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West Chester Back Home To Host LIU-Post

(West Chester coach Bill Zwaan.  File photo provided by WCU)

(West Chester coach Bill Zwaan. File photo provided by WCU)

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By Matt Leon

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — West Chester was riding high heading into last weekend’s game at East Stroudsburg after upsetting then #6 California (PA) the week before. But the Golden Rams couldn’t maintain the momentum and they saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in heartbreaking fashion.

After West Chester rallied from 14 down, East Stroudsburg scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass with just five seconds left to grab a 35-28 win.

“We got ourselves back into it late in the game,” West Chester head coach Bill Zwaan tells KYW Newsradio. “We didn’t play very well the whole game, but we did have a chance there late. Give East Stroudsburg credit, they went down the field and scored on us.”

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So West Chester sits at 4-2 as they get ready to host LIU-Post on Saturday. The Pioneers are 2-3, but Zwaan says they’ve played everyone tough.

“Every single loss they have — Bloomsburg, Shippensburg and Edinboro — overtime loss to Edinboro and two late losses to Bloom and Ship, who are right now are undefeated and at the top of the east in the region. So they’ve hung in there against pretty good teams and we know we’re facing a pretty good football team. And coming off a tough loss, we’ve got to get ourselves ready to go this week.”

LIU-Post averages more than 32 points a game on offense and Zwaan says that’s not an accident.

“They have a really interesting offense. It looks a lot like the spread-zone read teams that you see. Their quarterback (Steven) Laurino, was rookie of the year last year. He did a great job for them. He does both runs and passes, he’s tough to defend. And they’ve got some pretty good football players, they always have.”

West Chester and LIU-Post will kick-off at 1:00 p.m. at John A. Farrell Stadium.

You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattleonkyw.

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