PHILADELPHIA – In the final home game for the 2014 season, the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team faces Army Friday night at Franklin Field.
Penn (3-2) will send offeight seniors in their final home game against the Black Knights (5-0). On the field in their final home game at Franklin Field will be Charlie Alexander, Mike Beamish, Keith Braccia, Jose Nino Domond, Manuel Sainz de la Pena, Danny Reyes, Alex Smith, and Wesley Zhao.
The Quakers currently sit in third place in the Collegiate Sprint Football League standings, while Army and Navy are tied for the top spot amongst the eight teams in the league. The Black Knights have won back-to-back league titles in 2013 and 2012.
Friday’s game will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
SCOUTING ARMY: The Black Knights have played four games, but have five wins, after a Princeton forfeit last weekend. Heading into the matchup with Penn, Army leads the league in scoring and total offense, averaging 38.8 points per game and having amassed over 1,700 yards of offense, including 1,085 yards passing. The offense is led by senior quarterback J.J. Wartski who is 93-of-151 passing (61.6% completion pct.) with 14 touchdown passes and 1,054 yards passing. Junior Tucker Van Dyke leads the Black Knights in catches, yards, and touchdowns with 26, 454, and 6 respectively. Senior Zachary Woods also has 19 catches and three touchdowns. Running the ball, sophomore Marqus Burrell has rushed 72 times for 360 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Army is plus four in turnovers with 11 takeaways. Army is led by senior Tyler Peterson with 22 tackles and 3.5 sacks, and junior Phillip Choi with 22 stops and 3.0 sacks. Senior David Brown leads the team with 4.5 sacks and has 13 tackles.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: The Quakers are playing Army for the 53rd time this Friday and the series is the fourth longest for Penn. Penn is 4-48 all-time against the Black Knights, but have won twice in the past 10 years – a 20-13 victory in 2008 and a 31-17 victory in 2004.
PENN SENIORS BY THE NUMBERS: Over four years to date, the Penn sprint football senior class has won 15 games, and totaled over 9,000 yards on offense and 95 touchdowns. During that time, the defense has made just over 1,600 tackles. Friday will mark the 17th and final time the seniors will take toFranklin Field for Penn.
THIRD-RANKED TOTAL OFFENSE: Penn ranks third in the CSFL in total offense. The Quakers average 312.6 yards of offense a game and have scored 13 touchdowns this year. The Red and Blue have 576 rushing yards and 987 passing yards on the season. Last week against Post, sophomore quarterback Mike McCurdy threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers – Jack Epstein, Henry Mason, and Andrew Sutton.
TOP OF THE LEAGUE TACKLERS: The Quakers are led on defense by CSFL leading tackler Chris Colavita, who has totaled 41 tackles (8.2 per game) in five games. Of the sophomore’s 41 tackles, 27 have been solo stops. Sophomore Robert Dioro is third in the league in tackles per game, averaging 7.8, and has 31 total stops. In four games, junior Stu Helgeson has 29 tackles – 20 solo – good enough for seventh with an average of 7.2 tackles per game. Also leading the way for the Penn defense is senior Keith Braccia, 30 tackles, and junior Ed Cai, 25 tackles and three sacks. Two more Penn defenders have 20 or more tackles – junior Derek Shnider, and freshman Quinn Karam.
BEAMISH RUSHING WATCH: Despite leaving last week’s game in the first quarter with an injury, senior running back Mike Beamish is currently second in the league in rushing with 510 yards on 107 carries, with six touchdowns. In week two, Beamish moved into third place all-time rushing for Penn sprint football after running for 149 yards against Cornell. After week five, Beamish now has 2,471 yards rushing and is just 56 yards behind Mike Bagnoli (2,527 yards, 2007-10) for second place all-time in Penn sprint football history.