Thursday, June 15, 2017

Event News - Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic

A future Golden Ram will be participating in the Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic to be held at 7:00 pm on June 29 in Richard Wackar Stadium at Rowan University. Offensive lineman Keith Swartley of Cinnaminson High School will suit up for the Blue squad.

Also sponsored by the South Jersey Football Coaches Association (SJFCA), the game serves as South Jersey's senior all-star game with all proceeds going to benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation whose mission is to provide emotional, financial and educational support to student-athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries in sanctioned team events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware.

Swartley is the first Golden Ram recruit to play in the Taliaferro Classic since former left tackle and team captain Doug Gilbert participated in 2012.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Player News - Preseason Honors for Host of Golden Rams

Several members of the Golden Ram football team have been named 2017 Pre-Season All-East by Eastern Football Network. Representing the West Chester offense are senior running back and co-captain Jarel Elder, senior wide receiver Tyler Karpinski, senior right guard and co-captain Tyler Drob, senior left guard Vince Lostracco, and junior place kicker Brendan Paulison. From the defensive side of the ball are senior defensive tackle and co-captain Josh Ganzelli, junior defensive end Ch'aim Smith, senior linebacker and co-captain Kevin Duggan, and junior shark linebacker Nydair Rouse.

Eastern Football Network - 2017 Pre-Season All-East

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Event News - Annual McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic

A future Golden Ram will be participating in the 47th Annual McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic to be held at 7:00 pm on June 15 in Nazareth's Andrew Leh Stadium. Offensive lineman Pat Ferry of Parkland High School will suit up for the Red squad.

Former Golden Ram running back Eddie Elliott participated in this game in 2012 and current defensive end David Simmons played in it last year.

Proceeds from the event benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Alumni News - Ravens Sign Shabazz

Former Golden Ram cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz has been signed by the Baltimore Ravens. Since entering the NFL in 2015, Hajj has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Pittsburgh Steelers, playing in seven games with the Steelers and one game with the Texans last year.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Player News - Transfers Introduced at Spring Game

Besides offensive lineman Malik White, three other transfers were introduced at this year's spring game.

  • Dashon Thomas (Timber Creek/Kutztown) - the 6-6, 250lb offensive lineman redshirted for PSAC East rival Kutztown in 2015 and did not appear on their roster in 2016.
  • Ryan George (Monsignor Bonner/Delaware County) - the 6-4, 225lb linebacker was first team all-catholic AAA as a senior and second team all-catholic AAA as a junior.
  • AJ Long (Syracuse/Wagner) - the 6-1, 195lb dual threat quarterback is probably the most interesting player introduced. Long earned Class A all-state recognition as a sophomore at St Pius X in Allentown in 2011, throwing for 3,700 yards and 46 touchdowns while running for 931 yards and 18 scores. He then transferred to Friendship Christian School in Tennessee where he earned Division II-A all-state honors honors and state championships in both 2012 and 2013. As a true freshman at Syracuse in 2014, he started five games and threw for 935 yards, 4 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, earning ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the Orange's win at Wake Forest. Prior to Long's sophomore season in 2015, Syracuse disqualified him from further play due to multiple concussions. Long then transferred to Wagner, and although he performed well in their 2016 spring game, he hurt his back prior to the season and did not see game action at all last season.
Again, these players were introduced at the spring game. It's not clear at this point if they've committed or have been admitted for the fall semester.

Also, it has been reported that Gabe Schappell (Exeter) is coming to West Chester. The 6-3, 240lb tight end had a dynamic high school football career. As a sophomore, he hauled in 27 catches for 634 yards and 6 touchdowns. Then due to an injury on the team, Schappell was moved to quarterback in his junior season. He filled the stat sheet with 443 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions passing, 977 yards rushing and 199 yards receiving while scoring a total of 19 touchdowns. Back to tight end and H-back as a senior, he rushed for 219 yards, pulled in 47 passes for 908 yards receiving, and scored 11 touchdowns. The consensus Class 5A all-state player originally committed to Army.

Finally, it became more clear why the Golden Rams were down to just two quarterbacks this past spring. Sophomore Paul Dooley, who saw action in six games last season primarily in the wildcat, had some legal problems in early April. It's not clear how this will effect his eligibility this coming season.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Alumni News - White and Dauphins Close Season

The Nice Dauphins dropped their final game of the season to the Black Panthers de Thonon by a score of 54-2. The Dauphins finish the season 3-7.

Despite playing different positions as the season went on, former Golden Ram running back Rondell White finished second in the league with 943 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Team News - Golden Rams #21 in Street and Smith's Preseason Poll

After finishing 8-3 and narrowly missing the NCAA playoffs, the Golden Rams are ranked #21 in Street and Smith's Magazine Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll.

Other Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference teams that appear in the poll are #3 California, #11 Indiana and #16 Edinboro. West Chester hosts Edinboro on September 16 at John A. Farrell Stadium.

Other teams from Super Region 1 that appear on the list include #13 Shepherd of the Mountain East Conference, #20 Assumption and #22 LIU Post, both of the Northeast-10.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Alumni News - Joe Shay New AD at Lebanon Catholic

Former Golden Ram fullback Joe Shay has been named the athletic director at Lebanon Catholic High School. Shay, a Lebanon Catholic alumnus, was a four-year letter winner for the Golden Rams, playing from 1999 through 2002 and graduating with his degree in kinesiology in 2003. A member of the WCU Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll throughout his entire career at West Chester, he served primarily as a blocking back for the Golden Rams although he did register 132 all-purpose yards including a 24-yard touchdown reception in his senior season.

Shay assumes the athletic director's position from Mike Miller who is retiring after 35 years in the role.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Alumni News - White and Dauphins On Win Streak

The Nice Dauphins continued their winning ways by knocking off the Gladiateurs by a score of 34-12. Surprisingly, former Golden Ram running back Rondell White did not have a single carry. However, as the Dauphins have transitioned to a pass oriented offense, he did haul in seven catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns, accounting for 40% of the team's offensive yards.

The Dauphins (3-5) close the season on May 27 when they host Black Panthers de Thonon (7-2).

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Event News - Tri-County All-Star Football Game

Event News - Tri-County All-Star Football Game
A future Golden Ram is scheduled to play in the 16th Annual Lancaster-Lebanon League Tri-County All-Star Football Game to be held on Saturday May 27 at 7:00 pm at Manheim Central High School's Elden Rettew Stadium. Wide receiver/defensive back Mack Focht of Garden Spot will play for the South squad. The game is sponsored by the Manheim Touchdown Club.