PHILADELPHIA – After staving off Franklin Pierce this past Saturday to move to 3-1 on the season, the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team will play host to Post University this Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Franklin Field.
Penn (3-1) held on to defeat Franklin Pierce last Friday, 14-7, on the strength of two Mike Beamish touchdowns and a defensive stop in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter. The Quakers are looking to match their best start since the 2011 season.
Post (1-2) is coming off a 41-6 road defeat to Navy in which the Eagles scored their lone touchdown a 92 yard kickoff return by junior Jay’Len Mahan. Post’s lone victory came against Mansfield in week two, winning 21-18.
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SCOUTING POST: The Eagles have totaled 45 points in three games this season, and are led on offense by sophomore quarterback Greg Volpe (23-of-53 passing, 203 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT). At receiver, Mahan has 11 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown, along with his special team’s touchdown. On the ground, Post is led by freshman running back Joseph Lynch (40 carries, 147 yards, 1 TD), with senior Dashwan Wingate having scored three touchdowns on 14 carries and 124 yards rushing. Defensively, junior defensive lineman Anthony Jamele has totaled 22.0 tackles with three sacks and six tackles for a loss. Freshman linebacker Dawson Lindeman has 15.5 tackles and three sacks, while sophomore linebacker Chris Leggio has 14.5 tackles.
THE SERIES WITH POST: The Penn and Post series is in its fifth year, with both teams having won and lost two games each. The Quakers won the first two matchups in 2010 and 2011 scoring over 40 points in each game. The Eagles have won the last two years, also scoring over 40 points in each matchup.
HELGESON CSFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Penn junior Stu Helgeson earned the CSFL Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the Quakers 14-7 victory at Franklin Pierce in week four. Helgeson collected seven tackles – all solo – in Friday’s matchup against the Ravens, and had two pass breakups along with hauling in an interception. Helgeson and the Quakers made a decisive stop inside the five yard line with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the Penn victory. Helgeson has totaled 18 tackles in three games this season, and has recorded five passes defended with an interception.
PENN DEFENSE CONTINUES TO IMPRESS: Allowing just an average of just 15.0 points per game, the Penn defense is second in the league having allowed 60 points through four games. In week one, the Quakers defense held off Mansfield enough to allow for the 14-13 comeback victory, and only allowed 19 points to a Navy team that leads the CSFL in offense. The defense held one more time last Friday on a crucial fourth quarter stop with less than a minute to go and Franklin Pierce inside the five yard line.
DEFENSIVE LEADERS: The Quakers are led on defense by sophomore Chris Colavita who has totaled 35 tackles in four games, good enough for third in the league. Of Colavita’s 35 tackles, 21 have been solo stops. Junior defensive end Ed Cai has 25 tackles, with three sacks and an interception and safety. Thee more Penn defenders have 20 or more tackles – senior Keith Braccia, junior Derek Shnider, and freshman Quinn Karam.
KEEP ON RUNNING: Senior running back Mike Beamish is currently second in the league in rushing with 512 yards on 100 carries (5.1 yards per carry), and has scored six touchdowns. In week two, Beamish moved into third place all-time rushing for Penn sprint football after running for 149 yards against Cornell. After week four, Beamish now has 2,473 yards rushing and is just 54 yards behind Mike Bagnoli (2,527 yards, 2007-10) for second place all-time in Penn sprint football history.