Zips Comeback Falls Short This Week Against Appalachian State

Akron, Ohio

So close yet so far for the Zips as their comeback falls short this week falling to the Appalachian State Mountaineers 45-38. The Zips fell behind early 10-0 in the first quarter but came back with 14 unanswered points. Then the Mountaineers scored 21 unanswered for themselves. The Zips would only get it as close as 7 for the rest of the game. The Zips could not stop Jalin Moore who picked up 257 yards on the ground with 2 long touchdown runs. The Zips defense had 2 fourth down stops and a critical third down stop late in the game but the Offensive could not move the ball and that was the end of the game for the Zips. The Zips piled up 486 yards of offense but it was not enough to get past the Mountaineers.

Three plays into the game, Thomas Woodson tried to do deep and his pass was intercepted by Appalachian State defensive back Clifton Duck. This came after two nice pass plays to open up the game for the Zips.

After the interception App St moves the ball right down the field and score on a 6 yard pass from Taylor Lamb to Deltron Hopkins. The drive was 10 plays and App St went 64 yards.

After the touchdown, Akron’s drive stalled and on App states pursuing drive, they drove down the field again, but this drive led to a field goal, putting the score at 10-0 heading into the second quarter. That scoring drive was 13 plays and covered 57 yards and the field goal was from 34 yards out.

To start the second quarter, the Zips drove right down the field, highlighted by a Jerome Lane 35 yard reception down the sideline. The Zips scored on a 14 yard pass play from Woodson to Lane to cut the lead to 10-7. The Zips went 75 yards on 4 plays on that drive.

On App St. next drive they fumbled on a 3rd and 1 and Akron recovered the ball. The ball was recovered by Brennan Williams. The Zips then marched right down the field for a touchdown. A.J Coney with the touchdown reception from 23 yards out. The drive was 6 plays for 57 yards. And the Zips with the lead at 14-10.

Appalachian State answered with a touchdown of their own on their next possession. On a 6 play 72 yards it was capped off with a 36 yard touchdown pass from Taylor Lamb to tightend Levi Duffield. The Mountaineers retook the lead 17-14.

On Akron’s next drive Woodson threw his second interception of the game. The ball was picked off by Mondo Williams. Woodson was trying to get the ball to Lane on the play and the Mountaineers retake possession and on the first play of the drive Taylor Lamb threw his third touchdown of the game to Zy Letman. It was a 37 yard touchdown pass and reception. App State extended their lead to 24-14.

To close out the first half, App St drove down the field after an Akron punt, and scored on a Taylor Lamb 1 yard touchdown run to put the Mountaineers up 31-14. It was a 9 play 93 yard drive.

At the half Appalachian State out gained Akron 360 yards to 248. Thomas Woodson is 15/21 for 181 yards with 2 touchdowns but he has also thrown two picks as well. Van Edwards has 3 carries for 37 yards and Jerome Lane has 4 catches for 79 yards and 1 touchdown. For Appalachian State, Their quarterback Taylor Lamb went 13/19 for 214 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jalin Moore is their leading rusher with 106 yards.

To open up the second half of the game, the Zips would stop the Mountaineers on 4th and 1 at the Zips 36 yard line. After the defensive stop, the Zips went 8 plays and it covered 55 yards and it resulted in a Tom O’Leary 26 yard field goal. Cutting into the Mountaineers lead 31-17.

In response, Appalachian States drove right down the field and scored on a Jalin Moore 49 yard touchdown run. It was a 4 play 72 yard drive to re-push the lead for App State to 38-17.

The Zips then responded with a touchdown of their own. After a long 10 play 75 yard drive, that was helped with some penalties by the Mountaineers the Zips scored on a Van Edwards 6 yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 38-24.

To start the 4th quarter, Akron stops the Mountaineers again on 4th and 1, this time on their own 39 yard line. On the first play after the 4th down stop, Woodson connected with Michael Traylor Bennett for a 25 yard gain. Then a few plays later Woodson found JoJo Natson for a 5 yard touchdown pass in the back corner of the endzone to cut the lead to 7, the Zips trailed 38-31 with 12 minutes left in the 4th quarter. The scoring drive was a 7 play 61 yard drive.

Jalin Moore struck again, on a 3rd down and 2 play, Moore goes 35 yards and gave the Mountaineers a 45-31 lead with 8:45 left to go in the game. The drive went 65 yards in 8 plays.

On 4th and goal from the one, Michael Traylor Bennett took it in and put the Zips back within 7. The drive was helped out by a long Van Edwards run which went 38 yards and a horsecollar tackle by an Appalachian State defender put the ball even closer. It was a 6 play 65 yard drive. Putting the score at 45-38 with 6 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter.

The Mountaineers where driving when Akron stopped them on 3rd and short, forcing the first Appalachian State punt of the game. Akron would take over at their own 20 yard line, with 2:12 left.

Akron would then turn the ball over on 4 plays, giving Appalachian State the ball at their own 14 with 1:06 left to go in the game. Woodson was sacked 2 times out of the 4 plays Akron had.

Appalachian State would kneel to end the game giving them the 45-38 victory, moving their record to 2-2 while Akron would drop to 2-2 as well.

Akron finished with 486 yards of total offense. Thomas Woodson finished the game with 353 yard passing on 31 of 43 passes with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Van Edwards was the leading rusher for the Zips, picking up 89 yards on 7 carries. Receiving was led by Jerome Lane, he caught 9 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, while JoJo Natson added another 87 yards on 10 catches.

For Appalachian State they had 587 yards of total offense. Their charge was led by running back Jalin Moore who picked up 257 yards on 39 carries and 2 long touchdowns. Taylor Lamb added 280 yards through the air on 22/30 passes. Shaedon Meadors was the leading receiver with 51 yards on 4 catches.

The Zips open MAC play next week as they travel to Kent State to take on the Golden Flashes. Kickoff is set for 3:30.

 

NFL Picks Week One

Week one of the NFL season kicked off this past weekend, and once again the WZIP sports team made their predictions prior to the start of each game. Here are the results:

Ben Thomas 11-5
Matt Parrish 10-6
Isaiah Houde 10-6
Jake Allen 9-7
Rocco Nuosci 9-7
Khalil Smith 9-7
Cami Justice 9-7
Cullen Perdue 9-7
Nick Jordan 9-7
Cortez Grayson 9-7
Clay Wyers 8-8
David Rodriguez

Ben Thomas takes the week one crown, as he made his first picks for the WZIP sports team. He stuck pretty close to the favorites, and that pushed him to the top of the week one standings. “The NFL can be so unpredictable”, Thomas said, “it’s hard to get even half of the games right. I feel lucky to get 11 in a week”.

Week one of the NFL featured such upsets as Denver beating Carolina with a first time quarterback, the Lions upsetting the Colts in their first game since Calvin Johnson retired, and the 49ers shutting down the Rams in their first game calling Los Angeles home.

It was the first time making predictions for several on the sports team, including Thomas, Nick Jordan, Isaiah Houde, Matt Parrish, Camryn Justice, Cullen Perdue, and Clay Wyers. It was an overall successful week for the rookies, with three of them going at least 10-6.

In fact, out of ESPN’s “expert predictions”, only Merril Hoge recorded the same 11-5 mark as Thomas. On the other end, CBSSports’ “expert” Will Brinson went just 6-10 in his picks, worse than any WZIP sports member.

The reigning champion, Khalil Smith, was successful as well, and as always he went for some upsets. He was among several that wrongfully expected the Browns to win, as well as Washington and Atlanta. However, he was just one of four that chose the Ravens to beat the Bills.

Make sure to check in as the sports team will provide picks every week of the NFL season.

For more information, be sure to tune into Sports Power Talk every Sunday morning from 11-1, only on 88.1 WZIP.

Cleveland Browns Season Predictions

Camryn Justice

Prediction: 5-11

The Browns have new potential with RG3 as their starting quarterback and Josh Gordon returning to play. I believe there will be holes in the defense which could lead to a fragile RG3 to sit due to injury on more than one occasion. Isaiah Crowell and Terrelle Pryor should make some major plays and with Hue Jackson running the calls the Browns should improve their record from last year, although not drastically in just a year.

 

Rocco Nuosci

Browns 5-11

The Browns have something that they have not had in quite some time: play makers. And quite a few of them at that. Unfortunately, star receiver Josh Gordon will be inactive until week 5 via suspension. However, the addition of Robert Griffin III (who I still think has some juice left in the tank) and his emergence as a team captain bodes well for the Browns. The chemistry between him and former Ohio State Buckeye standout Terrelle Pryor seems to have reached a decent level, and Pryor’s sheer frame and athletic ability gives him the potential to make big plays come Sundays this year. Corey Coleman also seems to have come into his own at slot receiver, so the Browns certainly have it figured out at receiver. However, everywhere else on the team certainly has room for improvement. The offensive line is definitely at the lowest point it has been at in recent years, and the defense…well they are still plain bad. After being ranked dead last last year while being the highest paid defense in the league, there were certainly questions to be answered. The departures of Paul Kruger and Justin Gilbert certainly lifts some dead weight, and while the defense still is not where it needs to be, it has definitely moved in the right direction. While I expect another losing season and another year of no playoffs, I definitely expect to see a much more entertaining Browns team if nothing else.

 

Isaiah Houde

Browns- 4-12

The Browns are a very touchy subject in Cleveland and have a long history of saying “there’s always next year”. I do not believe that this will be the case soon, and I believe that from here on the staff and players should stay the same. This year is the first year with Hue Jackson and RG3, so there will be growing pains, but I also believe that there will be consistency with this team that will carry on. This will make it so that the quarterback and coach contest at the end of every season will be non existent, and will allow the Browns to focus on needed positions and slowly progress to be a good NFL team. With all of that said, I do not believe that this will be the year, but it will be the base of something good in years to come.  

 

Cortez Grayson

Prediction: 6-10

The Browns are starting over again, and had 14 picks in the 2016 draft, who all made the team. They will be tested as rookies and will have a big role for the Browns to perform at a high level coming straight out of college. Cleveland should win some games, but the defense will haunt them throughout the season. The offense will do well at times, with RG3 in command. He will have plenty of targets to throw to including Terrell Pryor, rookie Corey Coleman, Josh Gordon who is suspended but will return week 5. Overall the Browns will look for improvement in the rookies this season, but will look to draft more players in 2017.  

 

Ben Thomas

Prediction: 2-14

Every week this season, the Titanic (I mean the Browns) will get a little closer to making it past that glacier, but at the end of the day, they usually sink. There will be flashes where Corey Coleman makes a play, or RG3 slides to avoid a hit, but at the end of the day, someone has to be the leagues punching bag. The best thing that can happen for Cleveland is having two top five picks next year and zero players making TMZ headlines.

 

Cullen Perdue

Prediction: 3-13

With a lot of young talent and inexperience, the Browns will struggle at times this season. They have some talent, mostly on the offensive side with Corey Coleman, Duke Johnson, Terrell Pryor and the returning Josh Gordon. The offensive will have some big plays and put up some points but the defensive will struggle. With no elite pass rusher and questionable defensive backs, the Browns will be giving up a bunch of yards. They will steal a game or two just by out scoring there opponents. With a record like this they should be in the running for the number one overall pick in the 2017 draft.

 

Jake Allen

Prediction: 3-13

The additions of Hue Jackson, RG3, and an excellent rookie draft class (including first round wide receiver Corey Coleman) add plenty of excitement for the future, but this current Browns club has a ton of holes. The defense may be even worse than they were last season. After losing Tashon Gipson and Donte Whitner, the safety duo of Jordan Poyer and Ibraheim Campbell is easily the worst in the league. Joe Haden and Tramon Williams form a formidable duo when healthy, but the position lacks depth. The team cut linebackers Karlos Dansby and Paul Kruger, let Craig Robinson leave for free agency, and traded Barkevious Mingo to New England, and signed Demario Davis from New York.  Davis will slot in with Christian Kirksey in the middle of the 3-4 defense. Youngsters Emmanuel Ogbah, Joe Schobert, and Nate Orchard look to provide a pass rush from the outside, with only Orchard recording a sack in his NFL career. The defensive line features last season’s first round pick Danny Shelton with Xavier Cooper and John Hughes. Expect to see a lot of reserve Carl Nassib on passing situations, after setting the all-time sack mark for Penn State. The defensive line will be a big factor to the Browns improving their porous run defense.

The offense lost Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz on the offensive line, as well as receiver Travis Benjamin. However, the team made improvements around the receiver group, and expect growth in running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. The offense won’t be a big problem for the Browns this season, and it will even be able to make up for a terrible defense to win three games. Cleveland will once again fight for the number one draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

 

Matt Parrish

The Browns will have a better year than expected I believe. With a returning Josh Gordon in the early mid season, Pryor, Coleman, and Barnstar, RGIII actually has some targets to hit giving us a much more balanced offense. If RGIII can stay healthy all year then this record could even go up. I’m still going to count us losing 5 games by 3 or less points. Let’s see if the Browns can play 4 full quarters this year. If they can he might even hit a wildcard spot. I know I’m talking crazy, but 2016 has a different feel in Cleveland than previous years. Our running game is still questionable, and mediocre at best, so the offensive line really needs to step up and block for Crowell, Duke Johnson, and RGIII.

 

 

NFL Season Predictions

Jake Allen:

NFC East- Dallas Cowboys

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Cards- Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars

Super Bowl: Green Bay vs. New England

Champion: Green Bay Packers

 

Cullen Perdue:

NFC East- New York Giants

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts

AFC West- Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Cards- Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders

Super Bowl- Green Bay vs. New England

Champion- Green Bay Packers

 

Cortez Grayson:

NFC East- New York Giants

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wild Cards- Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts

AFC West- Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Cards- Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl- Carolina vs. New England

Champions: Carolina Panthers

 

Ben Thomas

NFC East- Washington Redskins

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Houston Texans

AFC West- Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Cards- Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders

Super Bowl- New England vs. Arizona

Champion- New England Patriots

 

Nick Jordan

NFC East- Dallas Cowboys

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Houston Texans

AFC West- Oakland Raiders

AFC Wild Cards- Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars

Super Bowl- New England vs. Arizona

Champion- New England Patriots

 

Isaiah Houde

NFC East- New York Giants

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Houston Texans

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Cards- Denver Broncos and New York Jets

Super Bowl- New England vs. Arizona

Champion- New England Patriots

 

Matt Parrish

NFC East- Dallas Cowboys

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks an Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South- Houston Texans

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Cards- Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl- Carolina vs. Pittsburgh

Champion- Carolina Panthers

 

Khalil Smith

NFC East- Washington Redskins

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South- Houston Texans

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Cards- Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders

Champion- Green Bay Packers

 

David Rodriguez

NFC East- Dallas Cowboys

NFC North- Minnesota Vikings

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wild Cards- Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West- Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Cards- Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets

Super Bowl- Pittsburgh vs. Carolina

Champion- Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Clay Wyers

NFC East- Washington Redskins

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts

AFC West- Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Cards- Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets

Super Bowl- Carolina vs. Indianapolis

Champion- Carolina Panthers

 

Rocco Nuosci

NFC East- New York Giants

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Cards- Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals

Super Bowl- Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay

Champion- Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Cami Justice

NFC East- New York Giants

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wild Cards- Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West- Oakland Raiders

AFC Wild Cards- New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals

Champion- Seattle Seahawks