College football: Eastern Michigan RB Ryan Brumfield earns conference honors after career-best effort

CLEVELAND – Eastern Michigan junior RB Ryan Brumfield (Owen J. Roberts) was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Eagles to a 35-32 overtime victory over Western Michigan Saturday.

Brumfield ran for a career-high 148 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns, including a four-yard burst up the middle in OT to seal Eastern Michigan’s win, which capped a tumultuous week that saw the dismissal of head coach Ron English following a 1-8 start.

Under the direction of interim coach Stan Parrish, the former Wildcats star also scored the Eagles’ first TD on a 23-yard run and later completed a crucial halfback option pass for a two-point conversion that tied things up at the end of regulation.

For the season, Brumfield is second on the team in rushing with 444 yards and has reached the end zone seven times – five on the ground and two on pass receptions. Brumfield and Bronson Hill both eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau in the win, the first time two EMU running backs had accomplished that feat since a 2011 clash with Alabama State.


Sophomore DB Terrell Chestnut (Pottsgrove) has gotten into the defensive backfield rotation for the Mountaineers, who suffered a 47-40 overtime loss to Texas Saturday. Chestnut chipped in with two tackles for West Virginia (4-6), which will need wins over Kansas and Iowa State in its final two regular season games to extend its consecutive bowl appearance streak to 12.


Junior LB Maika Polamalu (Pottsgrove) saw action in the Midshipmen’s 42-28 triumph over winless Hawaii Saturday. The victory puts Navy (5-4) one win away from its 11th bowl game berth in 12 seasons.



Senior quarterback Trevor Sasek (Spring-Ford) hit 25 of 50 passes for 242 yards but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Hens (7-3, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association) suffered a 24-10 loss to William & Mary Saturday. Sasek was sacked three times and picked off twice as Delaware managed just 170 yards of total offense.


Sophomore WR Jacob Gribb (Pope John Paul II) got playing time in the Wildcats’ 45-0 thrashing of Rhode Island Saturday. Villanova (5-4, 4-3 CAA) is off next weekend before hosting Delaware on Saturday, Nov. 23.



Sophomore DE Ezra Ranco (Perkiomen Valley) saw action as the Huskies handed West Chester its first loss of the season, 31-28, and earned a berth in the PSAC championship game. For the Golden Rams (9-1), senior DE Kayo Bakare (Perkiomen Valley) notched playing time.

Slippery Rock (9-1) qualified for the championship game with Bloomsburg by winning the PSAC West by virtue of a 55-21 romp over Mercyhurst. Redshirt sophomore LB Sam Funk (Owen J. Roberts) participated in the win for the Rock.


Senior QB Zach Zulli (Perkiomen Valley) hit 31 of 47 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns to power the Red Raiders past winless Cheyney 42-0 Saturday. Zulli now has 121 TD passes for his career, passing Kutztown’s Kevin Morton for second place in PSAC history and moving into fourth place all-time in Division II in that category. Junior LB Chase Fleming (Upper Perkiomen) chipped in with a tackle as Shippensburg allowed just 102 total yards.


Sophomore DB Jon Neiman (Boyertown) collected three tackles in the Warriors’ 66-7 romp over Millersville Saturday. East Stroudsburg improved to 7-3 with the win. For Millersville (1-9), junior Kevin Bohl (Phoenixville) started at left tackle for an offense that posted just 189 yards and senior S Dan Miller (Owen J. Roberts) also saw action.


Redshirt junior Mike Nowak (Owen J. Roberts) started on the offensive line and senior DB Matt Galloway (St. Pius X) got playing time as the Golden Bears (3-7) drilled Lock Haven 38-17. Nowak was instrumental in helping Kutztown pile up 505 yards of offense.


Freshman TE Zameer McDowell (Spring-Ford) saw action in the Vulcans’ 23-20 loss to Mercyhurst that left both teams at 6-4 on the season.



Sophomore DE Steve Ambs (Pottsgrove) continued wreaking havoc with 9 tackles (3 TFL), one sack and one pass breakup in the Golden Bears’ 41-10 loss to Muhlenberg (7-2). Senior LG Wilmer Barndt (Boyertown) got the start on the O-line for Ursinus (6-3), which collected 331 yards of offense. Also for the Bears, starting junior free safety Matt Glowacki (Spring-Ford) recorded 3 solo tackles and senior DB Jovanni Waters (Perkiomen Valley) saw action.


Sophomore kicker Ryan O’Hara (Spring-Ford) booted an 18-yard field goal and seven PAT kicks to help the Pride (6-3, 6-2 MAC) overcome King’s College (5-4, 5-3) 52-20 Saturday. Freshman Jay Thomas (Owen J. Roberts) got the start at tight end for the Monarchs and caught one pass for 9 yards.


Starting sophomore LT Ryan Ignatovig (Pope John Paul II) helped the Diplomats post 424 yards of offense and senior LB Tyler Pollick (St. Pius X) came up with two tackles in a 45-30 loss to unbeaten Johns Hopkins (9-0) Saturday. F&M dropped to 5-4.


Starting senior center Aaron Cummins (Spring-Ford) helped the Dutchmen improve to 8-1 with a 30-6 romp over Stevenson. With Cummins’ help, Lebanon Valley ground out 317 rushing yards.


Sophomore LB Rashaad Lighty (Pottstown) contributed four tackles and starting senior LT William Carter (Pottstown) anchored an offense that accumulated 456 yards in a 31-27 decision over Wilkes, which failed to hold onto a 27-17 fourth-quarter lead. For Wilkes, sophomore DE Jason Ugwu (Perkiomen Valley) had 5 tackles (1 TFL), sophomore DB Darrius Bookard (Pottstown) chipped in with a tackle and sophomore TE Mason Weber (Pottstown) saw action.


Starting freshman WR Davon Mitchell (Perkiomen Valley) had one catch for five yards in a 27-14 win over Moravian (2-7). Junior RT Jacob McKee (Boyertown) got the start on the O-line and junior DB David Siepietowski (Boyertown) assisted on one tackle for the Greyhounds. Juniata is now 6-4.


Starting senior TE Patrick McMichael (Methacton) caught  2 passes for 76 yards and sophomore RB Travis Andrews (Phoenixville) had one carry for 2 yards and assisted on a tackle on special teams in the Bullets’ 42-7 conquest of Dickinson. Gettysburg is now 4-5.