Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Club News - October 19 Meeting

The Golden Ram Football Club will be meeting on Thursday at 7:45pm at Timothy's in the Parkway Shopping Center in West Chester. The meeting will begin immediately following the Bill Zwaan Football Show which is also held at Timothy's starting at 7:00pm. Golden Ram fans unable to attend the show can listen to it live on WCHE1520AM.COM. The meeting will not be broadcast.

According to the Bill Zwaan Football Show, senior running back Jarel Elder and sophomore defensive end Shane Griffin will be the special guests on Coach Zwaan's show. In addition, equipment manager Mike Brazill will join the show.

In West Chester's 20-19 setback to Bloomsburg, Elder had 23 carries for 171 yards and three touchdowns. And this came after a 31 carry, 149 yard, two touchdown performance at Shippensburg the prior week which earned him PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week honors. Elder is currently fourth in the PSAC with 726 yards rushing and third in the conference in scoring with 12 touchdowns for 72 points. He's first among the PSAC East players in all of those categories.

Meanwhile Griffin registered two tackles and a pass breakup against the Huskies. Thus far this season, Griffin, who also serves as the team's long snapper, has 10 total tackles. At Lock Haven, when the Bald Eagles were inside the West Chester 30-yard on their opening drive of the game, he registered a solo sack which forced Lock Haven into a couple of long passes and a field goal attempt that was blocked and led to a Golden Ram touchdown.

Come out to Timothy's at 7:00pm to participate in the show live. Or send your questions for coach or the players to Bill Zwaan Show.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Team News - PSAC Championship Possibilities

After Saturday's one-point loss to Bloomsburg, the Golden Rams no longer control their destiny for the post season. If you haven't noticed, there's currently a four-way tie for first place in the PSAC East, with Bloomsburg, Kutztown, Shippensburg, and West Chester all owning a 3-1 record within the division. The PSAC clearly outlines its tiebreaking procedure in its football handbook, so let's look at how it applies to the current season as of today.

Known:

Head-to-head
  • West Chester defeated Kutztown
  • West Chester defeated Shippensburg
  • Bloomsburg defeated West Chester

    Records against the PSAC West:
  • Bloomsburg (2-0) (Clarion, Gannon)
  • Shippensburg (2-0) (Gannon, Clarion)
  • Kutztown (2-0) (Mercyhurst, Seton Hill)
  • West Chester (1-1) (Slippery Rock, Edinboro)

    To be determined:

  • 10/28 Shippensburg at Kutztown
  • 11/04 Bloomsburg at Shippensburg

    Scenarios:

    First, everything below assumes that West Chester wins their remaining games (Cheyney, East Stroudsburg, Millersville).

    Next, consider the worst case scenario that Bloomsburg wins their remaining games (East Stroudsburg, Lock Haven, Shippensburg).

    Scenario 1 - If Shippensburg beats Kutztown, then Bloomsburg wins the PSAC East.

    In this scenario, Bloomsburg and West Chester both finish 6-1 and Bloomsburg would represent the East due to their head-to-head result. Kutztown would finish 5-2 at best (losses to West Chester and Shippensburg) and Shippensburg would finish 5-2 (losses to West Chester and Bloomsburg).

    Scenario 2 - If Kutztown beats Shippensburg, then Kutztown wins the PSAC East.

    In this scenario, Bloomsburg, West Chester and Kutztown all finish 6-1. Since Bloomsburg beat West Chester, West Chester beat Kutztown, and Kutztown beat Bloomsburg, the head-to-head tiebreaker doesn't solve anything. The next tiebreaker is each team's record against each remaining team in the division from fourth place on down. Since under this scenario, all three teams involved in the tie are 6-1, then this tiebreaker solves nothing. The third tiebreaker is overall record in all mandated conference games (divisional and crossovers). This would eliminate West Chester due to their loss at Slippery Rock. The first tiebreaker would then be re-applied to the remaining teams and Kutztown would represent the East due to their head-to-head win over Bloomsburg.

    The conclusion is that in order for West Chester to advance the PSAC Championship, the Golden Rams need to win their remaining three games and need Bloomsburg to lose at least one of their remaining three games to East Stroudsburg, Lock Haven or Shippensburg. The outcome of the Shippensburg-Kutztown game is actually of no consequence to West Chester since the Golden Rams own the head-to-head tiebreaker over both of those teams. If that were to happen, the finish in the PSAC East would be:

    1. West Chester 6-1
    2. Winner of Kutztown/Shippensburg 6-1
    3. Loser of Kutztown/Shippensburg 5-2
    4. Bloomsburg 5-2 or worse

    Obviously the only thing that West Chester can control is their next three games. But fans will also be watching the out-of-town scoreboard with the possibility of the Golden Rams' fate not being determined until after 4:00 pm on November 4.
  • Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Game Report - Bloomsburg 20 - West Chester 19

    The Golden Rams made a mountain of mistakes and the hill was just too far to climb as West Chester fell to Bloomsburg 20-19 on an overcast day at Farrell Stadium.

    The uneasiness started almost right away. Although the Golden Ram defense forced a three-and-out on Bloomsburg’s opening possession and Jarel Elder busted a 49-yard run on West Chester’s first drive, it set up a first-and-goal for the purple and gold, which isn’t historically a strong suit. Three plays advanced the ball only four yards and set up a field goal opportunity. But Andrew Chegia’s 21-yard attempt was pulled left. But it was still early.


    After another defensive three-and-out, West Chester again moved the ball into Bloomsburg territory. But Paul Dooley’s third pass attempt of the day was picked off by the Huskies. The game remained scoreless into the second quarter and Bloomsburg started on their own 27-yard line after a Brendan Paulison 62-yard punt. On a Husky third-and-eight, Quintin Smith intercepted a Bloomsburg pass, but the play was negated when he was flagged for pass interference. The drive was extended and resulted in a Bloomsburg touchdown that consumed over seven minutes off the clock. It wasn’t as early in the game anymore, but this was a Golden Ram team that was averaging over 42 points a game, so there wasn’t a really need to be nervous.


    Right on cue, West Chester responded with a 70-yard drive of its own, keyed by a Dooley to Mark Dukes 25-yard completion and capped by an Elder one-yard plunge. But when George Lambritsios’s point-after-touchdown attempt was blocked, it was time to squirm. At intermission, Dooley was just 7 of 14 for 68 yards passing and there weren’t any attempts downfield. And A.J. Long, who was the PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week three weeks ago, was not dressed.


    Suspicions of Dooley’s health should have grown at the start of the second half when West Chester rushed the ball on six consecutive plays, but it was concealed by the fact that those six carries went for 63 yards and another Elder touchdown to give West Chester a 13-7 lead. Later it was ironically Bloomsburg that threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-13 lead into the final quarter.


    A poor Bloomsburg punt gave the Golden Rams the ball at midfield. This time, West Chester ran five consecutive running plays and regained the lead on Elder's third touchdown of the game. Unfortunately the two-point conversion was fumbled and West Chester’s lead stood at 19-14. However there was still over seven minutes left to play.


    Bloomsburg’s drive started at their own 35 and they quickly got to midfield. After converting a fourth-down, a Bloomsburg holding call was negated by a personal foul on West Chester. Later on a fourth-and-nine, on what looked to be a game-clinching pass breakup, West Chester was called for pass interference, giving Bloomsburg 15 yards, a first down, and new life. The Huskies would get into the end zone, but their two-point attempt failed, so their lead stood at 20-19. But their clock-consuming drive left the Golden Rams with just 99 seconds. In desperation mode, Dooley was picked off twice, with the second one coming as time expired.

    For the game, Dooley was just 8 of 19 for 106 yards and 3 interceptions. Elder had another monster game, picking up 171 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Defensively, Tyler Morrissey had another huge day with 15 tackles including a sack and two quarterback hurries. Jarey Elder had 8 tackles and two leaping pass breakups and freshman Nate Barnes registered a sack among his five tackles.


    But in the end, a missed chip shot field goal, a blocked PAT, three interceptions, a bobbled snap on a two-point attempt, a pass interference penalty that negated an interception and another one that extended a Bloomsburg drive on fourth down was just too much to overcome.


    Notes – Left tackle Evyn Stadulis and right guard Vince Lostracco missed the game with injuries and were replaced in the lineup by freshman Patrick Ferry and sophomore Frank Tranzilli. Ferry’s appearance marks the fifth true freshman (Barnes, Isaiah Cruz, Jalik Smith, Gabe Schappell) to play this season for the Golden Rams…defensive tackle Omar Peterkin and shark linebacker Nydair Rouse suffered injuries during the game. Peterkin, who didn’t appear on the depth chart as recently as two weeks ago against Kutztown, has been thrust into the starting role with the disappearance of Kavon Johnson and the injury to Joe DeSanto…Bloomsburg held over a ten minute advantage in time of possession, including holding the ball for almost 12 minutes in the fourth quarter...Although West Chester was only called for four penalties, all of them resulted in Bloomsburg first downs...It's the first game that Tyler Karpinski hasn't registered a catch since October 3, 2015 against Lock Haven.

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    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Game Preview - Bloomsburg

    The Golden Rams (5-1, 3-0) host the Bloomsburg Huskies (4-2, 2-1) on Saturday in a PSAC East matchup. Note, the original noon kickoff at John A. Farrell Stadium has been changed to 12:30 pm. The game will be televised by SPORTSfever Television Network and be broadcast live on ESPN3.

    Series History:

    West Chester leads the overall series 49-26 and these two schools often play big games. The two schools have met twice in playoffs - 2008 and again in 2013 - with both postseason games played in Bloomsburg. The Huskies took the 2008 contest while the Golden Rams won in 2013 en route to the NCAA Division II semi-finals. Although both schools have traditionally strong defenses, contests between these two have been fairly high scoring. Bloomsburg head coach Paul Darragh is in his fourth season and is 2-3 against the Golden Rams.

    Last 10 Meetings:

    Year
    H/A
    W/L
    Score
    Year
    H/A
    W/L
    Score
    2008
    Away
    Loss
    28-21
    2013
    Home
    Loss
    31-28
    2009
    Home
    Win
    30-14
    2013
    Away
    Win
    40-38
    2010
    Away
    Loss
    45-21
    2014
    Away
    Loss
    41-10
    2011
    Home
    Loss
    55-42
    2015
    Home
    Win
    33-22
    2012
    Away
    Loss
    24-23
    2016
    Away
    Win
    27-7

    Last Meeting:


    10/16/2016 West Chester 27 - Bloomsburg 7

    The Golden Rams totally dominated the Huskies in front of over 5,000 people on a beautiful October day in Bloomsburg. The Huskies' only points came against West Chester's backups with just 16 seconds left in the game. The worst part about the game was that each team was flagged a dozen times.

    Jarel Elder rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown while Tyler Karpinski had 105 yards receiving on four catches. Marcus Sydnor also made it into the end zone on an 18-yard catch. Defensively, Kevin Duggan had five tackles including a sack while Jarey Elder had three stops and a tackle for loss.

    Scouting the Opponent:
    This isn't the traditional Bloomsburg team with a strong, clock-consuming running game and stifling defense. Make no mistake, the running game is still the strength of the offense, but that's because the passing game ranks near the bottom of the PSAC. Quarterback Chris Palubinsky (84 of 153, 1,108 yards, 5 TD's, 5 ints) has just a 120.0 passing efficiency rating. He works equally to All-PSAC East wide receiver Michael Allen (28 catches, 373 yards, 3 TD's) and 6'2" Jay Popson (22 catches, 374 yards). Tight end Aaron Allison (11 catches, 73 yards, 2 TD's) also will require some attention. The running game is led by Qmac Quiteh (116 carries, 499 yards, 5 TD's) and Alex Gooden (53 carries, 327 yards, 2 TD's) while quarterback Palubinsky has six touchdowns rushing.

    Kicker Ryan Abbott is 5 of 6 on field goals with a long of 36 yards, but hasn't converted a field goal attempt in three weeks. He's only missed one PAT on 19 attempts. Sophomore punter Kieron Smethers (29 punts, 37.7 yards average, 7 inside the 20, 5 50+) has had a good season thus far. Allen has averaged 18 yards on just four punt returns while freshman Chris Monaco is the primary kick returner.

    The Huskies' 4-2-5 defense is led by All-PSAC East defensive end Chris Gary (24 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 6 QB hurries, and a 55-yard fumble recovery) and defensive end Scott Beltz (31 tackles, 3.5 sacks). Linebacker Nate Monroe (33 tackles, 3 pass breakups, 3 fumble recoveries) is the team's top tackler. The secondary is led by 30-year old marine and now safety Eric Schwartz (32 tackles, 1 int) and cornerback Marquis Seamon (14 tackles, 2 int, 6 pass breakups).

    Analysis:
    Similar to last year's game at Bloomsburg and last week's game at Shippensburg, the opponents' record is inflated due to a relatively weak schedule. Last Saturday, they faced Kutztown, arguably their best opponent thus far this season, and managed just seven first downs and 166 total yards of offense. Defensively, the game plan will be the same as usual Bloomsburg script - stop the Quiteh and the running game and force them into the passing game. As long as the Golden Ram offense can stay balanced, and the line can keep Dooley clean, West Chester should be able to move the ball.

    Atomic Football favors the Golden Rams by 23 while Massey Ratings likes West Chester by a similar margin of 22.


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    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Club News - October 12 Meeting

    The Golden Ram Football Club will be meeting on Thursday at 7:45pm at Timothy's in the Parkway Shopping Center in West Chester. The meeting will begin immediately following the Bill Zwaan Football Show which is also held at Timothy's starting at 7:00pm. Golden Ram fans unable to attend the show can listen to it live on WCHE1520AM.COM. The meeting will not be broadcast.

    According to the Bill Zwaan Football Show, junior punter/kicker Brendan Paulison and sophomore defensive back Jarey Elder will be the special guests on Coach Zwaan's show. In addition, tight ends coach Pat Spadaro will join the show.

    In West Chester's 37-27 at Shippensburg, Paulison averaged over 56 yards on eight kickoffs including kicking four touchbacks. He also averaged over 47 yards on seven punts including dropping three inside the Raiders' 20-yard line. Paulison saved his best performance for the most critical moment - with the Golden Rams facing fourth-and-fifteen from their own 1-yard line, he boomed a 64-yard punt to give Shippensburg a longer than expected field. Meanwhile Elder registered seven total tackles from his free safety position. Midway through the second quarter, he picked off a Shippensburg pass and returned it 21 yards to the Raider 7-yard line to setup a one-play Golden Ram touchdown. He also returned three punts for a total of 20 yards.

    Come out to Timothy's at 7:00pm to participate in the show live. Or send your questions for coach or the players to Bill Zwaan Show.


    Monday, October 9, 2017

    Player News - Elder Named PSAC East Co-Offensive POW

    For his efforts in West Chester's 37-27 win at Shippensburg, senior running back Jarel Elder has been named PSAC East Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week. Elder rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns en route to 157 all-purpose yards in the contest. His first touchdown came midway through the second quarter and gave West Chester its first lead of the game at 17-10. Then late in the fourth quarter with the Golden Rams clinging to a three-point lead, Elder disappeared into a pack of Shippensburg defenders only to emerge and streak 65 yards down the field into the end zone to put the game out of reach.


    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Game Report - West Chester 37 - Shippensburg 27

    West Chester's 37-27 win at previously undefeated Shippensburg was like any good roller coaster: lots of twists and turns, plenty of ups and downs, a few scary moments, but when you get to the end, you're totally happy and so glad you went for the ride!

    The ride started fast, as did the Raiders, as they went 75 yards in eight plays in less than two minutes. The Golden Rams were much more methodical, consuming over eight minutes to go 80 yards before Andrew Chegia knocked a 28-yard field goal through to put West Chester on the board. Ship had their longest drive of the game - three minutes - but the Golden Ram defense held them to a field goal despite a first and goal situation. By the time the second quarter started, West Chester knotted the game at 10 due in large part to a 33-yard Paul Dooley to Mark Dukes completion on third and ten from the Ship 36.

    The next key play for the Golden Rams was a Jarey Elder interception at the Ship 28 that he returned to the seven. One play later, brother Jarel Elder took it into the end zone, thanks to a block by Frank Tranzilli, to put West Chester up 17-10. The Golden Rams later had a first and goal from the five, but this hasn't historically been a good place for the offense. This instance was no different, but Chegia knocked home a 19-yard field goal for a West Chester 20-10 halftime lead.

    The Golden Rams extended the lead when Dooley threaded the needle to Marcus Sydnor who scored on the 41-yard catch and run. But Shippensburg used another bomb - they completed six passes for 20 or more yards and attempted many more long passes - and answered in just 42 seconds. Momentum continued to swing the Raiders' way when they forced a three-and-out, used another long pass and closed the score to 27-24. The situation continued to spiral downward as the third quarter closed and West Chester was pinned on their own one-yard line. But punter Brendan Paulison, who had a marvelous day, boomed a 64-yard punt. Shippensburg penetrated the red zone, but the Golden Ram defense stiffened, thanks in part to a George Shipp sack, and the Raiders settled for a field goal. With twelve minutes to play, the score was tied at 27, but the momentum was still with the home team.

    West Chester's next possession had them back at their own one-yard line again, this time facing a third-and-19. But the critical play this time was Dooley connecting with Tyler Karpinski for 25 yards. Karpinski finished the game with eight catches for 130 yards. On another third and long, Rasheem James made a fantastic 28-yard catch over the middle. The drive eventually stalled, but Chegia boomed a 41-yard field goal to give West Chester the lead. But with Shippensburg's quick strike offense and willingness to go downfield on their passing plays, a field goal lead was nowhere near comfortable with seven minutes left.

    Somehow the Golden Ram defense was able to dial up the intensity on the steamy afternoon, forcing the Ship quarterback to scramble for yards. After a Ship holding call, Diquan Gilbert forced a quick throw on third down and the Raiders had to punt. On West Chester's first play, Jarel Elder carried the ball into a pile of Shippensburg tacklers, but somehow emerged and streaked down the sideline for a 63-yard touchdown run. Elder finished with 149 yards and two scores rushing. Up two scores with four minutes left, the Golden Rams had recaptured the momentum.

    The final real Shippensburg threat was ended when Anthony Brown and Tyler Morrissey joined in on a fourth down sack.

    James finished with four catches for 52 yards and Dooley was 19 of 34 for 276 yards and two scores. West Chester did not commit a single turnover and limited their penalties to just six for 43 yards. Each team had 450 yards of offense, but West Chester thwarted Shippensburg on third down - 3 of 14 - which helped give the Golden Rams a 36-24 advantage in time of possession. Morrissey had a game-high ten tackles and spent a lot of time chasing down the opposing quarterback. Shaquille James had nine tackles and Gilbert had three tackles, including a sack, to go along with two QB hurries. Defensive end George Shipp spent a lot of time in the Ship backfield with two sacks and two QB hurries.

    Along with players that have been out with injuries - defensive ends John Dubyk and Ch'aim Smith, offensive linemen Tyler Drob and Jake Duncan, wide receiver Jordan Banks, tight end Cody Boozel, linebacker Geoffrey Phillippe - West Chester was also without center Devan LaBau, defensive tackle Joe DeSanto, H-back Dan Neuhaus and quarterback A.J. Long for the game. During the contest, Vince Lostracco left with an apparent ankle injury and Evyn Stadulis battled the heat before leaving with an apparent knee injury. Converted defensive lineman Ben Smith replaced Lostracco and sophomore John DiPasquale filled in for Stadulis.

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Player News - Karpinski Nominated for National Award

    The National Football Foundation (NFF) has announced senior that wide receiver Tyler Karpinski is a semi-finalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy. The award is presented to a senior or graduate student football player in his last season of eligibility. The recipient must have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability, and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship. Karpinski is one of 181 semi-finalists from all levels of football and one of just 30 from Division II.

    Each of the 12-14 finalists, which the NFF will announce on November 1, receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and are invited to attend the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on December 5.

    Last season, Karpinski was West Chester's leading receiver with 45 catches for 798 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned three punts for 16 yards to finish second on the team in all-purpose yards with 814. He had a catch in every game and registered 100 yards receiving against Edinboro (178), Shippensburg (103) and Bloomsburg (105). Karpinski was named first team All-PSAC East, honorable mention All-ECAC and was the recipient of West Chester Football's Muz and Lew Peck Offensive Player of the Year award.


    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    Game Preview - Shippensburg

    West Chester University (4-1, 2-0) travels to Seth Grove Stadium to take on the Shippensburg Raiders (5-0, 2-0) on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

    Series History:

    West Chester leads the overall series 26-11-1. In his 14 years at West Chester, Bill Zwaan is 11-4 against the Raiders. Shippensburg head coach Mark Maciejewski is in his 7th season and holds a 51-22 record.

    In the final regular season game of the 2004 season, Shippensburg knocked off the Golden Rams at Farrell Stadium in overtime. But two weeks later in the second round of the NCAA playoffs, West Chester avenged that loss in Shippensburg. West Chester took the next four contests during the Golden Rams' run of qualifying for the NCAA playoffs from 2005-2008. Shippensburg won in 2009 and went on to win the PSAC championship that season.

    In one of the most memorable games in West Chester football history, Golden Ram quarterback Sean McCartney made his first collegiate start and threw for 444 yards and five touchdowns to lead West Chester to a 44-43 victory in two overtimes in a nationally televised Thursday night game in 2010. The following year, West Chester laid a 52-17 loss on the Raiders, but Shippensburg returned the favor in 2012, beating West Chester 42-24 on homecoming at Farrell Stadium and continued on to the PSAC championship game and the NCAA playoffs that year. In 2013, Shawn Leo booted a 26-yard field goal with one second left to give West Chester the thrilling victory.

    Last 10 Meetings:

    Year
    H/A
    W/L
    Score
    Year
    H/A
    W/L
    Score
    2007
    Away
    Win
    34-29
    2012
    Home
    Loss
    42-24
    2008
    Home
    Win
    25-7
    2013
    Away
    Win
    32-29
    2009
    Away
    Loss
    24-19
    2014
    Home
    Win
    55-28
    2010
    Home
    Win
    44-43 2OT
    2015
    Away
    Loss
    27-11
    2011
    Away
    Win
    52-17
    2016
    Home
    Win
    31-15

    Last Meeting:


    10/08/2016 West Chester 31 - Shippensburg 15

    Against a Raider team with quarterback Ryan Zapoticky, the Golden Rams played a dominating first half and then hung on to capture the 31-15 win in West Chester. Tyler Karpinski had seven catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns while Jarel Elder had 77 yards and two touchdowns rushing and another 74 yards receiving. But all the West Chester scoring came in the first half, and the second half was a rather listless affair for the Golden Rams.

    Defensively, Kevin Duggan had five tackles while Shaquille James had four stops. Nydair Rouse had three pass breakups to go along with a tackle.

    Scouting the Opponent:
    There's no doubt that the Shippensburg offense goes through quarterback Ryan Zapoticky (103 of 168, 1,499 yards, 12 TD's, 1 int). His top targets are redshirt freshman receiver Winston Eubanks (20 catches, 586 yards, 6 TD's) and Kyle Haines (26 reception, 329 yards, 4 TD's). The running game is a two-headed monster with Colin McDermott (55 carries, 253 yards, 6 TD's) and Marcus Lominy (42 carries, 196 yards, 1 TD). Right tackle Oscar Ghasab is the only returning All-PSAC East player on offense.

    Strong safety Dennis Robinson (27 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 PBU) is the Raiders' top tackler, while reserve defensive back Eric Dzieniszewski (10 tackles, 3 int) is a ball thief. Dzieniszewski and defensive back Chavez Cheatham (19 tackles, 3 PBU) each have a pick-six to his credit. Defensive end Dakota Thompson (19 tackles, 4.0 sacks) and John Durkin (14 tackles, 3.0 sacks) get after the quarterback. The linebacking corp is sophomore Tig Spinelli (24 tackles, 4.0 TFL), junior Tyler Emge (21 tackles, 5.0 TFL) and junior Steven Cain (21 tackles, 1.5 TFL).

    Kicker Billy Deane (22-24 PAT, 4 of 8 FG with a long of 38 yards) was all-conference last season, but has struggled scoring thus far this year. Deane also handles kickoffs and punts.

    Analysis:
    Most are fixated on Shippensburg's undefeated record after five games and that the Raiders are among the conference leaders in most offensive and defensive team statistics. But they have yet to play, let alone defeat, a team with a winning record, and the combined record of their opponents is 5-20. For a comparison, West Chester is 3-1 against teams with a record of .500 or better and the Golden Rams' previous opponents are a combined 14-11. That's not to say that Shippensburg isn't a worthy opponent, it's just that they may not be the juggernaut that they appear to be at first glance.

    Zapoticky trails only Slippery Rock's Tanner Garry in PSAC passing yards per game, and with only one interception through five games, the Golden Ram secondary will surely be tested. Shippensburg has made seven interceptions and returned three of them for touchdowns, so wise decisions in the passing game will be important for West Chester. Penalties almost always play a significant factor and it will be no different in Shippensburg's raucous stadium.

    Atomic Football sees Shippensburg as a five point favorite while Massey Ratings favors the Raiders by just two points.

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