PHILADELPHIA Penn hosts Navy in sprint football action Friday night at Franklin Field. The traditional Senior Night activities will serve as a precursor to the main-event, a battle between the Quakers and the Midshipmen for the CSFL Championship. Both teams enter the game with 2-0 records in conference play, and a win will clinch at least a share of the league crown for the victor.
Navy holds a decided advantage in the all-time series, with a record of 64-5-2 in the 71 previous matchups. The Mids have won seven straight dating back to 2001.
The Quakers feature the CSFL’s leading rusher in Rob Lombardi. The senior has rushed for 436 yards on the season. He has found the endzone five times, scoring three rushing TDs, a receiving TD, and taking a kick back 84 yards for a score.
The Midshipmen bring with them a running game that is both balanced and potent. Three of the top five rushers in the CSFL will take the field for Navy in Enrique Harris, Richard Engel and Nate Stewart.
The Midshipmen enter the contest with the CSFL’s leading offense and defense. The Midshipmen average 48.8 points-per-game on offense and are only giving up an average of 9.8 p.p.g. on defense. This could be troublesome for a Quaker team that gives up the second-most yards per game (395.3) in the CSFL.
Weather will be a factor in tonight’s game as rain and wind is in the forecast all night. Both teams should look to feature the run and control the clock.
The stage is set for old-time, smashmouth football tonight with a title on the line. For the seniors, there is no better way to leave your home field for the last time than to do so as a champion.