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PHILADELPHIA - The third-ever meeting between Penn and Post in sprint football takes place on Friday night at Franklin Field, with the Quakers looking to get back to level in the CSFL and move above .500 overall, The Quakers are 1-1 at home this season, Friday's game the midway point of a five-game homestand to complete the 2012 season.
Penn enters the weekend ranked third in the CSFL in offense, averaging 328 yards-per-game. Penn has counted on its rushing attack to carry the mail so far in 2012, with three rushers combining to average 180.5 yards over four contests. Mike Beamish is ensconced in a tight battle for the CSFL's rushing title, currently sitting in second place with his 477 yards on the ground - just 11 yards away from the top spot. Joe Raso has just 26 carries in four games as Beamish's running mate in the backfield, but is averaging 5.5 yards-per-carry for a total of 143 yards. Quarterback Keith Braccia has pulled the ball down and rushed with it 54 times this season, scoring on three of those carries.
The Quakers would like to see more success through the air from Braccia, who has 590 yards passing and seven touchdowns this season. Penn's all-time leading receiver, Whit Shaw, has been the primary target of Braccia, reeling in 17 passes for 302 yards and six scores. Nick Longtin has found his grove as the second option out wide, catching 12 passes.
Defensively, Penn's seventh-place team defense is allowing 375 yards-per-game, but when the 590 yards allowed against Army last week is factored out, the average stands at 303 yards-per-game which would rank fourth in the CSFL. The Quakers have made 42 tackles for loss over their four games, with six players registering 3.5 TFL or more. Mack Pierson leads the charge in terms of stopping opponents in the backfield, with 9.5 TFL to his credit this season - five of those stops coming by way of quarterback sack.
Post has already matched its season-best mark for wins with its two victories this season. In just their second full season as a program, the Eagles have won two in a row, defeating both Princeton and Mansfield. Last week, the Eagles dominated Mansfield, 28-3, on the strength of two big plays - an 80-yard touchdown pass from Dwayne Carter to Jay'Len Mahan and a 66-yard touchdown run by Shawn Boose.
Carter and Boose have split time under center for the Eagles, each completing around 50% of his passes with Carter throwing for six touchdowns and Boose adding four. Mahan is the leading target of Post's quarterbacks, with 14 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns. On the ground, freshman Quinton Bryant leads the Eagles with 136 yards rushing on 40 carries. Boose is right with his teammate, rushing for 126 yards on 35 attempts.
Defensively, Post is led by Christopher Lopez who has 20.5 tackles, including three sacks and 8.5 TFL. The Eagles are allowing 301.0 yard of total offense-per-game to their opponents, with two-thirds of yards allowed coming through the air.