PHILADELPHIA – Sprint Football makes its 2013 regular season debut at Franklin Field on Friday night as Penn hosts Mansfield in a Keystone State showdown during Week 2 of the CSFL season.
The Quakers (0-1) are 5-0 all-time against Mansfield (1-0) and have won all three meetings with Mountaineers at Franklin Field. Friday’s tilt will be the third in a row held in University City, Penn looking to move to .500 in CSFL play for 2013.
Last year, the Quakers needed a 20-yard field goal from Kai Peng with 1:02 remaining to hold off Mansfield, 16-13. The Red and Blue dialed up nine quarterback sacks during the game, while also hampering the Mountaineer rushing attack to just 23 yards on 28 carries. On the flip side, Penn rushed for 201 yards – including 123 from Mike Beamish.
Last weekend, Penn went ahead early at defending CSFL champion Army, but the Black Knights scored 21 unanswered points in the middle stages of the game to pull away for an eventual 35-12 win. Quarterback Keith Braccia was efficient in the air, completing 16 of 28 passes for 244 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Both of his scoring strikes were long bombs – going for 66 and 40 yards, respectively – as Penn seemed to transition into the post-Whit Shaw era nicely. Five different players caught passes for the Quakers, led by Michael Bass who had five catches for 63 yards.
Defensively, Robert Dioro was busy as the freshman came up with 10 solo tackles in his first collegiate game. Stu Helgeson and Nick Rush were also factors, each with six solo tackles in the secondary.
The Mountaineers knocked off Princeton, 24-14, in the program’s first night game in 121 years to open the 2013 season, impressing a CSFL-record crowd of 6,223 fans.
Mansfield ran right at the Tigers, gaining 231 total yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Jeremy Estremer had 120 yards rushing on 24 carries, finding the endzone twice. Quarterback Ben Pepper ran for 80 yards while attempting just 14 passes. He was good on six attempts for 77 yards.