West Ch­ester jumps out fast to rout Ed­in­boro

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Neil Geoghe­gan ngeoghe­gan@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @NeilMGeoghe­gan on Twit­ter

WEST GOSHEN » With last year’s dou­ble over­time stun­ner at Ed­in­boro still fresh, and last week’s sim­i­lar set­back at Slip­pery Rock still dif­fi­cult to digest, the West Ch­ester foot­ball squad took more than a lit­tle frus­tra­tion out on the Fight­ing Scots on Satur­day at Far­rell Sta­dium.

The Golden Rams had 34 points be­fore Ed­in­boro had two first downs, and rode a his­tor­i­cally pro­duc­tive first half into a con­vinc­ing 62-28 PSAC cross­over tri­umph. West Ch­ester’s 48 first half points were the most the Scots have al­lowed in a half in 91 years of foot­ball. And the to­tal was the most WCU’s scored since 2014.

“We wanted to hand it to them, pretty much,” ad­mit­ted line­backer Kevin Dug­gan.

“We were ready to go,” added wide­out Tyler Karpinksi. “We had a slow start last week­end and we wanted to get a lit­tle re­venge on Ed­in­boro.”

Se­nior run­ner Jarel Elder found the end zone three times for WCU, and quar­ter­back Paul Doo­ley threw for three touch­downs, in­clud­ing a pair to Karpin­ski. And un­like a week ago at Slip­pery Rock, the WCU de­fense had an early im­pact with a pick­six and a forced fum­ble that led to an­other TD.

“Af­ter last week and last year, I

wanted our guys to un­der­stand that (Ed­in­boro) is a good team and we need to jump on top and keep go­ing af­ter them,” said West Ch­ester head coach Bill Zwaan. “(Ed­in­boro’s) of­fense can score, so we knew we couldn’t af­ford to get com­pla­cent.”

Now 2-1 over­all, the Rams travel to Lock Haven next week­end to open PSAC East play against the Bald Ea­gles. Ed­in­boro (2-1) drops from the ranks of the un­beaten.

“It was good to get onto the next game and play the way we needed to,” Zwaan said. “All of our goals for this sea­son are sit­ting in front of us, we just have to go at­tack it week-by-week.”

The Rams came out of the locker room with a vengeance on Satur­day as Elder capped a 14-play open­ing march that cov­ered 75 yards. And then moments later, WCU’s Jor­dan Bur­ney forced a fum­ble in Scots’ ter­ri­tory, and Doo­ley con­nected with Rasheem James on the next play for a 29-yard touch­down.

Dug­gan then grabbed a tipped-pass and went 31 yards the other way for a de­fen­sive score and a three TD lead less than 12 min­utes in.

“I don’t think I’ve ever got­ten a pick-six in my life,” Dug­gan said. “It was also my first collegiate touch­down, so that was awe­some.”

Elder added two more big-play scores be­fore the end of the half, in­clud­ing a 43-yard run and a 58-yarder on a screen, where he walked into the end zone af­ter Ed­in­boro de­fend­ers mis­tak­enly thought the whis­tle had blown near mid­field.

“We look to the de­fense and the spe­cial teams to make plays, and if they give us good field po­si­tion, we know we are go­ing to score,” said Karpin­ski, who fin­ished with four catches for 78 yards.

It looked like the spe­cial teams had re­bounded from a mis­er­able out­ing a week ear­lier when Mike Class blocked a Scots’ punt and team­mate Jus­tice Smith picked it up and found the end zone early in the sec­ond quar­ter. But the en­su­ing kick­off went for 88-yards, set­ting up Ed­in­boro’s first TD.

And af­ter Karpin­ski hauled in a 36-yard strike from Doo­ley, the Rams had an his­toric 48-14 ad­van­tage head­ing into the in­ter­mis­sion.

“Ev­ery­body con­trib­uted, but that’s what we needed,” Zwaan said. “(Ed­in­boro) is a team that can get points on the board rel­a­tively quickly, so when we had them down, we got the in­ter­cep­tion re­turn and then the blocked punt, and all of the sud­den they were re­ally down.”

Mark Dukes later scored on a 44-yard run for the Rams, and the Scots tacked on a cou­ple late scores to make it re­spectable.

“We wanted to bounce back af­ter a tough loss,” Dug­gan said. “Com­ing out and hav­ing a big first half was huge. This was a bounce-back game and will give us good mo­men­tum head­ing into the PSAC East.”

West Ch­ester rolled up 322 of its 466 yards of to­tal of­fense in the first half. Elder wound up with 85 yards on 13 car­ries in lim­ited duty and Doo­ley was 12-for-19 for 164 yards.

“I’d like for us to be a lit­tle health­ier, for sure,” Zwaan pointed out. “If we can do that, I like our foot­ball team.”

NOTES: Start­ing re­ceiver Jor­dan Banks un­der­went surgery on an in­jured wrist ear­lier this week and is out un­til at least late Oc­to­ber/early Novem­ber … Start­ing right tackle Vince Los­tracco did not dress for the game with a high-an­kle sprain and was re­placed by ju­nior Jake Dun­can. And af­ter one se­ries, left tackle Evyn Stadulis (cramps) ex­ited in fa­vor of ju­nior Con­nor Walsh. “A lot of guys stepped up for us un­der tough con­di­tions,” Zwaan said … Coatesville’s James Clark, a ju­nior wide­out for Ed­in­boro, scored three TDs, and fin­ished with a dozen catches for 104 yards.


West Ch­ester run­ning back Jarel Elder reaches for the end zone to score in front of Ed­in­boro de­fen­sive back Bran­don An­der­son in the first quar­ter of Satur­day’s 62-28 vic­tory.


West Ch­ester de­fen­sive back Shaquille James fights off Ed­in­boro wide re­ceiver James Clark to in­ter­cept a pass in the sec­ond quar­ter.


West Ch­ester quar­ter­back Paul Doo­ley at­tempts a pass against Ed­in­boro on Satur­day.

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