WEST CH­ESTER (1-0, 2-2) AT KUTZ­TOWN (1-0, 1-3)

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

6:05 p.m. at An­dre Reed Sta­dium Ra­dio: WCHE 1520 AM

What’s at Stake: The Golden Rams were the pre­sea­son pick to suc­cess­fully de­fend its PSAC East ti­tle, and this is the sea­son’s first di­vi­sion road game. West Ch­ester ended a two-game skid with a 37-7 vic­tory over Lock Haven last week­end, and is start­ing to gain some mo­men­tum. This clash is al­ways in­ter­est­ing be­cause the Golden Bears head coach, Jim Cle­ments, served on Bill Zwaan’s coach­ing staff at Wi­dener. Kutz­town re­cently notched its first tri­umph of the sea­son at Millersville, 41-13.

His­tory: West Ch­ester leads the all-time series 51-9.

Keys to the Game: The Rams run de­fense will be tested, and WCU’s front seven has been hit par­tic­u­larly hard with in­juries. Kutz­town sopho­more Craig Reynolds is the con­fer­ence’s No. 2 run­ner (132 yards per game) and his backup, Dar­rell Scott, is a nice change of pace. Due to an in­jury to Rut­gers trans­fer Ter­ence Scan­lon, fresh­man QB Collin DiGalbo got the start against Millersville. De­fen­sively, the Bears are led by LB Zack Delp and DT Chris McMona­gle. West Ch­ester’s big­gest over­all chal­lenge is prob­a­bly fo­cus and dis­ci­pline. The squad is av­er­ag­ing more than 10 penal­ties per game.

Pre­dic­tion: West Ch­ester 39, Kutz­town 23.

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