Two St. Mark’s products are helping a Division II university off to a fast start in 2014.
Jeffrey Ziemba, a 2012 graduate of St. Mark’s High School who is the starting quarterback at Shepherd University in West Virginia, is showing Rams fans the same form he did in leading St. Mark’s to the 2010 Division I state title.
Ziemba, a sophomore, completed all 14 of his pass attempts in a 56-0 victory over Fairmont State last Saturday in Shepherdstown. He threw for 262 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran the ball three times for 22 yards. The week before, in the season opener, Ziemba completed 17 of 25 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. His completion percentage for the season is 79.5 percent. Shepherd is 2-0.
In the game against Fairmont State, Ziemba’s classmate, running back Jabre Lolley, ran for 78 yards on just nine carries. He ran for touchdowns of one, 11 and 16 yards. Lolley has carried 23 times for 131 yards (5.7 per attempt) and five scores in the Rams’ first two games. He also has one pass reception for two yards.
The Rams, members of the Mountain East Conference, are ranked 11th in NCAA Division II by the American Football Coaches Association, one spot behind West Chester University. They return to action Saturday at noon at Urbana (Ohio).