Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Team News - West Chester Claims 2017-18 Dixon Trophy

In recognition of having the top all around athletic program in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, West Chester University has been awarded the Dixon Trophy. West Chester was led by four conference championships in men's swimming, women's swimming, field hockey and lacrosse. The Golden Ram football team contributed 17 points to the school's score by virtue of their runner-up finish in the PSAC Championship game in November.

West Chester previously won the conference crown in 2015-16, 2014-15, and 2012-13. The school's overall average score of 13.75 is the highest since the scoring system was revised in 2012-13 its margin over second place is also the highest over that same time span.

Accepting the Dixon Trophy are Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. W. Craig Stevens, Men's Soccer Coach Michael Benn, Associate Athletic Director Kellianne Milliner, Director of Athletics Terry Beattie, President Dr. Christopher M. Fiorentino, Women's Basketball Coach Kiera Wooden '03, '06, Tennis Coach Tina Tharp, and Volleyball Coach Kassie Bellaver.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Event News - PAC 10 Senior Bowl

A pair of future Golden Rams will be participating in the 5th Annual PAC-10 Senior Bowl football game to be held at 3:00 pm on June 3 at Upper Perkiomen High School.

Offensive lineman Jon Miller of Phoenixville and defensive back Kobey Baldwin of Pottsgrove will both suit up for the Independence Team which will be coached by Upper Perkiomen head coach Tom Hontz. Previous Golden Rams who played in the PAC-10 Senior Bowl include linebacker Justice Smith and receiver Khalif Sinclair.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Event News - Valor Bowl

A future Golden Ram will be participating in the 20th Annual Valor Bowl to be held at 7:15 pm on Thursday, May 31 at West Chester University's John A. Farrell Stadium. Suiting up for the West All-Stars will be defensive lineman Joe Janick of Downingtown East.
The Valor Bowl was founded by Scott Allison and former West Chester Golden Ram and Killinger Hall of Fame member Joe Carroll, and serves as Chester County's senior all-star game with all proceeds going to benefit the Chester County Special Olympics.

Several current West Chester University football players have participated in the Valor Bowl including Ben Smith, Quinten Cheyney, John George, Chris Day, and Cole Zapf. Other notable Valor Bowl alumni include 2001 North Offensive MVP Bob Findora who later led the Golden Rams to the 2004 Division II National semi-final and 2010 East Offensive MVP Rondell White who led the Golden Rams to the Division II National semi-final in 2013.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Event News - City All-Star Football Game

A future Golden Ram is scheduled to play in the 44th Philadelphia City All-Star Football Game to be held on Saturday May 19 at 5:00 pm at Northeast High School. Offensive lineman Terrence Williams of Neumann Goretti will play for the Non-Public squad.

Several former Golden Rams have participated in this contest including All-American wide receiver Michael Washington (2004), WCU MVP quarterback Mike Mattei (2008), All-American cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz (2010), wide receiver Erick Brundidge (2010), safety Kevin Malone (2012), cornerback Blaise Schieler (2012), and offensive lineman Vince Lostracco (2013). Current Golden Rams that played in the game include shark linebacker Nydair Rouse (2014), quarterback Paul Dooley (2015), wide receiver Mike Devlin (2016), defensive lineman Omar Peterkin (2016), and wide receiver Rasheem James (2016).

Monday, April 30, 2018

Event News - Bucks/Montco Lions All-Star Football Classic

Several Golden Rams will be participating in the Third Annual Bucks-Montco Lions All-Star Football Classic to be held on May 4 at 7:30 pm at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown.

Defensive linemen Michael Gobora of Pennsbury and Noah Collachi of Central Bucks South along with offensive lineman Nika Wright of Pennsbury will suit up for the Bucks County team. Meanwhile, running back Sterlen Barr of Upper Moreland, linebacker Jackson Taylor of Abington, and linebacker Nick Chapman of Hatboro-Horsham will play for Montgomery County.

Current Golden Rams that have participated in this game include tight end Mike Alley and running back Nafeese Nasir.

The event is sponsored by the Bucks County Lions Club with the charitable funds raised by the game going to Lions Club charities.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

2018 Spring Game Report - Purple 28 - Gold 13

Some observations from Friday's Purple-Gold game which was won by Purple by a score of 28-13:
  • Purple featured the first team offense while Gold was manned by the first team defense.
  • A.J. Long (6 of 10, 92 yards, 1 TD, 1 int) started at quarterback, but both he and Paul Dooley (3 of 12, 88 yards, 1 TD, 1 int) played for Purple. Neither separated himself from the other, although Long did pick up 45 yards on the ground on six carries and completed a 23-yard pass to Rasheem James after a lengthy scramble.
  • Right guard Frank Tranzilli was the only offensive lineman that also started last spring. This year, he was flanked by Jake Duncan at right tackle, Jack Mummert at center, Ben Smith at left guard, and Patrick Ferry at left tackle. Tyler Drob, who sat out last season with an injury, did not dress but figures to factor in once August rolls around.
  • In the running game, both Mike Class (65 yards, 2 TD's) and Mark Dukes (53 yards) looked strong for Purple.
  • Purple also had the three players that are expected to lead the receiving corps - Lex Rosario (3 catches, 91 yards, 2 TD's), Rasheem James (4 catches, 121 yards) and Dan Neuhaus (1 catch, 17 yards).
  • While kicker Andrew Chegia converted all four PAT's for Purple, his 46-yard field goal attempt fell short and his 38-yard attempt slipped wide left.
  • The Gold defense was led by Nate Barnes (10 tackles) who has moved from safety to linebacker, and Jarey Elder (seven tackles and a 32-yard interception return).
  • Dashon Thomas flipped from the offensive line to the defensive line and registered two tackles for loss.
  • The Gold offense was led by quarterback Mike Piperno (15 for 25, 212 yards, 2 TD's).
  • The Gold offense struggled mightily with East Stroudsburg transfer James Bell managing just nine yards to lead the way. Bell did haul in four catches for 45 yards while Darnell Ferrell had 124 yards on eight receptions. Ethan Harris and Joe Kennedy each had touchdown catches.
  • Purple defensive back Cole Zapf was all over the place in his first game experience for the Golden Rams and finished with ten tackles and 2.0 sacks.
  • Also for Purple, Wyatt Smith and Ryan George registered sacks while Chico Day and Tez Young each had an interception.
  • Almost all members of the 2018 recruiting class were present for introductions at halftime along with newly announced wide receiver Wes Verbit and defensive lineman William Voss.

Ryan celebrates a touchdown during Audible for Autism (Photo Ron Hockman)

Box Score

West Chester Athletic Site - Purple Tops Gold In Annual Spring Game, 28-13

Daily Local News - Field of Dreams: West Chester University football team gives autism kids a night to remember

Daily Local News - Photo Gallery

Purple Zone Parents - Photo Album

Monday, April 23, 2018

Team News - 2018 Spring Game

The Golden Ram spring football game is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm in John A. Farrell Stadium. The Spring Game will be the culmination of four weeks of practice and two scrimmages.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Event News - Future Golden Rams to Play in PSFCA East/West Game

A few future Golden Rams are expected to play in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) East/West All-Star Game on Sunday, May 6 at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Selected to play for the East squad, which will be coached by Chad Brubaker of Spring-Ford, is: Kick-off is set for 2:00 pm.

Current Golden Rams that also were selected to participate in this annual all-star game include offensive lineman Shane Kraynik, defensive back Jarey Elder, offensive lineman Frank Tranzilli, offensive lineman Jack Mummert, defensive lineman Joe DeSanto, and quarterback Zach Gilbert .

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Team News - 2018 WCU Football Schedule

Some observations about the recently released 2018 Golden Rams football schedule:

  • For the third straight season, the Golden Rams will open against Northeast-10 opponent Bentley. This will be the second consecutive year that the season will start in August.
  • For the first time in at least 15 years, West Chester will play only a ten-game regular season schedule. This is due to Cheyney dropping football and not being able to identify another opponent.
  • West Chester will have just four home games, with three of them starting at noon. Only homecoming against Lock Haven kicks off at 2:00, so it doesn't look promising for a post game fireworks show this year.
  • The November 3 homecoming date with Lock Haven is the latest homecoming for West Chester in over 15 years.

    August 30
    6:00 pm
    September 8
    12:00 pm
    September 15
    2:00 pm
    September 22
    12:00 pm
    September 29
    12:00 pm
    October 6
    2:00 pm
    Bloomsburg's Homecoming
    October 13
    October 20
    4:00 pm
    October 27
    12:00 pm
    Kutztown's Senior Day
    November 3
    2:00 pm
    Homecoming/Senior Day
    November 10
    1:00 pm

    Note the Purple/Gold Spring Game is scheduled for Friday April 27 at 7:00 pm.
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Alumni News - Dave Eavenson Passes Away at 71

    Former West Chester football player Dave Eavenson has passed away. He was 71. Eavenson was a two-time first team All-PSAC East offensive tackle and played for the the Golden Ram teams that went to the Tangerine Bowl in both 1966 and 1967. After graduating from West Chester in 1969, he went on to be head football coach at Dickinson College for more than 20 years and athletic director for Carlisle High School for an equally long tenure. He also served in various capacities for Shippensburg Athletics.

    Eavenson is a member of the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Killinger Hall of Fame in 2013.