Thursday, December 14, 2017

Player News - Tyler Morrissey Named AP All-American

Junior linebacker Tyler Morrissey has been named to the second team Associated Press Division II All-America Team. He becomes the first Golden Ram to receive recognition from the Associated Press since Andrew Cohen in 2015. He is one of seven players from the PSAC to get a nod from the AP and the only one from the PSAC East.


Prior to this award, Morrissey was named first team All-PSAC East and PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-ECAC and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, and All-Super Region 1 and second team All-American by the Division 2 Conference Commissioner's Association. He finished the season with 137 total tackles (2nd in the PSAC) including 14.0 tackles for loss (6th in the PSAC), five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles (both in the playoffs).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Player News - Paulison and Morrissey Named All-American

Junior linebacker Tyler Morrissey and junior punter Brendan Paulison were both named second team All-American by the Division 2 Conference Commissioner's Association.

Morrisey was named first team All-PSAC East and PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year. He finished the season with 137 total tackles (2nd in the PSAC) including 14.0 tackles for loss (6th in the PSAC), five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles (both in the playoffs).


Paulison was also a first team All-PSAC East selection. He averaged 44.1 yards per punt (3rd in the country), booming 17 of his 61 punts for more than 50 yards while dropping 23 of them inside the opponent's 20-yard line. The Golden Rams were second in the nation in net punting, as Paulison's limited opponents to only 25 returns.


The Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.

West Chester joins Assumption and Slippery Rock as the only Super Region 1 schools with multiple representatives named.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Team News - Cheyney Drops Football Program

According to the PSAC, Cheyney University has announced that they are dropping their football program, however, there has yet to be such an announcement from Cheyney itself. If true, and if there are no other changes within the conference or scheduling agreements between the PSAC and another conference, the Golden Rams will be seeking to fill a home game on October 13, 2018 and a away game on October 19, 2019.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Player News - Karpinski and Host Honored for Academics

Two West Chester Golden Ram players have received honors for their performance on the field and in the classroom this season. Senior wide receiver Tyler Karpinski (Finance/Accounting) and senior offensive lineman Alex Host (History) were both named to the 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football Team.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football team is voted on by the sports information directors of the 30 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. In order to be eligible for Academic All-Area honors, an athlete must be in at least his second year at the institution and hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Player News - Zwaan, Morrissey, James headline ECAC Awards for WCU

Junior linebacker Tyler Morrissey was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, freshman wide receiver Rasheem James was named ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year and head coach Bill Zwaan was named ECAC Coach of the Year as the The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced their Division II Football Awards for 2017.

Morrissey was also named to the ALL-ECAC First Team and was joined by senior defensive end George Shipp and senior cornerback Shaquille James. The Golden Rams were represented on offense by senior running back Jarel Elder, senior wide receiver Tyler Karpinski, and sophomore offensive lineman Frank Tranzilli. Finally, all three special teams players heralded from West Chester: sophomore kicker Andrew Chegia, junior punter Brendan Paulison, and sophomore return specialist Jarey Elder. In addition, junior defensive end Diquan Gilbert was named honorable mention.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Player News - Trio of Golden Rams Named All-Region

Three Golden Rams have been named Division 2 Conference Commissioner's Association All-Super Region 1. Junior linebacker Tyler Morrissey and junior punter Brendan Paulison were both named to the first team defense while senior running back Jarel Elder was named to the second team offense.

Morrisey was named first team All-PSAC East and PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year. He finished the season with 137 total tackles (2nd in the PSAC) including 14.0 tackles for loss (6th in the PSAC), five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles (both in the playoffs).


Paulison was also a first team All-PSAC East selection. He averaged 44.1 yards per punt (3rd in the country), booming 17 of his 61 punts for more than 50 yards while dropping 23 of them inside the opponent's 20-yard line. The Golden Rams were second in the nation in net punting, as Paulison's limited opponents to only 25 returns.


Elder was first team All-PSAC East and named PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year. He rushed for 1,230 yards (3rd in the PSAC) and 15 touchdowns (3rd in the PSAC) and averaged 94.6 yards per game (4th in the PSAC). Elder was third on the Golden Rams in receiving with 23 catches for 339 yards and two touchdowns. Including his kick returns, he averaged 163.8 all-purpose yards per game (14th in the country).


The Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.

Paulison and Morrissey now move on to the D2CCA national ballot for All-American consideration. The D2CCA All-American teams are scheduled to be released Wednesday, December 13.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Club News - November 30 Radio Show

The final Bill Zwaan Football Show of the season will be broadcast live from Timothy's in the Parkway Shopping Center in West Chester starting at 7:00pm. Golden Ram fans unable to attend the show can listen to it live on WCHE1520AM.COM.

According to the Bill Zwaan Football Show, junior defensive end Ch'aim Smith, junior defensive back Nydair Rouse, and redshirt freshman wide receiver Rasheem James will be the special guests on Coach Zwaan's show.

In West Chester's season opening 51-9 win over Bentley, Smith had two solo tackles, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble which led to a Golden Ram touchdown. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending injury in the game. On Saturday against Indiana, James was held without a catch, but the redshirt freshman had 41 receptions for 674 yards and six touchdowns on the season. His best game of the season came against Kutztown where he had six catches for 142 yards and a score. Rouse had four tackles against Indiana, bringing his season total to 26. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, four pass breakups and a blocked kick this year.

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, November 27, 2017

Team News - PSAC East Championship Gear Available

The Killinger Foundation is sponsoring a "PSAC East Championship Gear" fundraiser. Ideal for year-round layering, the pullover is a true performance piece for running, yoga or just hanging out. Extra stretchy, this pullover has a soft-brushed backing and features Sport-Wick moisture-wicking technology for comfort. A 1/2 zip complete with chin guard lets you control the ventilation. It has the ability to be customized with name and number ($7).

More information and orders can be placed at Weikel Sportswear. Orders must be placed by December 3, 2017 with delivery expected before Christmas.

Celebrate the Golden Rams 2017 season and help support the team in the future by participating.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Game Report - Indiana 44 - West Chester 10

Indiana dominated play from start to finish and pounded West Chester by a score of 44-10. The Crimson Hawks will host Assumption on Saturday in the Super Region One final. West Chester finished the 2017 season with a record of 9-4.

Unlike the PSAC championship game when Indiana ran the ball and consumed the clock, in this contest they opened play with a no huddle, hurry up, passing game that knifed through the Golden Ram defense. Even with the pace, due to their success moving the ball, the Crimson Hawks still had the ball for over 11 minutes in the first quarter alone. Meanwhile, the West Chester offense couldn’t do anything. At halftime, the Golden Rams had 17 yards rushing, 21 yards passing for just 38 total yards and only two first downs. That’s compared to Indiana which had 356 yards of offense and a 30-0 lead.


In the third quarter, with the outcome already decided, West Chester started making some strides, mainly on the running of A.J. Long who finished with a team-high 71 yards on the ground. But he lost a fumble and the Crimson Hawks needed just one play to cross 68 yards for the touchdown.


Paul Dooley returned to quarterback and engineered a five-play touchdown drive which included a 26-yard pass to Dan Neuhaus and ended with a 23-yard pass to a wide open Tyler Karpinski for the score. But Indiana responded with another one-play touchdown drive, this one a 62-yard pass play.


This game was certainly decided in the trenches. Dooley was sacked five times and Indiana’s 14 tackles for loss amounted to 55 yards. Meanwhile, the Golden Rams defense managed just five tackles for loss for a total of five yards.

Punter Brendan Paulison had another tremendous day. With the wind at his back in the first quarter, he launched punts of 65 and 61 yards. And although his four punts into the second quarter wind only averaged 37 yards, Indiana didn’t return any of them. For the game, Paulison averaged 45.8 yards and pinned three inside the Indiana 20 yard line.


Running back Jarel Elder did all he could in his final collegiate game as he ran for 59 yards, had a nine-yard catch and 116 yards in kick returns for a game-high 184 all-purpose yards. Defensively, linebacker Tyler Morrissey had 15 tackles in the game with 14 of them coming before halftime. Safety Jarey Elder had five solo tackles before leaving the game with an apparent shoulder injury late in the first half. Senior cornerback Shaquille James had four pass breakups and three tackles.


Indiana Gazette - Evans steps up in big game

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Game Preview - Indiana

The Golden Rams (9-3) travel to Indiana (11-0) in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division II playoffs. Kickoff at George P. Miller Stadium on Saturday is set for noon. The Crimson Hawks remain ranked #1 in the D2football.com poll and #3 in the AFCA poll. The winner of this game will play the winner of the Findlay at Assumption in the Super Region 1 finals next Saturday.

Series History:

Indiana leads the overall series 13-7. The teams faced each other twice in 1987 with both games being played at Farrell Stadium. West Chester won the season opener by a convincing 31-7 score, but in the PSAC championship game, Indiana won in an equally convincing manner, 21-9.

Head coach Bill Zwaan endeared himself to Golden Ram fans when he broke West Chester's five-game losing streak to Indiana and led West Chester to a 30-20 win in his first game against them in 2005. However, he then lost three straight to the Crimson Hawks, including a 45-35 home loss in the first round of the 2007 playoffs. In a game that vaulted West Chester into the the 2014 playoffs, the Golden Rams won at Indiana in their last meeting.

Indiana is currently under the direction of long-time assistant and first-year head coach Paul Tortorella who took over the position after Curt Cignetti left for Elon University. Tortorella has spent 22 years at Indiana with most of those coming as defensive coordinator and had the interim title removed from his head coach title after the regular season.

Last 10 Meetings:

Year
H/A
W/L
Score
Year
H/A
W/L
Score
1993
Home
Loss
37-26
2007
Home
Loss
45-35
1995
Away
Loss
50-7
2010
Away
Loss
27-10
1998
Home
Loss
19-10
2011
Home
Loss
34-7
1999
Away
Loss
12-9
2014
Away
Win
28-17
2005
Home
Win
30-20
2017
Home
Loss
24-7

Last Meeting:


11/11/2017 Indiana 24 - West Chester 7

The Crimson Hawks captured all aspects of the game in securing the PSAC Championship. The Golden Rams offense was held to just 30 yards rushing and 1 of 10 on third down conversions and threw four interceptions in the game. Meanwhile, Indiana scored touchdowns on their first two possessions and three of their first four times touching the ball while controlling the clock for 34 minutes of the game.

Tight end Dan Neuhaus had three catches for 62 yards and West Chester's only score. Linebacker Tyler Morrissey racked up 20 tackles in the game, defensive end Diquan Gilbert registered a sack and defensive back Corey Kelley prevented another Indiana touchdown by picking off a pass in the end zone.

Scouting the Opponent:
Temple transfer and All-PSAC West quarterback Lenny Williams (180 of 266, 2,366 yards, 26 TD's, 6 ints) leads the PSAC in passer efficiency and paces the offense. Receivers Allen Wright (61 catches, 607 yards, 3 TD's), Dom McNeil (28 catches, 546 yards, 4 TD's), JoJo Gause (20 catches, 249 yards, 4 TD's), and Chris Wuestner (20 catches, 223 yards, 5 TD's) give Williams a variety of targets. All-PSAC West running back Samir Bullock (171 carries, 1,044 yards, 11 TD's) and PSAC West Freshman of the Year Justice Evans (119 carries, 669 yards, 6 TD's) manage the ground game. The offensive line has All-PSAC West performers in tackle Jerron Searles, guard Collin McAllister, center Jeff Arnold, and tight end Rex Pearce.

Defensive ends Deandre Easterling (28 tackles, 7.5 sacks) and Dondrea Tillman (39 tackles, 5.5 sacks) and tackle Jemal Averette (38 tackles, 7.0 TFL) were All-PSAC West this season. Joining them on the all-league team are linebackers Damon Lloyd (82 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 int) and Nick Amendola (81 tackles, 2.5 TFL).

Strong safety and Notre Dame transfer Max Redfield (69 tackles, 4 int) was All-PSAC West as was cornerback JR Stevens (38 tackles, 7 int) and free safety Takhi Turner (61 tackles, 2 int).

Kicker Dillon Sarka (11 of 15 FG, 47 of 53 PAT) was All-PSAC West while the punter is East Stroudsburg transfer Nico Ruiz (37.8 avg, 11 I20, 3 50+). McNeil is the primary kick returner while Mike Pietropola returns punts.

Analysis:
There's no doubt that Indiana dominated the match-up in West Chester just two weeks ago, but the Golden Rams looked like a different team in their first round game at Shippensburg. If the same Golden Ram team that handled the Raiders last week shows up in Indiana, it could be a very interesting ball game.

Massey Ratings is predicting a 31-19 Crimson Hawk victory.

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