PHILADELPHIA Penn’s sprint football team is headed to Navy for its last road game of the season on Friday evening. The game is a crucial matchup for both teams as the CSFL title is at stake. Navy is heading to this game undefeated, but Penn is looking to end the Midshipmen’s streak and continue its own run for the crown.
If Navy were to win this game it would guarantee the Midshipmen at least a share of the CSFL title. However, if the Quakers were to upset the defending champions, a slew of potential outcomes could arise depending on the other games occurring on Friday night as well as the final games of the season which are set for October 31st.
For the Red and Blue, they must win both of their remaining games starting with Friday’s matchup at Navy to keep their hopes alive. Penn currently posts a 4-1 record, but it’s the 1-1 CSFL record that is important in the title run.
Penn is coming off a tough loss at Cornell last Friday night, 23-20. There were four lead changes as the clock ran down to the final minutes of play; however it was the Big Red who held the ball and the lead when time ran out.
Offensively, Penn is averaging 311 yards a game 146.2 ypg rushing and 164.6 ypg passing. Mike Bagnoli leads the CSFL with 343 rushing yards on 72 carries with a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Michael D'Angelo has completed 72-of-124 pass attempts for 799 yards with eight touchdowns second best in the league. Bagnoli, D’Angelo and the rest of the offense will have their work cut out for them; Navy is limiting their opponents to 196 yards a game.
It will be important for the Penn defense to remain strong in Friday’s game as they have been doing all season. The Quakers will face CSFL’s leading offense which is anchored by league-leading quarterback D.J. Green. The Midshipmen are averaging 360 yards a game, while Green is 66-of-125 for 834 yards with 10 interceptions and eight touchdowns.
Friday’s matchup is the 73rd time the two teams have met and Navy owns a 65-5-2 advantage in the all-time series against Penn. The Midshipmen have won each of the last eight meetings versus the Quakers.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. and live stats are available at Navysports.com