By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you drew up a plan back in August for how the Division II West Chester Golden Rams would like the 2013 season to start, it probably would look quite similar to what has actually transpired so far.
West Chester sits at 3-0 as they get ready to host Kutztown on Saturday night and they have averaged just under 50 points a game in putting together their perfect record. Last week, the Golden Rams hammered Millersville 48-3, rushing for a school record 456 yards in the process.
“(Quarterback) Sean McCartney has played very well in the first three games and that’s really opened up our offense,” West Chester head coach Bill Zwaan tells KYW Newsradio. “Because it has allowed us to establish the run game because people have to play that passing game. We’re deep at receiver, so we don’t have anybody who’s really tearing it up, numbers-wise, but they’re all together having a really good season. Defensively, we had a little bit of a tough time up at Gannon (56-41 win) because they are pretty good in their offense, but our guys have done a good job, did a great job against New Haven, did a great job last week. We are young, we’re getting better. So right now we are right in the position we were hoping to be, 3-0 and playing good football.”
West Chester senior running back Rondell White continues to punish opponents. He ran for 227 yards against Millersville, and so far this season he has rushed for 568 yards and seven touchdowns while also catching a team high 14 passes for an additional 184 yards and another score.
Kutztown comes to town winless at 0-3. But Zwaan says you have to look beyond that record.
“They’ve lost three games to undefeated teams,” Zwaan says. “So they’re playing now a fourth undefeated team on their schedule. So they’ve had a tough start from a schedule standpoint.”
Zwaan says his secondary will have to be ready to go in this one.
“They will throw the ball probably somewhere in the range of 45 to 50 times against us,” Zwaan says. “They have a good scheme offensively, so they can definitely score points. Defensively, they did a nice job against Bloomsburg last week, shutting down their run game to a certain extent.”
Last season, West Chester beat Kutztown on the road, 45-24.
Saturday’s game between the Golden Rams and the Golden Bears kicks off at 6:00pm.
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