PHILADELPHIA The Penn sprint football team is looking to remain undefeated as it heads to Ithaca, N.Y. Friday night to face Cornell. The Red and Blue currently post a 4-0 record while the Big Red is 2-2. Cornell holds the 56-32 advantage in the series history, but has lost the last two outings against the Quakers.
The two teams have already met once this season, in that matchup, The Quakers routed Cornell, 17-3. Penn finished the game with 17 first downs over Cornell’s seven. In addition, the Quakers led with 255 total yards of offense to Cornell’s 110.
Michael D'Angelo threw for 180 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore Mike Bagnoli led the team in rushing with 52 yards on 15 carries. Wifi Fernadez followed with 36 yards rushing on eight carries. Clarke Armatis and Marten Basta led the Quakers in catches, both pulling down five apiece for a combined 112 yards. Sophomore Gage O'Connell led the team in tackles, recording eight.
Penn is heading into this game following an exciting 20-13 win over Army last weekend. The Black Knights notched two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to turn it into a one possession game. However, the Quaker defense came up big several times to thwart Army from scoring the tying touchdown.
Raiam Dos Santos, the CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week, punted seven times for 314 yards. His longest punt of the day went for 57 yards. Five of Santos’ kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line forcing the Black Knights to start their offensive drives deep in their own territory throughout much of the game.
Cornell is coming off a 40-14 victory over Princeton last weekend. Sophomore quarterback Elliot Corey accounted for five of Cornell’s six touchdowns.
Friday’s game is crucial for the Quakers as they are contending with Navy as the top team in the CSFL both teams are heading into this weekend’s games undefeated.
The Quakers are averaging 28.5 points per game, while holding their opponents to 7.0 ppg. Bagnoli still tops the CSFL leader board in rushing yards having rushed for 314 yards. Ricky Lentz of Army is a distant second with 205 yards.
Penn’s defense remained on the top of the CSFL defense list this week limiting its opponents to an average of 199 yards per game. The defense is led by Michael McMullen, who has recorded 30 tackles thus far fifth best in the league.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. on Cornell’s Schoellkopf Field. Live video coverage is available at CornellBigRed.com.