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Zulli lands PSAC Offensive Player of the Week


By Sam Stewart, For 21st Century Media

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Senior quarterback Zach Zulli (Perkiomen Valley) of Shippensburg University was named the PSAC Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 3 afternoon by the conference office after throwing for five touchdowns and a season-high 466 yards in a primetime nationally televised 34-18 road upset at No. 5 Bloomsburg on Oct. 31 evening.
Zulli finished 31-for-39 in passing as his yardage total was the fifth-highest single-game total in school history. He threw touchdown strikes of 84, 75, 38, 31 and 27 yards.
The defending Harlon Hill Trophy winner, as the outstanding Division II player, was nearly flawless at the start, beginning the game 17-of-18 passing with only incompletion a deflected interception at the end of SU’s opening drive.
In the victory, Zulli became the sixth player in PSAC history to reach 10,000 career passing yards (10,377) and the fifth player in conference history with 11,000 yards of total offense (11,063). Zulli’s five passing scores put him in sole possession of sixth in Division II history with 117 in his career.
Zulli currently leads the PSAC in completions (233), attempts (381) and passing touchdowns (29) and ranks second in passing yards (2,900).
The weekly award is Zulli’s second of the season and ninth of his career.
Bloomsburg’s Ezra Ranco (Perkiomen Valley) made three tackles in the contest.
Division I
Ryan Brumfield (Chester Springs, Owen J. Roberts) ran for a team-high 67 yards on 17 carries as Eastern Michigan fell to Toledo, 55-16.
Northwestern’s Andrew Scanlan (Spring-Ford) saw action as the Wildcats dropped a heartbreaker to Nebraska on a last-second Hail Mary pass.
Division II
Kayo Bakare (Perkiomen Valley) had one tackle in West Chester’s 66-14 dismantling of Cheyney.
The No. 8-ranked Golden Rams host No. 15 Bloomsburg at Farrell Stadium on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. The Huskies’ roster includes defensive tackle Chris Kennedy (Phoenixville, Archbishop Carroll) and Ranco.
Division III
Offensive lineman Aaron Cummins (Spring-Ford) and Lebanon Valley College have caught the eye of the national pollsters. After reeling off six straight wins, including a dramatic overtime victory at Delaware Valley in Doylestown, Lebanon Valley earned the first national ranking in program history at No. 25 in the newest D3football.com poll.
The Dutchmen (7-1, 6-1 MAC) sit in first place in the Middle Atlantic Conference after the Nov. 2 win and could earn a share of their first MAC title in 44 years with a win over Stevenson on Nov. 9. An LVC win, combined with a King’s win over Widener, would also clinch an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Lebanon Valley, which is located in Annville near Hershey, had never been nationally ranked, but had been receiving votes since Week 6 this season. With 39 votes, the Dutchmen entered this week’s poll at No. 25 as the only MAC team receving votes. They are the fourth different MAC team - along with Widener, Delaware Valley and Lycoming - to be nationally rarnked this fall.
Junior defensive back Matt Glowacki (Spring-Ford) finishd the day with 15 tackles, but Ursinus fell to Johns Hopkins, 24-18, on Nov. 2 in Baltimore. Steve Ambs (Pottsgrove) also had a solid day on defense with six tackles, .5 tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.
Ryan Ignatovig (Pope John Paul II) played a key role on the offensive line, and Tyler Pollick (Pope John Paul II) blocked a punt as Franklin & Marshall escaped with a 41-36 victory over Susquehanna in Centennial Conference action. The Diplomats improved to 5-3 (5-2 CC) while the Crusaders fell to 1-7 (1-6 CC). Pollick also made two tackles.
Sophomore Ryan O’Hara (Spring-Ford) booted a 27-yard field goal, but Widener fell to Albright, 33-19.
Hank Coyne (Spring-Ford) ran the ball once for 11 yards in Juniata’s 42-11 victory over McDaniel.