College football roundup: Perk Valley product Zach Zulli finishes strong in Shippensburg loss

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SHIPPENSBURG – Shippensburg senior quarterback Zach Zulli (Perkiomen Valley) concluded his brilliant college career by passing for 296 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-21 loss to Indiana (Pa.) Saturday.

One of 7 regional finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy he secured last season as the Division II Player of the Year, Zulli hit 30 of 52 passes in his finale, with both scoring throws going to junior Trevor Harman.

For the season, Zulli went 294-for-480 for 3,500 yards and 35 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions. His career total of 123 TD passes rank third all-time in NCAA Division II history.

The loss to IUP (9-2) was the 22nd straight in the series for the Red Raiders (7-4), who wasted a 13-yard TD run by Zulli and a sack by junior LB Chase Fleming (Upper Perkiomen). Fleming finished the season with 29 tackles (9.5 TFL), 3.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

BLOOMSBURG

Sophomore DE Ezra Ranco (Perkiomen Valley) picked up four tackles and a sack as the Huskies captured the PSAC championship with a 42-28 conquest of Slippery Rock Saturday. The victory helped No. 12 Bloomsburg (10-1) earn a second-seed and first-round playoff bye in the Division II Super Region 1 bracket. Slippery Rock (9-2) is also in the Super Region 1 playoffs as the No. 5 seed. The Rock, which got one tackle from redshirt sophomore LB Sam Funk (Owen J. Roberts) in the loss to Bloomsburg, will travel to Winston-Salem State (N.C.) for the first round of the playoffs Saturday.

KUTZTOWN

Starting redshirt junior Mike Nowak (Owen J. Roberts) helped the Golden Bears close out their season with a 41-10 romp over Edinboro. Nowak was a factor in Kutztown (4-7) posting 469 yards of offense. Senior safety Matt Galloway (St. Pius X) also started in the defensive backfield for the Bears.

CALIFORNIA (PA.)

Freshman TE Zameer McDowell (Spring-Ford) played on special teams in the Vulcans’ 48-14 triumph over Millersville. California (PA) is now 7-4 on the season. For the Marauders (1-10), junior Kevin Bohl (Phoenixville) got the starting nod at LT and senior safety Dan Miller (Owen J. Roberts) collected 2 tackles in his final collegiate appearance.

WEST CHESTER

Senior DE Kayo Bakare (Perkiomen Valley) assisted on one tackle in the Golden Rams’ 41-14 romp over Clarion Saturday. West Chester (10-1) enters the D2 Super Region 1 playoffs as a No. 3 seed and will host American International College Saturday in the first round.

EAST STROUDSBURG

Sophomore DB Jon Neiman (Boyertown) had one tackle in the Warriors’ 37-20 loss to Mercyhurst. ESU finishes at 7-4.

DIVISION I

RUTGERS

Starting sophomore RG Chris Muller (Boyertown) helped the Scarlet Knights (5-4) post 357 yards of offense in a 52-17 loss to Cincinnati.

WEST VIRGINIA

Redshirt sophomore DB Terrell Chestnut (Pottsgrove) came up with 2 tackles but the Mountaineers (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) fell to Kansas 31-19. The loss officially ends West Virginia’s run of 11 straight bowl appearances.

NORTHWESTERN

Redshirt freshman WR Andrew Scanlan (Spring-Ford) assisted on one tackle while playing on special teams during the Wildcats’ 27-19, triple-overtime loss to Michigan. The loss was the sixth straight for Northwestern (4-6, 0-6 Big Ten), which had opened the season with four wins.

NAVY

Junior FB Maika Polamalu (Pottsgrove) saw playing time in the Midshipmen’s 42-14 victory over South Alabama Saturday. The win locks up a berth in the Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Tex., for Navy (6-4), which will face the third place team from the Mountain West Conference. The Midshipmen, who meet San Jose State Friday and Army Dec. 14 to conclude their regular season, are 3-6 in nine bowl appearances since 2003.

DIVISION III

DELAWARE VALLEY

Starting senior LT William Carter (Pottstown) created plenty of space for his Aggies’ offensive teammates, who rang up 632 yards in a 50-28 victory over Widener Saturday. Del Val (7-3), which hosts Franklin and Marshall Saturday for the ECAC championship, also got a strong performance from sophomore LB Rashaad Lighty (Pottstown), who finished with 3 tackles (1.5 TFL) and a sack. Sophomore kicker Ryan O’Hara (Spring-Ford) converted all four of his PAT attempts for the Pride (6-4).

FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL

Starting sophomore LT Ryan Ignatovig (Pope John Paul II) anchored an O-line that helped produce 303 rushing yards (462 total) in a 36-26 triumph over Gettysburg Saturday. Senior LB Tyler Pollick (St. Pius X) assisted on a tackle for the Diplomats (4-6) who play for the ECAC title Saturday at Delaware Valley College. Sophomore RB Travis Andrews (Phoenixville) had one carry for 2 yards while senior Patrick McMichael (Methacton) got the start at tight end for the Bullets (5-5).

URSINUS

Sophomore DE Steve Ambs (Pottsgrove) picked up 5 tackles, senior DB Jovanni Waters (Perkiomen Valley) had two tackles and pass breakup, and senior LG Wilmer Barndt (Boyertown) got the start on the O-line as the Golden Bears (7-3) drilled Dickinson 31-0 Saturday. With Barndt’s help, Ursinus collected 336 yards of offense.

WILKES

Sophomore LB Jason Ugwu (Perkiomen Valley) posted one sack and 6 tackles (2 TFL) and sophomore DB Darrius Bookard (Pottstown) chipped in with a pair of tackles but it wasn’t enough as the Colonials fell to King’s College 35-28. Starting freshman TE Jay Thomas (Owen J. Roberts) had one catch for 19 yards for the Monarchs (6-4).

MORAVIAN

Starting junior RT Jacob McGee (Boyertown) helped the Greyhounds pick up 332 total yards in a 24-12 loss to Muhlenberg. Junior DB David Siepietowski (Boyertown) saw playing time for Moravian (2-8).