West Chester visits Kutztown in showdown of undefeated PSAC squads

Matt Leon
October 25, 2018 - 1:10 pm
West Chester head coach Bill Zwaan

West Chester University Athletics


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It should be the showcase game of the year in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference on Saturday as 7-0 West Chester (4-0 PSAC East) visits 7-0 Kutztown (4-0 PSAC East).

West Chester picked up its seventh win this past Saturday, pounding East Stroudsburg 53-24. The Golden Rams dominated throughout, leading by as many as 37 points in the second half before ESU scored a couple of late touchdowns. 

"With Kutztown looming on the horizon, I was little worried the kids would look past (ESU)," West Chester head coach Bill Zwaan said. "What ended up happening I think was our quarterback situation was a little bit in flux, so I think the kids really concentrated on the fact that we were going to probably have to play our backup quarterback in the game, so everybody kind of focused on East Stroudsburg, didn't look ahead, knowing how important it was to support Mike Piperno, our backup. So that ended up working out positively for us."

Piperno went 8 for 13, throwing the football for 137 yards. He had a touchdown and an interception. He was complimented by a dominant rushing attack, which piled up 357 yards and six scores on the ground.

Piperno was stepping in at quarterback for A.J. Long, who has had a magnificent season to this point as the starter.

"So (Long) got dinged up at Bloomsburg (October 6th) and we thought, with the bye week, that we would be able to get him back, but he wasn't able to get back in time for East Stroudsburg," Zwaan said. "He should be okay for this week. Did most of the practice (Tuesday) and so I'm hoping he'll get to do a little bit more each day. So we should get him back for the game (on Saturday)."

Kutztown is coming off a 42-28 win at Shippensburg last weekend.

"What really jumps out is how well the quarterback's playing," Zwaan said of the Golden Bears. "(Redshirt junior) Collin DiGalbo is playing really well, especially over the last few weeks. He's making great throws, he's dangerous running the football. He's been that way for a couple years, but it really looks like he's matured in the offense. He's really playing well."

DiGalbo leads an offense which has scored at least 32 games in every game this season. 

The Golden Bears are led by former Delaware Valley University head coach Jim Clements, and their offensive coordinator is another former DelVal head coach, G.A. Mangus.

Zwaan is really looking forward to Saturday.

"This is what we do this for," he said. "We've got two great teams playing each other in a big weekend late in the season. That's a lot of fun."

Last year, West Chester beat Kutztown, 27-21 at Farrell Stadium.

Saturday's game in Kutztown gets underway at 12:05 p.m.

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