By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The West Chester Golden Rams have put themselves in a great position coming down the home stretch of the 2013 college football regular season as they get ready to visit local rival Cheyney,
West Chester improved to 8-0 on the season (5-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East) with a thrilling 32-29 win over a very good Shippensburg team last weekend. The Rams also are ranked #1 in the initial Super Region 1 poll. That’s used to determine the six teams from the region who will qualify for the 2013 NCAA Division II Football Championships.
As for that win over Shippensburg, senior kicker Shawn Leo provided the heroics when he hit a 26-yard field goal with a second left. But head coach Bill Zwaan says the victory did come at a price.
“We had a bunch of guys go down to injury,” Zwaan tells KYW Newsradio. “And the guys who stepped in, especially at the quarterback position, really did a great job for us. So there were a lot of really positives that came out of that win. We obviously had our back up against the wall numerous times and a lot of adversity to fight through and in the end we just kept hanging in and hanging in and the kids never put their heads down. We got the field goal at the end to win the game. So a lot of positives taken out of there, the negatives were the injuries. We got a bunch of guys that got banged up and all to different degrees. Hopefully we’re going to get a couple of them back at some point and time, but right now we’re a little banged up.”