5-0, and Just Getting Started

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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Houston Rockets this past Tuesday with a season high, 128 points. With this win, they started the season off 4-0 for the first time in the past 16 years. Last night the Cavaliers grinded out a solid team win against the Boston Celtics, and enhanced their record to an emphatic 5-0. This is the first time that the Cavaliers have accomplished this in 40 years, and they do not plan on stopping yet. LeBron James led the team last night with a near triple double, and the game high 30 points. He was two points way from passing Hakeem Olajuwan for the 10th all time leader in points. Tristan Thompson continued his dominance with 15 points, and 14 rebounds. Another player that has kept his streak of authority alive, was Kyrie Irving who scored 23 and tossed 6 dimes along with it.

The Cavaliers shot a collective 61% from the three-point arc in the first half, and an impressive 41% by the end of the game. The one thing that the Cavaliers need to work on is the 1 on 1 defense, and they need to create more turnovers. This was an issue that was discussed with coach, Tyronn Lue during the post game press conference, and one thing that will have to be tweaked to stop the elite teams. With all that being said, the Cavs just ended a 3 game home stand and are back on the road this Saturday, November 5th against the Philadelphia 76ers.  For more information on the Cavaliers, make sure that you stay updated with our website, and we will continue to bring all of the Cavs stats and info that you need.

This is a short post-game soundbite from Kyrie Irving, talking about team chemistry and the Golden State Warriors.

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Zips beat Miami in Homecoming Game, 35-13

The University of Akron football team beat the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks on Saturday by a score of 35-13, in the Zips’ Homecoming Game.

The win improves the Zips to 4-2 on the season overall, while they are now 2-0 in conference play. The Zips are just two wins away from being Bowl Game eligible for the second straight season. Miami falls to 0-6, as they continue to rebuild their football program.

In the second straight game without starting quarterback Thomas Woodson, junior Tra’von Chapman led the Zips to victory. Chapman completed 15 of his 29 passes for 173 yards with three touchdowns and zero turnovers. Chapman also ran ten times for a team-high 80 yards with another score.

The Zips’ running backs were held in check for the first time this season, as Manny Morgan and Van Edwards combined for just 38 yards on 19 total carries.

Jojo Natson dominated in the passing game once again, catching seven passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Also, Jerome Lane had two catches for 14 yards, Van Edwards had two catches for 22 yards, and Austin Wolf caught one pass for 24 yards and one touchdown.

Daumantas Venckus and Brock Boxen recorded one sack each for the Zips, while budding star Ulysees Gilbert led the Zips with nine tackles. Akron got big interceptions from Larry Hope, Kyron Brown, and Nathan Bischof.

Following a Redhawks drive that resulted in a 28-yard field goal, the Zips’ offense got off to a great start, as Chapman ran for 70 yards to the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the season.

After recording a defensive stop, the Zips came right back with another touchdown to push the score to 14-3. The score came off a 24-yard pass from Chapman to Austin Wolf.

Chapman came back halfway through the second quarter with a 22-yard touchdown to stud receiver Jojo Natson, who was wide open down the right sideline. The Zips lead 21-6 at the half after Miami’s 24-yard field goal with just over three minutes left.

 

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Akron struggled early in the third quarter, as they had three 3-and-outs in their first three possessions, while giving up a Miami touchdown. One positive was a Larry Hope interception, the first in his Zips’ career.

The Zips got back to business with just under four minutes left in the third quarter, when the Zips’ Nathan Bischof intercepted a Noah Wezensky pass and returned it all the way to the Miami 16-yard line.

Mykel Traylor-Bennett would pound the football into the end zone for his third touchdown in the past two weeks to give the Zips a 28-13 advantage. Akron would take that lead into the fourth quarter.

The Zips got their third interception of the game just under two minutes into the fourth quarter, as freshman Kyron Brown recorded his second career interception.

On the very next play, Chapman found Natson again for a touchdown, this time from 32 yards out to make the score 35-13 Zips. The two touchdowns give him seven total through six games this season.

Unfortunately, Natson came off the field holding his shoulder, and didn’t return to the game. It will be a big loss for the Zips if he misses any time.

The Zips would be able to stop the Redhawks the rest of the way out while they ran the clock out.

The Zips will get back at it on Saturday, October 15th when they host the 25th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos at Infocision Stadium at 3:30.

 

 

Zips Comeback Falls Short This Week Against Appalachian State

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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.


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