PHILADELPHIA - Coming off an offensive heavyweight fight last Friday night up in West Point, sprint football will look to close out the 2011 campaign strong this Friday at 7 p.m. when it travels to Princeton (0-6, 0-5 CSFL) for the season finale. This contest will count towards the standings as the official CSFL league game between the two schools. Earlier this season, Penn played Princeton in non-conference action and came away with the 34-0 victory at Franklin Field.
Last week, the Quakers racked up a season-high 520 yards of offense in the loss to Army, but just could not hold the CSFL's top-ranked offense at bay in the 58-44 loss at West Point. Despite the loss, Penn (4-2, 3-2 CSFL) has wrapped up third place in the CSFL standings and can take home the William R. Wagner trophy outright with another win over Princeton this Friday.
After totaling a season high in yardage, Penn jumped up to the second-ranked offense in the CSFL. Todd Busler just continues to cap off his Penn career with impressive performances. In the past two weeks, Busler has thrown for a total of 788 yards, which was good enough for the second and third best passing performances in program history. For the season, Busler has thrown for 1401 yards and 16 touchdowns. Both of these marks are the second-best in the league.
Mathew Wetherell also continues to impress. He leads the team with 383 yards receiving. He has 20 receptions this season and four touchdowns, while averaging a team-best 19.1 yards per catch. Andrew Donald owns the team-high in receptions (23) and touchdowns (5). He has 308 yards receiving. Kamil Okroj caught a career-high three touchdowns last week against Army. He also had his first 100-yard receiving game of his career. He has 18 receptions for 331 yards this year.
Whit Shaw has caught 20 passes for 260 yards this season and has two touchdowns. He is leading the team in all-purpose yardage; averaging 156.2 yards per game in the five games he has seen action. Coming out of the backfield, Mike Beamish has added 14 catches for 83 yards in the air. Freddy Ordonez has caught a pass in three straight games and now has five catches for 38 yards. Danny Reyes also has one reception this season.
With the success throwing the ball a week ago, Beamish saw just 14 carries in the game against Army, but managed 4.2 yards per carry to finish the night with 60 yards. He has 589 yards rushing this season, second best in the league, and is averaging 112 yards all-purpose yards per game this season. He has also found the end zone four times. Fellow freshman running back Jeff Grimes is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has 20 rushes for 94 yards this season. Busler has added 168 yards rushing, including a game-high 70 yards against Army. He has run for five touchdowns this season.
In addition to his production on the offensive side of the ball, Shaw was named Special Teams Players of the Week for the second consecutive week following his performance against Army. He has returned 15 kickoffs for a total of 421 yards; averaging 28.1 yards per return. He has accumulated more than 100 kickoff return yards in three different games this season. He is also averaging over 10 yards per punt return on his eight attempts. Ordonez got his first chance to return kicks last weekend and was impressive from the start, returning three kicks for 58 yards; averaging 19.3 yards per return.
Kicking the ball, Michael Bass is currently five for eight this season on field goal attempts after making a 30-yard field goal against Army. His longest field goal this season has been 32 yards. He is also 17 of 21 on extra points this season. Beamish punted four times against Army for an average of 37.2 yards, while also pinning Army inside its own 20 once. For the season, he is averaging 34.7 yards per punt and has two that went over 50 yards. Of his 24 punts, he has put six punts inside the 20 and has forced three fair catches. Kai Peng has kicked off 27 times this season and is averaging 55.5 yards per kickoff.
Defensively, Anthony DiBella made a team-high 14 tackles, seven solo. He is now third on the team with 46 tackles. The game against Army was the first time all season that Matt Cuccinello did not lead the team in tackles. Cuccinello still managed to stand out defensively; making 12 tackles, six solo. He has made 10-plus tackles in every game this season. He leads the CSFL with 69 tackles. Jack Miller is currently second on the team with 43 tackles. A total of 14 players have recorded 10-plus tackles this season. Chris Twombly has made 36 stops, while Alexander Starr has 31 tackles. Nick Rush has been in on 28 tackles and Kai Peng has 24 tackles this season.
Rolando Lyles and Antony Krumbhaar each have 17 stops this season, while Brandon Batzel has 16 and Matt Pellegrino has made 15 tackles. Hassan Siddiqui (14 tackles), Justin Bass (13), and Carl Wittig (11) round out the Penn contingent with 10-plust tackles this season. Batzel has a team-high four sacks, while Cuccinello and Siddiqui each have three and a half sacks. Starr has two sacks this season and Miller and Wittig each have one sack. Starr is also tied for the league lead with four interceptions heading into the final weekend of play.
For the Tigers offense, Kevin Infante has received a heavy workload in 2011. He has carried the ball 118 times for 171 yards. He is averaging over 23 carries per game. Jais Zachariah has thrown for 545 yards and one touchdown this season. Kees Thompson has been his favorite receiver. Thompson has 17 receptions for 173 yards. Nicolas Lulli has made 12 catches for a team-high 198 yards receiving, while John Martin has 11 receptions for 83 yards. John Wolfe has the only receiving touchdown.
Thirteen players have made at least 10 tackles this season for Princeton. John Moffit has a team-high 49 tackles. Moffit is tied with a Atraya Dixit and John Wolfe with a team-high three tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Zack Sobel leads the team with one and a half sacks, while Moffit and Dixit each have two interceptions.
In the first meeting this year, Penn took down the Tigers 34-0 in the season opener for both squads. In the opening game, Penn racked up 436 yards of offense, but was constantly hurting itself with 13 penalties, totaling 107 yards. Beamish ran for 139 yards and one touchdown, while Busler threw for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Donald had two touchdown receptions, while Shaw came down with the other.
Defensively, Penn held the Tigers to just 173 yards of offense, including a rushing total of negative one yard. Zachariah threw for 174 yards against Penn, but was sacked six times. Thompson and Lulli each had 70-plus yards receiving in that first contest.