Thursday, August 25, 2016

Team News - Athletic Shirts Available

The Killinger Foundation and the West Chester University Football Alumni are offering limited time apparel. The "Michael Horrocks Dedication" shirt is the same one that was originally made for the Michael Horrocks statue dedication held on September 11, 2010. The "Strength of the Team" shirt is in honor of recently deceased Golden Ram Sean Boylan. Both shirts have high quality features such as 100% moisture-wicking, snag-resistant, pill-resistant polyester, an athletic fit and double-needle stitched crew neck and are available for just $21 (more for XXL and XXXL) with all proceeds going to benefit the West Chester University football program.

Orders must be submitted via the online order store by the end of August. Shirts will be available for pickup at the Slippery Rock game on September 10th. Any questions or special delivery arrangement requests can be e-mailed to Joe Walsh.



Monday, August 22, 2016

Player News - Gilbert Lands Another Preseason All-American Nod

Senior offensive tackle Doug Gilbert received yet another honor as he was recognized as a second team preseason All-American by D2Football.com. Last week he was selected as a preseason All-American by FootballGameplan.com.

Gilbert is a two-time first team All-PSAC East selection and after last season was named first team CCA All-Super Region 1, first team All-ECAC, second team Dan Hansen Football Gazette Super Region 1 and second team USA College Football All-American. He was also named a PSAC Scholar-Athlete for the 2015-2016 season and was recently named second team preseason All-Division II by Lindy’s Sports.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Team News - 2016 First Scrimmage Report

Linebacker Kevin Duggan and defensive back Blaise Schieler both had picks off Andrew Derr. Despite his escort to the end zone, Schieler tweaked something and did not return to action (Photo Ron Hockman)

Wideout Tyler Karpinski had several dramatic catches. This simple crossing pattern resulted in a touchdown (Photo Ron Hockman)

Rashee Davis defends Marcus Sydnor in the end zone (Photo Ron Hockman)

True freshman running back Nafeese Nasir gets around Quintin Smith. There's a lot of running backs with seniority, but after yesterday's performance, it may be difficult to keep Nasir off the field (Photo Ron Hockman)

Guard Vince Lostracco pulls to provide a lead block for Jarel Elder
(Photo Ron Hockman)

True freshman quarterback Mike Alley rolled out to complete a pass to classmate Cody Boozel. The two connected a few times on the afternoon.
(Photo Ron Hockman)

Jordan Banks makes a leaping catch (Photo Ron Hockman)

Receiver Lex Rosario makes the catch but can't escape Kevin Duggan as Kevin Malone closes in (Photo Ron Hockman)

Defensive tackle Mark Webb fights through a double team (Photo Ron Hockman)

John Dubyk chases down Pat Moriarty (Photo Ron Hockman)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Player News - Four Golden Rams Receive D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award

Four West Chester Golden Ram players have received honors for their performance in the classroom this past season. Senior defensive back Pete Galiano, senior defensive back Kyle Keyser, junior linebacker Justice Smith, and sophomore kicker Blaise Toroni were all named recipients of the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award. In order to be recognized, each player must have completed a minimum of four semesters of college work, have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during the past academic year, and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5. Overall, 73 women and 24 men from West Chester University received recognition. The PSAC was the most represented conference in the country with 846 student-athletes honored.

National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics - Division 2 ADA Announces 2015-16 Academic Achievement Award Winners

Friday, August 19, 2016

Alumni News - Shabazz Gets More Playing Time in Pittsburgh

Former Golden Ram Al-Hajj Shabazz played most of the second half in the Steelers' 17-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Unlike last week when Shabazz played right cornerback, against the Eagles he was at left corner. He registered three solo tackles and an assist for four total tackles, good for sixth on the team for the game.

However, the highlight that's playing in Philadelphia sports media is at the end of the Eagles first drive of the second half. On a first and goal from the Steelers' five yard line, Philadelphia inserted newly acquired wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham in for his first play as an Eagle. Isolated against the 6'5 receiver in the corner of the end zone, Hajj got his head around in time to break up the potential touchdown pass.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday - 1926

Head coach J.A. McGovern lost a lot of linemen to graduation and the 1926 replacements didn't match the alumni's size. As a result, points were at a premium this season, but the defense played very well. The season didn't start until October and a trip to the Hill School in Pottstown resulted in a 3-0 loss for West Chester Normal.

The Yellow Jackets, as they were then called, defeated Williamson Trade School 39-0, and Franklin and Marshall Academy 12-6, on Wayne Field. A trip to Bloomsburg Normal resulted in a 9-0 loss to the Tigers, as they were known. Then in the biggest game of the year in front of the biggest crowd ever to watch an athletic event at Wayne Field, West Chester hosted Shippensburg. The visitors shot out to a 9-0 lead, but West Chester closed the lead to 9-7 by halftime. In the second half, West Chester converted two blocked punts into touchdowns to take a 19-9 lead. Shippensburg tacked on a final touchdown, but West Chester won by a final score of 19-15.

The following week, the West Chester defense allowed just two field goals to visiting Stroudsburg, but the Yellow Jacket offense failed to score and West Chester lost 6-0. It was the first ever meeting between the two schools. The final game of the season was a 25-0 rout at Millersville Normal and West Chester would finish the season 4-3.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Team News - Key Summer Dates

The Golden Rams opened camp a week ago, so it's time to firm up the schedule for the rest of the summer. Below are the key dates for the next couple of weeks for Golden Ram football fans:

Please note - Scrimmage dates and times are subject to change.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Team News - AFCA Preseason Poll Released

The Golden Rams were not ranked among the top 25 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II preseason poll. West Chester was listed as "others receiving votes" and were 29th in points. The Golden Rams open the 2016 season on September 2 when they visit Bentley. Their week two opponent, Slippery Rock, is #11 in the AFCA preseason poll.

American Football Coaches Association - Northwest Missouri State No. 1 in Preseason AFCA Poll

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Player News - Phillips, Toney Removed from Roster

After an off the field incident, wide receiver Russhon Phillips and defensive tackle Dominic Toney have been removed from the Golden Ram roster.

Phillips transferred from Lehigh prior to the 2014 season and spent that season as a defensive back but did not see game action. He was not appear on the 2015 roster. He had been listed on this season's roster as a wide receiver.

Although Toney reportedly redshirted at IUP in 2013, although his name did not appear on their roster or media guide. He then transferred to West Chester but did not appear in a contest in 2014. Toney was listed as the second string defensive tackle prior to 2015, but did not see game action last season.

As a result of Phillips leaving the team, senior wide receiver Jim Hurley has acquired jersey #2.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Alumni News - Shabazz Sees Action with Steelers

Former Golden Ram Al-Hajj Shabazz played the entire second half at right corner back for the Steelers in their 30-17 loss to the Detroit Lions. He did not factor statistically other than a questionable blocking in the back penalty on a punt return with two minutes left in the the game.

Steelers.com - Lions 30 - Steelers 17