RINDGE, N.H. – In a low scoring affair that saw both offenses match rushing and passing yards equally, the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team held on to defeat Franklin Pierce 14-7 on Friday evening, behind two rushing touchdowns from senior Mike Beamish.
Penn (3-1) scored on short drives in the second and third quarter of the game, and was able to hold Franklin Pierce (1-3) on a defensive stand at the two yard line with 26 seconds remaining to hold on for the victory.
The Quakers saw most of their offensive production come from Beamish, who ran 31 times for 163 yards and the two scores.
Defensively the Red and Blue’s Stu Helgeson led the way, making seven tackles, while breaking up two passes and adding an interception. Sophomore Chris Colavita also had seven tackles for the Quakers, while senior safety Keith Braccia had six. Sophomore Patrick Boyle and freshman Hunter Heflin each recorded a sack.
Penn scored its first touchdown in the second quarter after a drive of five plays that took just over a minute and a half. The final play of the drive was a three yard touchdown run for Beamish.
With just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter Beamish would score his second touchdown on a 20 yard scamper, capping off a three play, 33 yard drive that took less than a minute.
Franklin Pierce managed to score with 11:18 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 21 yard touchdown run by senior Derek Reddy.
With just over seven minutes remaining, the Ravens had possession and drove all the way down to the Penn 11 yard line. Franklin Pierce then rushed to the four yard line, before getting to the three on second down. After an incompletion, Penn’s defense held once more, holding the Ravens on fourth down, thus winning the game.
Up next, Penn will face Post University at home on Oct. 17, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Franklin Field.