linebacker Octavius Thomas was the MEC Defensive Freshman of the Year.
The other individual recipient of a league award was Urbana quarterback D.J. Mendenhall, who was selected as the MEC Offensive Player of the Year.
Receiving second-team All-Conference mention were Shepherd’s Lolley (running back), Hussam Ouri (offensive lineman), Xavier Tyler (defensive lineman) and De’Ontre Johnson (linebacker).
Listed on the “honorable mention” roll were the Rams’ Dontrewell Kelley (cornerback), Robert Byrd (wide receiver) and Troy McNeill (punter).
Charleston had five players selected to the first-team with Glenville, Notre Dame and Concord all having four players each placed on the 36-player All-Conference squad.