West Chester heads to Erie for Saturday game with Gannon

Matt Leon
September 10, 2019 - 1:58 pm
West Chester head coach Bill Zwaan

West Chester University Athletics


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Division II West Chester Golden Rams will spend the weekend in Erie as they play their first road game against Gannon University. 

West Chester opened the season with a hard-fought home win over Bentley. The Golden Rams pulled out a 14-7 decision, despite committing five turnovers.

"When you survive the first game with as many mistakes as we made, you basically say, 'Okay, a win is a win, and we can correct a lot of this,'" West Chester head coach Bill Zwaan told KYW Newsradio. "Certainly it's a lot easier going into that meeting with a win under your belt and correcting those mistakes than trying to do it after a loss."

West Chester won the game with Bentley on a 30-yard touchdown run by Ja'Den Mckenzie with just 23 seconds remaining in the game. It capped a 112-yard performance for the redshirt freshman.

Gannon also won its opener by the score of 14-7. The Golden Knights defeated Southern Connecticut State on the road.

"They have a lot of guys back on both sides of the ball," Zwaan says. "A team that we handled last year (31-7 home win), but we're not the same team that we were last year and they're probably very similar to what they were last year. So this is going to be a challenge, especially playing up there."

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Zwaan talks about some of the challenges of the first road game, especially for younger players who may have never traveled with the team before.

"The biggest challenge for us as coaches is making sure the kids are on time," he says. "So we try to room the younger kids with the older kids so they know: be on time to breakfast, be on time for the meetings, be on the bus on time. Don't hold everybody else up. That's kind of one of the things we try to have the kids learn in this first go around."

Saturday's game kicks off at noon in Erie.

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