PHILADELPHIA - Nothing was going to stand in the way of Navy's sprint football bid for revenge against Penn on Friday night. The Midshipmen (2-0, 1-0 CSFL) were set on exacting some revenge from last year's 24-14 loss and they got just that in the form of a 56-0 victory. Nothing could stop the Navy offense, whether it was Penn's defense that allowed negative one yard rushing a week ago or the torrential downpour that drenched the crowd in attendance.
The Midshipmen churned out 448 yards offensively, with 389 of those yards coming in the ground game on the rain-soaked Franklin Field. Reigning CSFL Offensive Player of the Week David Williams once again made a strong push for that honor as he ran for 219 yards on 24 carries, averaging 9.1 yards per carry and finding the end zone on four different occasions. For the Midshipmen, Marty Meehan added 64 yards rushing on five carries and Denzel Reina also carried the ball eight times for 47 yards.
With the rainy conditions, the passing game was extremely limited. The Quakers held the Navy passing game to just 59 passing yards on the night, but that was more than overcome by the staggering rushing total. Navy got out to a quick start with back-to-back touchdown drives capped by William's touchdown plunges. It would score again right before the half on a Meehan run, making the score 21-0 heading into the break.
Just like the first half, Navy would score back-to-back touchdowns on its first two drives of the second half. After a Penn hold on the third drive of the half, Navy put it in one more time in the third to go up 42-0. It would then cap off the night with two more touchdowns in the final five minutes of play.
For Penn, the Quakers offense was held to just five yards of total offense on the night, including being held to negative 11 yards rushing. Mike Beamish caught two passes from Todd Busler on the night for a total of 16 yards. In addition to carrying the ball and catching it out of the backfield, Beamish was busy on special teams as well. He punted 11 times and put Navy inside of its own 20 twice. He also had one punt that went 55 yards which was his season long.
On special teams, Whit Shaw had six kickoff returns for a total of 133 yards, including a 44-yard return in the closing minutes to try and prevent the shutout. Andrew Donald also returned two kicks for 36 total yards.
Defensively, Matt Cuccinello led the team with 11 tackles on the night, four of them solo efforts. Nick Rush (10 total tackles) and Jack Miller (nine total tackles) also had seven solo tackles on the evening. The Quakers also had three sacks for the game and one interception. Carl Wittig, Brandon Batzel, and Miller all had sacks for the game, while Kai Peng had an interception in Penn's defensive end zone to prevent another touchdown from being scored.
The bye week for Penn could not have come at a better time as the Quakers will have two weeks to regroup and learn from this game against one of the premier teams in the sprint football league. They will be back in action October 7 when they host Post in a 3 p.m. kickoff at Franklin Field. This will be the third of five straight home games that Penn has to start the season.
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