PHILADELPHIA Rob Lombardi capped a week where he was a triple-threat running the ball with double-duty as Collegiate Sprint Football Player of the Week. Lombardi’s performance during Friday night’s 60-7 win over Princeton was good enough to be named both Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week for week 4 of the CSFL season.
Lombardi was a force for Penn as he scored three touchdowns, two of which came on the offensive side of the ball. He gained 100 yards rushing on five carries. His long rush of 58-yards was good for a touchdown. He also factored into the passing game, catching two passes, including a 35-yard touchdown grab.
If that was not enough, Lombardi’s most important contribution came on special teams. After Penn opened scoring, Princeton needed one play from scrimmage to tie the game, 7-7. Lombardi did not even need that play. He fielded the kickoff at his own 16-yard line and weaved his way through his blockers and Tiger tacklers for an 84-yard kickoff return. The touchdown ignited the Quakers who scored 53 straight points on their way to the victory.
This marks the first time that Lombardi has been rewarded with league honors. It is the second time Penn has been honored this year. J. Andrew Feigenbaum was selected Defensive Player of the Week for week 2 of the season for his 11 tackle performance against Cornell.
Sprint football is off until they travel to West Point, N.Y. to play the Black Knights of Army on October 12.