They re very aggressive and the linebackers flow where the ball is, White said. When we weren t making blocks, they were coming free and making good tackles. That unit is great. No doubt about it.
White and the West Chester offense will look to have that front seven chasing its players across the field today as the Golden Rams head to Redman Stadium for a rematch with the PSAC champion Huskies in the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament (Noon, Radio WCHE 1520 AM).
White, West Chester s all time rushing leader, was held to just 132 total yards (88 rushing, 44 receiving) in the Golden Rams 31 28 loss to Bloomsburg in Week 10. The senior has 1,715 yards rushing with 20 touchdowns and 710 receiving yards with two scores.
Even though the Bloomsburg game plan will revolve around stopping White, the Harlon Hill Trophy finalist knows the adjustments he and his teammates will need to make throughout the game.
We might go through the air a little more, which could possibly open up the run, White said. They did a real good job of containing me the first time we saw them. We just got to counteract that.
Going to the air and getting quick touchdowns is a good way to score of the Huskies defense. The pass defense is last in the PSAC and 159th in the NCAA, allowing 294.7 yards per game.
Opposing quarterbacks have a passer efficiency rating Terrance West Jersey of 144.3 against a Huskies secondary that was ranked 140th in Division II football.
West Chester head coach Bill Zwaan attempted to test that secondary in the prior meeting and will seek to do so again in the rematch. This time he hopes to see better results.
We just didn t execute the last time, Zwaan said. We didn t throw or catch the ball well and things we thought we thought would get open didn t. There were a lot of reasons we didn t exploit it even though we thought about it.
We were 1 for 10 on third down conversions last game, junior wideout Erick Brundidge said. Our main focus is to keep that run and gun offense off the field, but we have to attack that secondary. We have to throw the ball to open up the run for Delly (White) and take advantage of what they re giving us.
In order for West Chester to execute plays and sustain drives, quarterback Sean McCartney will be asked to perform at the level he has sustained most of the season. McCartney is coming off one of his best performances as a starter, completing 20 of 36 passes for a school playoff record 423 yards and four touchdowns in the first round win over American.
McCartney, in his first game back from injury, went 16 for 26 for 305 yards and four touchdowns in the first meeting against Bloomsburg. Once West Chester trailed 31 14 in the fourth quarter, McCartney finished 7 of 9 for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Bloomsburg dominated the time of possession in the first meeting, controlling the football for 37:46 to West Chester s 22:14. The Golden Rams high powered offense will stick to the game plan.
We re just going to play West Chester football, Brundidge said. That s the main focus and what we ve been doing all year. We have to stay in tune with what we re doing so we can execute.
When the NCAA Division II bracket was announced two weeks ago, West Chester was hoping for another shot at Bloomsburg. They got that matchup, but are not out to seek revenge.
I want to call it a game we deserve because we worked too hard for this, Brundidge said. We put ourselves in this position and started this from day one. It s hard to beat a team twice, especially in the playoffs. We did our homework so it definitely should pay off in the long run.