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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania sprint football season will come to a close this Friday evening, as the Quakers travel to Princeton to take on the Tigers beginning at 7 p.m.
Penn (3-3) is looking to rebound after back-to-back defeats against Post and Army, while Princeton (0-5) is searching for its first victory of the 2014 season.
The Quakers and Tigers game from Princeton Stadium will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
SCOUTING PRINCETON: The Tigers have five losses, but have played four games due to a forfeit against Army. In those four games, Princeton has managed one touchdown and has been outscored 230-7. Offensively sophomore quarterback Chad Cowden has completed 47 passes for 458 yards and a touchdown, and is averaging 114.5 yards passing per game. Sophomore receiver Ahmed Musse leads the Tigers with 10 receptions for 145 yards, while second leading receiver senior Chris McCord has seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, leading tackler junior Richard Freling has 24.5 tackles including three for a loss, and a fumble recovery. Junior A.J. Sibley has 20 tackles and senior Kyle Douglas has 19.5 tackles.
THE SERIES WITH PRINCETON: Penn leads the overall series with Princeton 50-41-2 and has taken control of the rivalry as of late. Last season the Quakers defeated the Tigers 72-29 after having their closest contest with their archrival in recent memory in 2012, winning 36-21.
BEAMISH RUSHING WATCH: Playing in his final collegiate spring football game, senior running back Mike Beamish currently sits 33 yards behind Mike Bagnoli (2,527 yards, 2007-10) for second place all-time in Penn sprint football history. Heading into the final week, Beamish has 2,494 rushing yards for his career and is currently second in the league in rushing with 533 yards on 121 carries, with six touchdowns. In week two, Beamish moved into third place all-time rushing for Penn sprint football after running for 149 yards against Cornell.
MCCURDY PASSING HIS WAY UP THE LIST: Sophomore quarterback Mike McCurdy has completed 87 passes for 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns heading into the season finale against Princeton. The yardage total places his 2014 sixth all-time for passing yards in a season. Last year, McCurdy finished with the third most passing yards in program history, throwing for 1,403 yards. With his current totals (2,560 yards) the sophomore is already third all-time in career yards passing in Penn sprint football history.
CATCHING ON: Junior receiver Henry Mason has moved into the top five in the CSFL in receptions after having solid performances the last two weeks. Mason now has 27 receptions for 376 yards and two touchdowns, and is averaging almost 14 yards per catch.
TOP OF THE LEAGUE TACKLERS: The Quakers are led on defense by CSFL leading tackler Chris Colavita, who has totaled 47 tackles (7.7 per game) in six games. Of the sophomore’s 46 tackles, 31 have been solo stops. Junior Stu Helgeson is third in the league in tackles per game, averaging 7.6. The defensive back is second on the team with 38 total tackles, including 26 solo stops. Sophomore Robert Dioro is third on the team with 37 stops, and has registered 4.5 tackles for a loss, and has two sacks. Also leading the way for the Penn defense is senior Keith Braccia, junior Ed Cai, and freshman Quinn Karam, all with 34 tackles.