PHILADELPHIA – The home portion of the 2013 sprint football season concludes for Penn on Friday night (7 p.m.) against archrival Princeton at Franklin Field, and the Quakers will be honoring 11 players who have dedicated many hours to the sprint football program as part of Senior Night.
Penn is looking to bounce back after a 43-12 loss at Post last weekend. The defeat in Waterbury, Conn. has the Quakers sitting at 2-3 overall this season. At home, Penn is 1-1.
The Red and Blue lead the CSFL in total offense to this point in the season, averaging 394.8 yards-per-game. Friday’s opponent, Princeton, is last in the CSFL with 215.2 yards-per-game. A majority of both teams’ offense comes through the air. Penn is second in the CSFL in passing offense, averaging 244.8 yards-per-game in the air. Princeton is right behind with 223.6 yards-per-game to rank third.
Two of the top four passers in the CSFL will line up under center on Friday. Mike McCurdy is third among all League passers with 176.6 yards passing-per-game. His nine passing touchdowns are third among all CSFL signal callers. For the Tigers, Chad Cowden is fourth in yardage average at 157.6, and sixth in touchdowns with six.
Where the Quakers could take control of the game is on the ground. Penn is fourth in the CSFL in rushing offense, averaging a respectable 150.0 yards-per-game. Princeton, on the other hand, is last among the eight schools. Over 117 rushing attempts, Princeton as totaled -42 yards – which includes a long rush on the season of 20 yards. Mike Beamish has been carrying the bulk of the workload for the Quakers, with 481 yards rushing this season. His average of 96.2 yards-per-game is third in the CSFL. He enters Friday’s game with 1,868 career rushing yards for the Quakers – 132 yards away from becoming the sixth 2,000-yard rusher in program history.
Prior to Friday’s game, Penn will honor its 11 graduating seniors. This group has won 18 CSFL games over its four years together, including a 7-1 record in 2010 en route to a CSFL championship.
A two-time All-CSFL honoree at placekicker, Michael Bass has connected on eight field goals and 43 PATs during his career. In addition, he has caught 27 passes as a tight end, with four career touchdowns. This year against Mansfield, Bass caught three touchdown passes to earn CSFL Player of the Week honors.
A two-time All-CSFL selection at wide receiver, Andrew Donald has returned to the lineup after missing almost all of 2012 with injury. This season, he has seven receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. He enters tonight with 50 career catches for 729 yards and eight touchdowns. His 729 receiving yards rank seventh all-time at Penn.
An offensive lineman, Howerton has appeared in five career games for the Quakers.
Twice named honorable mention All-CSFL at wide receiver, Freddy Ordonez has caught 25 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. His 173 receiving yards this season are more than his career total entering the season.
A second-team All-CSFL linebacker last season, Matt Pellegrino has appeared in 20 games for the Red and Blue. He has 78 career tackles, including two sacks and six tackles for loss. He has recovered four fumbles in his career.