Sunday, May 1, 2016

Alumni News - Nice, White Remain Undefeated

The Nice Dauphins were once again led by former Golden Ram running back Rondell White in a 40-34 victory over the Thonon-les-Bains Black Panthers. As a result, Nice now stands at 6-0 on the season. White scored five touchdowns, including the game-winning one-yard leap on fourth down with just 92 seconds left to play. His other scores came on runs of 75, 90, 1 and 30 yards.

After another week off, Nice plays the La Courneuve Flash on May 15.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Alumni News - Tim Brown Signs with Buccaneers

Former Golden Ram tight end Tim Brown has reportedly signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After his junior season at West Chester, Brown was named first team All-PSAC East, first team Daktronics All-Super Region 1, first team Beyond Sports Network All-Super Region 1, second team Beyond Sports Network All-American, an ECAC Division II Football All-Star, first team Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region 1, and first team Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American. Prior to his senior season, he was named first team All-American by HERO Sports, USA Football Network and

Despite an abbreviated senior season, Brown still hauled in 33 catches for 444 yards and five touchdowns and was named first team All-PSAC East, an ECAC Division II Football All-Star and second team Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region 1. In his three seasons as a Golden Ram, Brown registered 106 receptions for 1,932 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was most noted for his performance in big games as he notched 26 catches for 599 yards and eight touchdowns in six playoff games.

Tampa Bay Times - Bucs stay busy with 20 undrafted rookie free agents

Delaware County Daily Times - Upper Darby’s Brown ends long journey, signs with Tampa Bay

Friday, April 29, 2016

Team News - 2016 WCU Football Schedule

Game times are set for the 2016 season with the exception of the Bloomsburg game. So make your travel plans!

September 3
12:00 pm
September 10
12:00 pm
Hall of Fame Day
September 17
12:00 pm
September 24
6:00 pm
Family Day
October 1
6:00 pm
Kutztown Family Day
October 8
12:00 pm
Community Day
October 15
October 22
2:00 pm
October 29
1:00 pm
November 5
1:00 pm
Senior Day/Military Appreciation
November 12
12:00 pm
or PSAC Champ

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Player News - Dan Neuhaus Introduced at Spring Game

At Saturday's Spring Game, Dan Neuhaus (Bishop Shanahan) was introduced as an incoming recruit to the West Chester University football team. The 6'3" 210lb wide receiver also played linebacker for the Eagles. In his senior season, he hauled in 35 passes for 600 yards and six touchdowns.

- 2015 First Team All-Daily Local News
- 2015 Second Team All-Ches-Mont National Division

Monday, April 25, 2016

Player News - Nafeese Nasir Introduced at Spring Game

At Saturday's Spring Game, Nafeese Nasir (Plymouth-Whitemarsh) was introduced as an incoming recruit to the West Chester University football team. Overlooked for his diminutive 5'8", 175lb size, and for playing quarterback, he rushed for 2,083 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior. He totaled 2,631 all-purpose yards and 31 touchdowns this past season in leading the Colonials to the District 1 AAAA playoffs.

- 2015 Honorable Mention PFN AAAA All-State
- 2015 Second Team Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania
- 2015 First Team Times Herald All-Area
- 2015 First Team All-Suburban One American
- 2014 First Team Times Herald All-Area
- 2014 First Team All-Suburban One American
- 2014 Honorable Mention All-Suburban One American (Defensive Back)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Player News - Brandon Kuntz Introduced at Spring Game

At Saturday's Spring Game, Brandon Kuntz (Trinity/Penn State) was introduced as an incoming recruit to the West Chester University football team. After a modest junior season of 22 catches for 285 yards and four touchdowns, the 6-5, 205lb wide receiver had 65 receptions for 1,141 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Shamrocks as a senior. In his high school career, on special teams he logged over 600 yards in kickoff and punt returns including two kickoff returns for touchdown in a 2012 District 3 playoff game, to go along with 85 total tackles and eight interceptions on defense. Kuntz also starred on Trinity's basketball and track teams. He spent the last two years at Penn State, but his name never appeared on the roster.

- 2013 Pennsylvania Football News All-State Class AA
- 2013 Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Class AA
- 2013 First Team Small School
- 2013 Mid-Penn Capital Co-MVP
- 2013 First Team Mid-Penn Capital

Saturday, April 23, 2016

2016 Spring Game Report - Purple 26 - Gold 20

Some observations from today's Purple-Gold game which was won by Purple 26-20:
  • Everyone who was interested to see Andrew Derr at quarterback will have to wait until the fall. The signal caller was wearing a boot on his right leg. Pat Moriarty led the Purple in the first half while Alec Werner ran the Gold in the second half. Those two split time with Paul Dooley who played for Gold in the first half and Purple in the second half.
  • All three quarterbacks showed they had the ability to scramble. And they needed to as, much like last week's scrimmage, the defensive pass rush had it going on in this game.
  • It's always fun to watch 5'7" Jarel Elder run over a defender, even when it's a teammate.
  • ECAC Defensive Rookie of the Year Shaquil James was shaken up on the first play and did not return. Offensive lineman Shareef Clinton did not dress and was in a sling.
  • A couple of first half PAT's were missed, but it looked like it wasn't Brendan Paulison's fault. This is the first time Charles Kuklinski hasn't long snapped for the Golden Rams in four seasons.
  • It seems Eerin Young is full time at wide receiver as he made several nice catches on the afternoon. And tight end Connor McGrath continued to make tough catches and pickup extra yards. With Tim Brown now departed, expect McGrath to see the field more. Tyler Karpinski tallied 147 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
  • Mike Catalano applied pressure on a blitz and forced Werner into a throw he should not have made. Jaishan Thornton was the beneficiary of the play and made the open interception.
  • In the two-minute drill before halftime, McGrath and Jim Hurley had catches on consecutive plays. Each were on a route that led to the sideline and the pass was on target, but neither made it out of bounds which cost time on one and a timeout on the other.
  • A third-and-goal situation required a timeout, but it paid off when Mark Dukes ran it in. A Werner to Dukes pass made up for Gold's missed PAT.
  • The passing game opened up in the second half. Moriarty hit Shannon Mayer for 58 yards and on the very next play, Elder pranced into the end zone from 11 yards out. On the ensuing possession, Werner hit Young for 36 yards. On the next play, the two connected for 16 more yards. The third time was not a charm as Ryan Pannella stepped in for the interception.
  • California transfer Quintin Smith, who was previously reported as part of this year's recruiting class, is actually already in school at West Chester and saw plenty of time at cornerback with his gold shoes.

Purple Zone Pictures has two photo albums from the game, one for the first half and one for the second half.

West Chester Athletic Site - Purple Tops Gold In Spring Game By A Touchdown, 26-20

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Alumni News - White runs Nice Record to 5-0

Former Golden Ram running back Rondell White rushed for 220 yards on 30 carries and had one catch for 13 yards and the game's only touchdown as the Nice Dauphins moved their record to 5-0 by defeating the La Queue-en-Brie Gladiateurs by a score of 12-0.

Nice takes on the Thonon-les-Bains Black Panthers on April 30.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Team News - 2016 Second Spring Scrimmage Report

The defense was definitely swarming in the Golden Rams' second scrimmage of the spring. With Doug Gilbert and Vince Lostracco missing from the offensive line this spring, the quarterbacks were often under pressure resulting in sacks, scrambles and interceptions. Paul Dooley was pressured into an interception that Kevin Malone snagged and Nydair Rouse also pulled one in. Andrew Derr stepped up nicely in the pocket completed a nice pass to Mike Class who made the catch after a tip or two.

The Purple-Gold Spring Game is scheduled for this Saturday at noon in John A. Farrell Stadium.

Check out the complete photo album at Purple Zone Pictures.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Team News - 2016 First Spring Scrimmage Report

The good news about the bad weather was that the West Chester Invitational Track & Field event was cancelled for Saturday, so the scrimmage was held in John A. Farrell Stadium. The bad news was that conditions deteriorated rather quickly and it's questionable how productive the scrimmage was. There is another intrasquad event scheduled for this Saturday at 9:00 am.

Pat Moriarty drops back for a pass (Photo Ron Hockman)