PHILADELPHIA - With a chance to clinch at least a share of the Collegiate Sprint Football League Championship on Friday, the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team is set to host the Cornell Big Red for Senior Night, with festivities scheduled to begin at 6:45 and kickoff at 7 p.m.
Inside the Numbers
With a win, Penn would clinch a share of the CSFL trophy for the first time since 2010 and would be one victory away from an undefeated season.
Friday's contest with Cornell is Senior Night, as eight players are set to be honored at historic Franklin Field. All four senior captains in Mike McCurdy, Chris Colavita, Patrick Boyle and Robert Diorio as well as Ed Cai, Mario Del Cueto, Arthur D'Angelo and Jonathan Weyand will play at home for the final time at home in the Red and Blue.
McCurdy leads the CSFL in total offense, averaging nearly 100 yards a game over Army West Point's Keegan West in second place. The senior from Bethesda, Md. totals an average of 268 yards per game and owns 13 touchdowns this season (12 passing, one rushing).
Tom Console has paced the defense with 42 tackles, 29 solo, and two interceptions with four pass breakups. Quinn Karam is second on the squad with 33 stops and an interception of his own. As a unit, the Quakers lead the league with 15 picks this year.
Del Cueto has been solid on special teams this season, with a field goal mark of 5-6.
The Series with Cornell
Penn has battled with Cornell more than any other active team in the CSFL. The Quakers are 39-52 against the Big Red all-time, but have won the past three meetings and five of the last eight.
Scouting the Big Red
The Big Red enter Friday's game with a record of 2-3, owning wins over Mansfield and Post and losing to Army West Point, Navy and Chestnut Hill. Dual threat quarterback Robert Pannullo leads the way for Cornell, averaging just under 90 yards a game through the air and 47 yards on the ground. The senior owns five passing and four rushing touchdowns this fall. On defense, Ryan Jackson leads with 32 tackles, while Marcus Weeks owns two forced fumbles.