PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania sprint football team returns to the friendly confines of historic Franklin Field for the first time this fall, set to battle yearly Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) rival Army West Point on Friday night. The Quakers and Black Knights will kick off at 7 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Penn dominated in its first contest of the season last Saturday, traveling west to Mansfield to take down the Mountaineers by a score of 31-7. The Quaker defense highlighted the contest as the Red and Blue amassed four interceptions, while the Red and Blue offense accumulated 388 yards of offense and no turnovers.
Reigning CSFL Co-MVP Mike McCurdy enters Friday's contest just 90 yards short of breaking the Penn school record for career passing yards currently held by Todd Busler (2008-2011). The senior has totaled 4,334 yards through the air in his career.
Penn's top returners in addition to McCurdy include six other CSFL award winners from 2015. Max Jones and James Juliano were named to the league's first team while Sam Smallzman and Marcus Jones earch earned second-team accolades. Chris Volavita and Quinn Karam rounded out the acheivements, receiving honorable-mention honors.
Coach Bill Wagner is in the midst of his 47th season on the sidelines for Penn and seeking his first CSFL Championship since 2010.
Series History vs. Army West Point
The Black Knights hold a 54-6 advantage over the Quakers all time in sprint football. The Red and Blue are seeking their first win in the series since 2008, a 20-13 victory at Franklin Field. A year ago, Penn battled back after being held scoreless after the first three quarters in West Point to tie the game at 10 in the final stanza. The game then went into overtime where the Black Knights eventually prevailed in double OT on a 34-year field goal from Warren Kay.
About Army West Point
Army West Point enters Friday's contest at 1-0 after opening the season with a 38-0 blanking of Chestnut Hill at home. The Black Knights allowed just 85 yards of offense, while totaling 311 yards of their own. Army West Point has won eight games in a row dating back to last year.