PHILADELPHIA – Penn travels to Annapolis on Friday to conclude its 2013 sprint football season, taking on Navy at 7 p.m. The Quakers enter the game with a 3-3 record and will look to end 2013 with a winning record. Navy is 5-1 this season, and a win will secure sole possession of second place in the Collegiate Sprint Football League.
Penn brings the CSFL’s to passing offense (262.7 yards-per-game) to the contest, while Navy leads all CSFL teams in rushing (208.0 yards-per-game) to this point in the season. Penn’s top-flight aerial attack will face its stiffest challenge of the season Friday Night as Navy has allowed the fewest yards passing of any team in the CSFL with 803, an average of 160.6 per game. Mike McCurdy will lead the Quakers into the game, looking to claim the CSFL’s passing yardage title for 2013. He currently is third among League quarterbacks with 1,235 passing yards – 234 behind Army’s James Wartski. McCurdy has 13 touchdown passes this season, tied with Wartski for most in the CSFL.
The League's second and third ranked running backs will line up in the backfield Friday night. Navy’s Corey Garcia is second with an average of 111.8 rushing yards-per-game. He is averaging 4.7 yards-per-rush and has four touchdowns this season. For Penn, Mike Beamish is third with 96.5 rushing yard-per-game. He averages 5.7 yards-per-rush and is fourth in the League with five rushing touchdowns.
The Quakers are coming off a 72-29 win over Princeton which saw the Red and Blue score 35 unanswered points after the Tigers took an early 6-0 lead. The Quakers amassed 576 yards of total offense, including a 224-70 edge in rushing yards. McCurdy threw for 352 yards and four touchdowns, spreading his completions around to six different receivers. Andrew Donald was his favorite target, catching five passes for 119 yards. Brendan Dale caught three passes for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Mike Beamish had half of Penn’s carries, rushing 16 times for 98 yards and three touchdowns.
Penn will look to carry over a strong defensive effort which saw eight tackles for loss, two sacks and nine pass breakups. Stu Helgeson was in on 10 tackles, making eight solo stops. His 51 tackles are fifth among all CSFL defenders and his 37 solo tackles lead the League. Navy’s Matt Piotrowicz is third in the CSFL with 32 solo tackles.