PHILADELPHIA Sprint football returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Cornell as part of Homecoming Weekend at Penn. The Quakers enter the game with victories in their last two games, defeating Princeton, 60-7 and Army, 13-12. Penn’s record stands at 2-1 overall with a 1-0 record in CSFL play.
Penn and Cornell are meeting for the 83rd time in sprint football action. The Big Red hold a 49-33 advantage, including a 23-18 win this year in Ithaca. Cornell has taken the last four meetings dating back to the 2005 season.
The Quakers feature the top rusher in the CSFL in Rob Lombardi. He has rushed for 327 yards on 56 carries over the first three games and scored one rushing touchdown. Lombardi has also contributed in the receiving game and on special teams as well. Against Princeton, he caught a TD and returned a kickoff for a score as well.
Quarterback Michael D'Angelo is coming off a week where he was named CSFL Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Army. Against the Black Knights, he was 13 of 25 for 192 yards and the game-winning touchdown to Clarke Armatis with 6:39 remaining in the game. The 192 yards in the air was the 12th highest single-game total in program history.
On the defensive side of the ball, Penn boasts two players who have been named Defensive Player of the Week by the CSFL. In week two, Andrew Feigenbaum earned the honors for his 11 tackle (eight solo) performance against Cornell. Last week, Sam Biddle joined his teammates on the honor roll with a 12 tackle game against Army. Included in those 12 tackles were seven solo stops. The biggest play from Biddle was a strip sack of Army quarterback Robert Miner at the Penn 3-yard line as the Knights were marching for a score. The Quakers recovered the fumble and were on their way to the victory.
Cornell is the defending CSFL Champions and enters the game with a 3-1 record. They are an even 1-1 in CSFL play. Saturday’s game will put one team in position to compete for the league title, at the same time ending the other’s hopes.
The Big Red feature a balanced rushing attack, with five players averaging between 20 and 40 yards per game. Matt Malleo has the most attempts, with 40, and his three rushing TDs lead the team.
John Parke leads Cornell defensively, registering 25.5 tackles on the season, including 16 solo stops. He has also forced one fumble. Quarterbacks are wary of throwing in cornerback Jeff Soffen’s direction, as he has broken up seven passes and come down with one interception.