PHILADELPHIA - Coming of the bye week and looking for its first CSFL victory of the season, sprint football came out strong Friday afternoon at Franklin Field. The Quakers (2-1, 1-1 CSFL) jumped out to 35-0 lead in the first half and carried that early lead through to the final whistle, coming away with the 48-35 win. Mike Beamish ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, while Todd Busler added 200 yards passing and four touchdowns in the air as the Quakers churned out 404 yards of offense. Post (1-2, 1-2 CSFL) rallied in the second half to close the gap, but the Quakers early lead could not be overcome.
Out of the gates, Post looked for the quick start to the game when it tried an onside kick on the opening kickoff, but Penn was not fooled on the play and took over with great field position. The Quakers would take it down to the 22-yard line of Post, but the Eagles would get a turnover on downs with Penn going for it on fourth-and-three on their first drive.
With Post's first possession of the game, the Quakers would force the quick three-and-out as they stuffed the third-and-three running attempt. When Penn took over at its own 38, it gained positive yardage on the first two plays to Whit Shaw, but a personal foul on Post would get the Penn offense jump started. Following the penalty, Busler hit Kamil Okroj for a 26-yard pass down to the Post 12 and Busler would the find Andrew Donald from 10 yards out to complete the scoring drive.
The Quakers defense would then force a turnover on Post's second possession following a fumble recovery from Matt Cuccinello at the Post 20. This drive would be capped off by Busler finding Shaw for another 10-yard touchdown strike. After missing the first PAT attempt on the first touchdown drive, Penn went for two this attempt and Busler found Mathew Wetherell in the endzone for the conversion and the 14-0 lead.
Penn's defense continued to stifle the Eagles' attack offensively and after Penn went three-and-out on its fourth drive, the Quakers showed off the quick strike offense on their fifth drive of the game. Taking over at the Post 44, Busler hit Wetherell for a 44-yard touchdown down the middle of the field, giving the Quakers a 21-0 lead with just under 12 minutes to play in the second quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff return, Penn recovered a fumble on the return, but was unable to convert the chance into points. However, after punting the ball away, the Quakers quickly got it back when Jack Miller recovered the second Post fumble of the game at the opponents 22 yard line. Beamish would cap off the six play, 22-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge, giving Penn a 28-0 lead.
The Penn defense just continued to shut down any Post offense in the first half, allowing just 13 yards on the next drive and forcing yet another punt. Taking over with just 2:05 to play in the first half, Penn would need just 33 of those seconds to score its fifth touchdown of the half. After Beamish ran for nine yards on the first play from scrimmage this drive, he took the second-and-one carry 62 yards to the house for his longest run of the day.
The Quakers defense would hold yet again in the final minute of the half and Penn was content to run out to clock when it took over with just 44 seconds in the second quarter and headed into halftime with the 35-0 lead. In the first half, Penn held Post to just 50 yards of total offense and getting two big turnovers.
In the second half, Post would come out firing knowing that it needed a quick score to try and get back in the game. The Eagles would get just that as they went 60 yards on five plays, capped off by a 26-yard touchdown reception to cut the lead to 35-7. The Eagles defense would also pick up the intensity as it stopped both of Penn's next two drives before they could get started. However, the Quakers' defense would also get two more holds defensively, forcing punts and taking over at the Post 43 for their third drive of the half.
On this drive, Penn would get those 43 yards on six plays. An interference call on a pass to Okroj in the end zone set up a Wetherell's second touchdown reception of the day as Penn stretched its lead back to 35 with the 42-7 advantage with 3:39 to play in the third quarter.
On Post's next drive Rolando Lyles would pick off the Eagles' quarterback at the Penn 11, keeping Post off the board for the time being, but Post returned the favor just two plays later as the Eagles got their own interception, returning it for a defensive touchdown, cutting the lead to 42-14 with 2:26 to play in the third quarter.
The Eagles would then get Penn to go three-and-out following the interception and would put together their longest drive of the day, going 82 yards on 12 plays in just 2:34 of playing time. This cut the Quaker lead to 42-21 with 12:36 to play in the game.
Beamish would get the offense back on track during the next drive with four straight carries that went for 40 yards and a touchdown, capped off by a 13-yard run to the end zone. This stretched Penn's advantage to 48-21 with just under 11 minutes to play.
Like they seemed to do all second half, Post answered right back with another long drive. This drive went 52 yards in seven plays and was finished off by a 26-yard pass with 8:35 remaining and the score 48-28. After forcing a Penn punt, the Eagles offense needed just two plays to go 80 yards, the long run coming on a 65-yard touchdown, bringing the game back to within two possessions, 48-35.
With time on their side, the Quakers took to the ground game and chewed up 4:46 of clock time on 10 plays the following drive. The Quakers would get the ball down to the Post 2, but a big defensive stop by the Eagles on fourth down gave the Eagles a slight glimmer of hope, needing to score twice in just 1:19 of game clock.
With Post trying to make the game a one possession affair, Lyles intercepted his second pass of the afternoon and returned the ball 18 yards before going down to avoid any potential turnovers and securing the Penn's first CSFL win of the season.
Penn then went into the victory formation and Busler took a knee as the clock wound down to triple zeroes.
The Eagles were much stronger in the second half as they churned out 382 yards of offense in the final 30 minutes, but Penn got the stops when it needed them most. The Quakers finished the day with 404 yards of total offense, holding onto the ball for a total time of possession of 37:32.
Wetherell finished as Penn's top receiver with 82 yards receiving on six catches and the two touchdowns. Shaw also caught seven passes for 82 yards and the one touchdown and ran for 22 yards on six carries as Penn tried to find different ways to get him involved in the offensive game plan. Cuccinello lead the Quakers in tackles for the third-straight week with 11 in total, eight solo. Chris Twombly added seven tackles, five solo to the defensive effort.
Penn will be back at home next Friday night with the traditional 7 p.m. kickoff against Mansfield in the team's third CSFL game of the season.
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