West Ch­ester de­feats Cheyney

Tight end from Eng­land helps WCU dis­patch Cheyney

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bruce Adams badams@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mline­s­ports on Twit­ter

Maybe the hap­pi­est of the many con­trib­u­tors to West Ch­ester’s 46-12 win against Cheyney Satur­day was tight end Matt Sharp.

Sharp, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound grad­u­ate stu­dent from Great Bri­tain, caught the first pass of his West Ch­ester ca­reer, a nine-yard touch­down pass in the left cor­ner of the end zone.

“Catch­ing that touch­down was the best feel­ing of my life I could feel the en­ergy from my team­mates on the side­lines,” said Sharp, who came here from Eng­land in Au­gust 2015 and is study­ing for his Mas­ter’s de­gree in sta­tis­tics.

The touch­down came with 2:11 left to play and West Ch­ester hold­ing a 34-6 lead. The play was a play-ac­tion sweep to the right, and Sharp rolled to the right to block, then broke to the left cor­ner of the end zone and gath­ered in the touch­down pass.

Sharp is not re­ally a new­comer to the sport, hav­ing played it in Eng­land as an un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Derby, which spon­sors the Derby County Foot­ball Club.

“The Derby Club plays by NCAA rules, but the speed of the game is much faster over here,” noted Sharp, adding that, in the

United States, males start play­ing foot­ball at a much younger age than they do in Eng­land.

West Ch­ester (5-3) ran up a 27-6 lead by half­time against Cheyney (1-7). The Wolves had been outscored 369-41 in their last six games coming into Satur­day, but mo­ti­va­tion was not a prob­lem for the Golden Rams Satur­day, play­ing in front of a Home­com­ing crowd.

“You feel blessed to play [at Home­com­ing],” said West Ch­ester quar­ter­back Pat Mo­ri­ar­ity, who tossed three touch­down passes. “My par­ents were here to­day, as well as my foot­ball coach when I played at Har­ri­ton [Matt Barr] and my base­ball coach at Har­ri­ton [Scott Kurzin­sky]. [For­mer Har­ri­ton and West Ch­ester team­mate] Pat McDer­mott was here, too.”

Mo­ri­ar­ity’s third touch­down pass, an 18-yard strike to ju­nior wide re­ceiver Tyler Karpin­ski in the right cor­ner of the end zone, gave the Golden Rams a 34-6 lead with 8:50 to play in the third quar­ter.

“I saw [Karpin­ski] in mo­tion, and I knew that I was about to take a hit [from the Cheyney de­fend­ers],” said Mo­ri­ar­ity. “I got rid of the ball just be­fore I got hit.”

The Golden Rams con­trolled the clock Satur­day, pos­sess­ing the ball for 40:41 and gain­ing 254 yards rush­ing on 53 car­ries. West Ch­ester’s vic­tory gave the Golden Rams a 49-1-1 lead in the all-time se­ries be­tween the two teams.

West Ch­ester head coach Billy Zwaan said, “Our older guys played hard to­day, got us the early [big] lead, and then we were able to bring in our younger guys, and they did a good job for us.”

Zwaan praised the play of sopho­more run­ning back Mike Class, who gained 91 yards on 11 car­ries, lead­ing all rush­ers.

“Mike’s done a tremen­dous job for us on spe­cial teams, as one of the kick­off and cover guys,” said Zwaan. “He’s been a key player, a spe­cial player for us - he fights off tack­les [well] , and be­cause he’s al­ways hus­tling on ev­ery play, he makes the other team block him on ev­ery play.”

Another Home­com­ing hero Satur­day at John A. Far­rell Sta­dium - one with lo­cal roots - was Con­estoga High School grad Blaise Toroni of Ber­wyn, a sopho­more kicker for the Golden Rams. Toroni booted a 25yard field goal with 8:09 to play that fin­ished the scor­ing for the day.

“Blaise has been work­ing re­ally hard in prac­tice, and he did a great job for us to­day,” said Zwaan.

Another West Ch­ester player who ex­cited the Home­com­ing crowd was se­nior Ted Pat­ton, who in­ter­cepted a Cheyney two-point con­ver­sion try and re­turned it 104 yards for two points with 12:36 left in the game to give the Golden Rams a 43-12 lead. Pat­ton, a 5-foot9, 170-pound de­fen­sive back from McKeen, Del., in­ter­cepted the ball in the end zone and there was noth­ing but day­light ahead of him.

Pat­ton’s con­ver­sion re­turn fol­lowed a 66-yard fum­ble re­turn for a touch­down by Cheyney ju­nior de­fen­sive back Sa­muel Ano­julu.

Cheyney broke loose for sev­eral siz­able gains Satur­day - ju­nior run­ning back Bran­don French ran for 58 yards on one play, and ju­nior quar­ter­back Do­minic Trautz hooked up with ju­nior run­ning back Devin Miler for a 62-yard gain that led to an early touch­down by the Wolves that cut the West Ch­ester lead to 14-6. But the Golden Rams then scored on their fol­low­ing two pos­ses­sions to take a 27-6 lead by half­time.

Cheyney head coach Chris Roul­hac said, “We took ad­van­tage of some [matchups] early in the game, but we didn’t fin­ish. Be­fore the game, I told the team to play hard, to do the best you can to make a con­test of it. But we don’t have enough peo­ple, West Ch­ester has bet­ter per­son­nel and Billy Zwaan’s a great coach.”

SCOTT ROWAN — SPE­CIAL TO DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jor­dan Banks scores on a four-yard pass from Pat Mo­ri­arty in the sec­ond quar­ter of West Ch­ester’s 46-12 vic­tory over Cheyney on Satur­day. Rod­er­ick Malone (30) and Devin Miller at­tempted to make the play for the Wolves.

SCOTT ROWAN — SPE­CIAL TO DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

WCU’s Mark Dukes breaks away from Marvin Easter III of Cheyney on Satur­day.

SCOTT ROWAN — SPE­CIAL TO DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

West Ch­ester’s Jarel El­der breaks through past Jamiel Hines as Evyn Stadulis blocks dur­ing Satur­day’s game.

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