WCU grounds down East Strouds­burg

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

Jarel El­der rushed for 118 yards and Eerin Young added 110 as vis­it­ing West Ch­ester de­feated East Strouds­burg,41-14 in a PSAC East foot­ball con­test at Eiler-Martin Sta­dium Satur­day.

West Ch­ester (6-3, 5-1 PSAC East) racked up 386 yards on the ground to go along with four rush­ing touch­downs, all of which fu­eled a 21-point fourth quar­ter en route to the win over ESU (4-5, 2-4). Ny­dair Rouse re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 28 yards for the fi­nal touch­down of the game.

Pat Mo­ri­arty (10-for-28) hit Tyler Karpin­ski on an 8-yard TD throw with :20 left in the first half to give the Golden Rams a 13-7 lead it would not re­lin­quish just be­fore half­time. Mike Class (ran in from six yards out to cap off the open­ing drive of the sec­ond half and put West Ch­ester in front, 20-7.

WCU put the game away with a pair of TD runs in the fourth quar­ter that pre­ceded Rouse’s INT re­turn. El­der got into the end zone from two yards out for his sec­ond score of the game, and Young found pay­dirt from five yards away.

Mo­ri­arty fin­ished with 94 yards pass­ing and the one TD. He did not throw an in­ter­cep­tion. He also added an­other 52 yards rush­ing in the game that in­cluded a 19-yard scam­per.

De­fen­sive back, Shaquille James, led the de­fen­sive unit’s ef­fort with seven tack­les on the day. Blaise Schieler broke up a pair of passes and had a pair of tack­les. West Ch­ester lim­ited East Strouds­burg to just 58 of­fen­sive plays and 31 rush­ing yards in the game. Robert Healy fin­ished with 57 yards on the ground and one rush­ing touch­down.

The Golden Rams had a pair of run­ning backs eclipse 100 yards rush­ing in the same game for the 19th time in school his­tory and the first since Nov. 29, 2014 at Concord in a play­off game. West Ch­ester’s 386 rush­ing yards marks the sixth-best team ef­fort as well and is the most since run­ning for a school-record 456 against Millersville in 2013. WCU’s 58 rush­ing at­tempts were the third most in a game in school his­tory. West Ch­ester ex­tended its win­ning streak to four straight over East Strouds­burg while pick­ing up its 60th win in the 82nd meet­ing be­tween the two ri­vals. With the four wins, West Ch­ester’s se­nior class will grad­u­ate a per­fect 4-0 against the War­riors – the first class to do that since the 1990 squad.

West Ch­ester re­turns home next Satur­day for a 12:05 p.m. kick­off against Millersville at John A. Far­rell Sta­dium on Se­nior Day.

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