PHILADELPHIA – Trekking almost six hours north to New Hampshire, the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team takes on Franklin Pierce Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Sodexo Field.
Penn (2-1) is coming off of a 21-19 defeat to Navy in week three, where the Quakers had the ball with just under a minute to go, needing only a field goal to win, but their offensive drive stalled and the Midshipmen escaped with a victory.
Franklin Pierce (1-2) lost twice to open the season, at Cornell and at Army, before picking up a 45-7 home victory over Princeton last weekend.
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SCOUTING FRANKLIN PIERCE: Playing in just its second season in the Collegiate Sprint Football League, and third overall, Franklin Pierce was 5-2 last season and is 1-2 in 2014 thus far. The Ravens are currently fifth in total offense (773 yards, 8 TD) and third in total defense. They are led on offense by freshman quarterback Jose Melo (20-of-45 passing, 229 yards, 1 TD), and sophomore running back Andrew Jean (341 yards, 3 TD). On defense, Franklin Pierce is led by sophomore Jason Reid (17 tackles), freshman Paul Tancredi (16 tackles, 1 INT), and sophomore Brandon Knight (15 tackles, 1 INT, 3 pass break ups). Junior Josh Tilton has recorded three sacks.
THE SERIES WITH FRANKLIN PIERCE: The Quakers and Ravens are meeting for just the third time, with Penn having won the inaugural matchup, 24-20, in 2012 and Franklin Pierce winning 33-27 in overtime last year at Franklin Field.
PENN ‘D’ GETTING PRESSURE: The Quakers defensive line has played exceptionally well in the first three weeks, getting pressure on the opposing quarterback and playing with their hands up in the passing lanes. Penn is tied for third in the league with 11 sacks, led by junior Ed Cai and sophomore Arthur D’Angelo with three. Cai recorded a safety in the fourth quarter against Navy to bring the Quakers within a field goal of winning. Sophomore Chris Colavita is tied for first in the CSFL in tackling averaging 8.3 tackles per game (25 total). Cai is fifth with 23 total tackles, 7.7 per game.
RUNNING WITH BEAMISH: Senior running back Mike Beamish is second in the league in rushing with 349 yards on 69 carries (5.1 yards per carry). He has also scored four touchdowns. In week two, Beamish moved into third place all-time rushing for sprint football after running for 149 yards against Cornell. After week three, Beamish now has 2,310 yards rushing and is just 217 yards behind Mike Bagnoli (2,527 yards, 2007-10) for second place all-time in program history.
DEL CUETO’S HAUL: Almost half of receiver Mario del Cueto’s receptions have been for touchdowns. The sophomore has eight catches for 195 yards and three touchdowns in three games. He is the leading receiver for the Quakers, and is averaging 24.4 yards per catch. Two of del Cueto’s touchdown receptions have been quite impressive, making a full extension diving catch against Cornell in week two, and coming back to the ball, making the catch, and then beating three Navy defenders last week.
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