PHILADELPHIA - Following its most complete game of the year, sprint football will be back in front of the home crowd Friday night for one more time this season. Senior Night will see the Quakers (3-1, 2-1 CSFL) take on Cornell (2-2, 2-2 CSFL) at 7 p.m. This will not only serve as a key matchup between two schools battling for the William R. Wagner Trophy, but it will serve as the final home game in the careers of eight outgoing seniors. Todd Busler, Mike Mele, Matt Cuccinello, Mathew Wetherell, Antony Krumbhaar, Justin Bass, Brandon Batzel, and Kamil Okroj will each be honored in the pregame festivities before taking part in their final game at Franklin Field. The Penn Sports Network will be providing live video coverage of all the action. Live stats will also be available.
Penn comes into this game after winning two straight CSFL matchups against Post and Mansfield. The Quakers currently have the fourth-ranked offense in the league, turning out 340 yards per game. The Quakers are allowing 354 yards per game, fifth-best in the CSFL. With the 2-1 CSFL record, Penn enters the week in third place, just one game behind Navy and Army who are both tied for first with 3-0 league records.
Busler leads a passing attack that has really taken off in recent weeks. The senior captain has thrown for 613 yards this season, including a pair of 200 yard-plus performances in the past two weeks. He is completing 58.8 percent of his passes and was recently honored as the CSFL Offensive Player of the Week. Through four games, Busler has thrown for nine touchdowns. He is third in the league in passing yardage and tied for second in touchdown passes.
Over the course of the season, Penn has displayed a very deep group of receivers. Seven players have caught a pass this season for Penn. Wetherell, also a senior, leads the team with 14 catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Wetherell has really emerged in the past two weeks. Twelve of his catches for 182 yards and all three touchdowns have come against Post and Mansfield. His classmate, Okroj, has caught seven passes this season for a total of 135 yards and a touchdown. Against Mansfield, Okroj caught four passes for 81 yards and the touchdown.
Andrew Donald has caught nine passes for 133 yards and three scores. Despite missing last week's game, Whit Shaw has caught nine passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Freddy Ordonez caught two passes last week against Mansfield and has a total of three receptions this season. Danny Reyes has also added one reception to the receiving corps to date.
On the ground, Mike Beamish just continues to pound out the rushing yards. Beamish is still second in the CSFL in rushing yardage, gaining 445 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie campaign. He is averaging seven yards per carry this season. Busler has also run for 97 yards and four touchdowns. Three of his rushing touchdowns came last week against Mansfield. Jeff Grimes has added 93 yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry as a second option in the backfield this season.
Kai Peng has handled the majority of the kickoff duties this season. He is averaging 58.1 yards per kickoff. Beamish has handled all the punting duties so far this season. He has two punts over 50 yards and five punts that have pinned the opposition inside its own 20.
Shaw has handled four punt returns this season with a long return of 36 yards. He has also returned seven kickoffs for an average of 22.2 yards and a long a 44. Donald has returned three kicks and averaged 13.7 yards on those returns. With the absence of Shaw, Grimes returned two kicks for a total of 26 yards against Mansfield.
Defensively, Cuccinello is third in the CSFL in tackles with 46, including 33 solo. 11 players have recorded 10-plus tackles total through the first four games. Jack Miller is second on the team with 25 tackles, while Anthony DiBella has 22 and Chris Twombly has 20. Alexander Starr and Nick Rush each have 16 tackles, while Rolando Lyles and Antony Krumbhaar have 13. Peng has 12 tackles this season, while Matt Pellegrino and Justin Bass each have 11 tackles.
As a unit, the Quakers have recorded 37 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a total loss of 146 yards. Cuccinello has 11.5 tackles for loss this season, including three sacks. Batzel has five tackles for loss, including a team-high four sacks. Hassan Siddiqui also has three sacks on the year.
Starr was named CSFL Defensive Player of the Week after recording three interceptions against Mansfield. Those three picks have him second overall in the CSFL in that category. Lyles intercepted two passes against Post. Reyes, Twombly, and Peng each have one pick this season.
Cornell brings the fifth-ranked offense into Friday's contest. Its offense is averaging 302 yards per game this season. The Big Red rely very heavily on the passing game, averaging 243 of their 302 yards of offense per game through the air. Brendan Miller has seen the majority of action at quarterback this season. He is completing 57.9 percent of his pass attempts and has thrown for 833 yards and nine touchdowns, while only being intercepted once. Timothy Bruhn has also seen time under center. He has completed half of his 22 passes for 139 yards and two scores.
Four Big Red receivers enter the game with 12-plus catches. Abe Mellinger has a team-high 19 catches for 386 yards and six touchdowns. The big play threat has a long reception of 55 yards and is averaging 20-plus yards per catch. Douglas Famularo has caught 16 passes out of the backfield this season for 147 yards. Spenser Gruenenfelder has 15 receptions for 226 yards and four touchdowns, while Bruhn, in addition to playing some quarterback, has caught 12 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. In the running game, Famularo has rushed 44 times for 138 yards this season. He has one rushing touchdown and is averaging 3.1 yards per carry.
John Kedler leads the third-ranked CSFL defense with 32 tackles, 16 solo. Timothy Dooley also has 30 tackles this season, 14 solo. The Big Red has gotten to the quarterback for eight sacks this season. Cedric Ahn and Colin Lounsberry each have a pair of sacks. Michael Monahan and Kedler each have two interceptions for a defense that has picked off eight passes.
A season ago, Penn jumped out to the early 14-0 lead against Cornell with a pair of first quarter touchdowns. From there, the Quakers' defense took over and held the Big Red's offense to just four field goals in the 17-12 win.