Sprint Football ? 2014 Season in Review

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania sprint football team finished a successful 2014 season with a 4-3 record in the Collegiate Sprint Football League, finishing in third place, and earning 19 individual All-CSFL selections at the end of the year.

Highlighting the All-CSFL selections were Penn’s three first-team honorees, senior running back Mike Beamish, junior offensive lineman Donnie Kneisel, and sophomore defensive back Chris Colavita. (Click here to read about all 19 All-CSFL honors.)

The Quakers began the season in thrilling fashion at Mansfield, scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Mountaineers, 14-13, with the game televised on ESPN3.com.

In the Red and Blue’s home opener against Ivy rival Cornell, Penn defeated the Big Red, 36-19, winning its eighth straight home opener, and starting the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2010 season.

The following week the Quakers welcomed perennial powerhouse Navy to Franklin Field, giving the Midshipmen all they could handle before falling, 21-19. The Penn defense held Navy’s high-powered offense in check for the majority of the game, and after a defensive stop with 46 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Penn needed only a field goal to win, but the Quakers drive stalled on their own half of the field, ending the game.

Penn won its third game of the season on the road at Franklin Pierce, 14-7, where senior running back Mike Beamish scored two of his six touchdowns on the season. Beamish would finish the season with 533 yards rushing, giving him 2,494 for his career, placing him third all-time in Penn sprint football history.

Hosting Post University, Penn sophomore quarterback Mike McCurdy threw for three touchdown passes, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Quakers from behind, falling 28-21.

On Senior Day in the home finale against Army, Penn honored its eight seniors; Charlie Alexander, Mike Beamish, Keith Braccia, Jose Nino Domond, Manuel Sainz de la Pena, Danny Reyes, and Alex Smith. The Quakers were defeated by the Black Knights, 47-7, in the game.

Scheduled for one more game against fellow Ivy school Princeton, Penn would pick up its final victory, due to forfeiture, when the Tigers were unable to play the game due to injuries and number of available players, thus concluding the year.

Prior to the beginning of the season, Penn Athletics and the sprint football program secured the future of the program by endowing the head coaching position, which will be named after Head Coach Bill Wagner. (Click here to read about the sprint football coaching endowment.)

In December, the program held its annual banquet, where the Quakers were joined by their families and numerous alumni supporters in Houston Hall to commemorate the 2014 season. (Click here to read about the sprint football banquet.)