West Chester University Football (5-3, 4-1 PSAC) crushed the Cheyney University Wolves (1-7, 0-5 PSAC) 46-12 in the Golden Rams’ homecoming game.
WCU was led by quarterback Pat Moriarty, who registered an efficient 10-19, 130 yard three touchdown performance in the lopsided victory. Moriarty was given a huge helping hand by running back Mike Class, who rushed for a career-high 90 yards on 11 carries.
Cheyney kept things close early on as WCU led 14-6 early in the second quarter, but four unanswered touchdowns by the Golden Rams saw their lead balloon to 35 as they went up 41-6.
Class was assisted by Jarel Elder (16 attempts, 76 yards), Mark Dukes (6 attempts, 34 yards, 1 TD) and Eerin Young (9 attempts, 30 yards, 1 TD) in the group game, as they waged war in the trenches and often trekked away unscathed.
Moriarty did an excellent job of equal distribution in this one. He completed passes to at least eight different receivers, and he divvyed up the scoring wealth by throwing touchdown strikes to three different players.
Jordan Banks (4 receptions, 44 yards), Tyler Karpinski (2 receptions, 26 yards) and Simon Williams (1 recep- tion, 25 yards) all recorded touchdowns via heaves from Moriarty, with Marcus Syndor and Lex Rosario combining for another 35 receiving yards.
West Chester’s offensive bravado (411 total yards, 5.4 yards per play, 6-6 in the redzone) eclipsed what Cheyney was able to muster up, and the Wolves’ offense sputtering can be accredited to WCU’s stifling defense.
The Golden Rams held Cheyney to 151 yards of total offense, and the second half was a horror show for the Wolves.
WCU held Cheyney to -30 yards on 13 second half plays, and the bulk of Cheyney’s yardage for the game came on two plays: a 62-yard pass and an 58-yard run. Those two efforts accounted for 120 of the Wolves’ 151 yards.
Cheyney quarterback Dominick Trautz combated WCU’s heckling defense all afternoon long, looking for any tactic to stave off the pressure and find some daylight for him and his team. Trautz went 5-14 for 120 yards, an interception and was sacked twice.
Brandon French did tally 72 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Wolves, but three of the four other players who had a rushing attempt finished with negative yardage, including Trautz, who ran the ball five times but lost 41 yards while only gaining six.
WCU recorded six-and-a-half tackles for a loss in this one, with two of those coming from Ch’aim Smith in the form of two sacks. Smith also deflected a pass and had four total tackles, heading the Golden Rams’ fiery defensive attack. Cheyney hindered their ability to gain any traction on either side of the ball by amassing 95 yards worth of penalties, a product of porous execution.
West Chester will continue their hunt for the postseason as they venture to East Stroudsburg University this Saturday, Oct. 29 to take on the Warriors (4-4, 2-3 PSAC).
West Chester trounced East Stroudsburg 41-27 in their final game of the season at home last year, but this year they’ll be venturing on the road facing a team eager to avenge an embarrassing loss. WCU believes they’re equipped to spawn the same result time around, even if the margin of victory doesn’t come close to resembling what it was last year.
After their showdown with ESU, the Golden Rams will have two games remaining, one of which is at home against Millersville University on Saturday, Nov. 5 on Military Appreciation Day. Be sure to save the date and be prepared to cheer on WCU as they look to clinch a playoff berth.
Will “B.J.” Boyer is a third-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at WB806695@wcupa.edu.