By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG -- When you run out of words in the thesaurus to describe the football skills of Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh, you know you're watching a very special player.
Quiteh's career-long 82-yard run in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title game victory against Slippery Rock on Nov. 16, was just another day at the office for the Harlon Hill Trophy candidate.
The school's and PSAC's all-time leading rusher (7,315 yards) will look to add to his total as the No. 11 Huskies (10-1) return to action at noon Saturday at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium for the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Huskies host PSAC East foe and 17th-ranked West Chester.
It's the third playoff meeting between the two teams and the first since 2008. Bloomsburg has won four straight over West Chester and is 2-0 all-time against the Rams in the playoffs.
Saturday's winner advances to the Super Regional 1 final on Dec. 7 to play the winner of No. 9 Winston-Salem (N.C.) State (which beat No. 20 Slippery Rock last week) and top-seeded Shepherd University.
The Golden Rams (11-1) defeated American International, 38-7, in last week's opening-round playoff game. The only loss for West Chester came at home on Nov. 9 to Bloomsburg.
In their playoff win, West Chester's senior Rondell While broke the school's rushing record which stands at 4,062 yards entering Saturday's game. White, who, like Quiteh, is on the national ballot for the Harlon Hill Trophy, is second to Quiteh on the PSAC's career all-purpose yards list with 7,243.
"I think there are two similar points to their game," Bloomsburg interim head coach Paul Darragh said. "They have the ability to make players miss and their durability is very impressive."
White is the first player in PSAC history to rush for more than 4,000 yards, gain more than 2,000 receiving yards and return kickoffs for more than 1,000 yards in a career.
"The difference is Franklyn has good hands, we just don't use him in the passing game like West Chester uses White," Darragh added. "You have to know where Rondell is in the passing game as he is very good as a receiver."
West Chester head coach Bill Zwaan said that both backs have very good vision and they have good speed.
"Franklyn is a little bit bigger than Rondell and more physical; he can shake off a tackler," he said.
In the game at West Chester that decided the PSAC East title, White ran for 88 yards on 21 carries while Quiteh rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. Bloomsburg had 572 yards of offense (310 rushing) on Nov. 9 compared to 375 for West Chester.
"We are going into Saturday's game with the expectations to play them better than we did a couple of weeks ago," Zwaan said. "We were disappointed that we didn't play our best game of football in the biggest game of the year."