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PHILADELPHIA - After a week to regroup and recover following the loss to Navy, sprint football (1-1, 0-1 CSFL) will look to get back on the winning track this week against Post. Following the much needed bye week, Penn get back on the field for a Friday matinee when Post (1-1, 1-1 CSFL) comes to Franklin Field for a 3 p.m. kickoff. This will be the third consecutive home game for Penn as it opens the season with its first five games at home. For fans unable to catch the game in person, Live Video will be provided through the Penn Sports Network. Live stats will also be available.
Sprint football enters this week's game with fifth ranked offense and fourth ranked defense in the CSFL. The Quakers got out to a quick start in week one following a shutout victory over Princeton that saw the team boast one of the top offenses and defenses in the CSFL. After taking on first-place Navy, Penn will look to reestablish itself among the top teams in the conference this week.
Playing in a torrential downpour against Navy certainly did not help the Penn passing game two weeks ago, but Todd Busler comes into the game with Post throwing for 144 yards through two games. He has thrown for three touchdowns this season.
Andrew Donald currently leads the team in receptions with four catches for 61 yards. In addition to Donald, six other receivers have also caught a pass through two games. Kamil Okroj, Mike Beamish, Mathew Wetherell, and Whit Shaw have each caught two passes this season. Freddy Ordonez and Danny Reyes have each hauled in one pass each in the early portion of the season.
In addition to the passing attack, the Quakers have churned out 297 yards of offense on the ground this season. Beamish leads the Penn ground attack, pounding out 143 yards through the first two weeks. In addition to ranking third in the CSFL in total rushing yardage, he is carrying the ball an average of 7.5 yards per carry. He has one rushing touchdown. Fellow freshman Bronson Carpenter has added 62 yards rushing on 14 carries, an average of 4.4 yards per carry. The third freshman in the trio of running backs, Jeff Grimes, has 14 carries for 48 yards. Busler has also run for 46 yards this season from the quarterback position.
Defensively, Matt Cuccinello has a team-high 21 on the year, 13 of which were solo. Six and a half of Cuccinello's tackles have come behind the line of scrimmage. He has also recorded a pair of sacks. Fellow captain Anthony DiBella is second on the team in tackles with 17, including 12 solo. Jack Miller and Nick Rush have also recorded 12-plus tackles this season. Matt Pellegrino, Chris Twombly, and Antony Krumbhaar each have eight tackles on the year. Brandon Batzel has a team-high three sacks on the season, while Kai Peng recorded his first interception of the season against Navy. As a unit, Penn has recovered three fumbles.
On special teams, Shaw is averaging 22.2 yards per kickoff return and 11.1 yards per punt return. Donald has also returned two kickoffs for a total of 36 yards, an average of 18 yards per return. Peng has handled all of Penn's kickoffs this season and is averaging 59.1 yards per kick and has one touchback. Beamish has handled the punting duties and is averaging 33 yards per punt, including a long of 55. He has also pinned the opposition inside its own twenty twice this season.
Coming into just its second season as a program and its first as a member of the CSFL, Post's roster features 36 freshmen on the 54 man roster. The Eagles offense comes into the game Friday averaging 164 yards of offense per game. They are led by quarterback Erich Broadrick. As a freshman, Broadrick has thrown for 221 yards this season and one touchdown.
Broadrick's favorite receiving target so far has been Daniel Awwad, who has seven catches for 65 yards this season. Tony Simpson, four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown, along with Rashaun Reid, four catches for a team-high 84 receiving yards provide the freshman more targets at the wide out position. Rashawn Hendricks leads the team in rushing with 33 carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Dashawn Wingate has also carried the ball 15 times this season, averaging 2.3 yards per touch.
Defensively, the Eagles are allowing just over 300 yards per game after their 37-0 loss to Navy where they allowed nearly 450 yards of offense to the Midshipman. Kyle Lagasse has a team-high 20 tackles, 12 solo. The Eagles defense has also recorded 15 tackles for loss, including four sacks through the first two games. Justin Valezquez has two of Post's four interceptions this season. In addition to the four interceptions, the Eagles have recovered six fumbles for turnovers.
A season ago, Penn played Post in the Eagles' first ever sprint football game. The Quakers won 42-14 in what was a non-conference game with Post just joining the CSFL for the 2010 season. Busler threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns in that contest a year ago, while Shaw hauled in 129 of those yards through the air for one touchdown. Cuccinello was a stand-out on defense as he recorded six tackles, including two and a half sacks in that game.
Penn will be looking for a similar performance this Friday afternoon as the Quakers look to even up their record and move up in the CSFL standings.