PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania sprint football team will attempt to send its seniors out with a win on Friday, hosting Princeton at 7 p.m. for Senior Night at Franklin Field.
Although the team fell out of title contention with last week’s loss to Army West Point, the Quakers (4-2) look to rebound against the rival Tigers (0-3) and end the season on a high note. With a win against Princeton, the Red and Blue will secure a third-place finish in the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) and can tie for second if Army West Point defeats Navy the next night.The Quakers have not lost to the Tigers since 1995.
Penn boasts one of the best offensive threats in the CSFL in junior quarterback Mike McCurdy. McCurdy leads the conference in total offense (237.5 ypg) and passing yards per game (225.0). Princeton’s Chad Cowden stands at third in passing yards, averaging 134.7 a game.
McCurdy’s top target, senior Henry Mason, also boasts some league-leading statistics, with 6.2 receptions per game and 96.0 receiving yards per contest.
Penn’s offensive assault also translates into points for the Red and Blue: Mason leads the league in touchdowns (7.3 ppg) while McCurdy’s five rushing touchdowns are good for 5.0 points per game and seventh in scoring.
On the defensive side of the ball, freshman James Juliano is third in tackles (8.7/gm) and freshman Sam Smallzman ranks third in sacks (1.17/gm).
Freshman Brendan Lilley (3) and senior Derek Shnider (2) also rank one-two in forced fumbles.
The Quakers also boast the third-best scoring offense and defense in the CSFL, scoring 26.2 points per game and surrendering an average of 15.8 points per contest. Princeton rates eighth in scoring offense (10.3 ppg) and ninth in defense (62.0 ppg).
Penn is also third in the league in total offense (318.3 ypg), as opposed to the Tigers’ 182.7 yards per game, good for ninth in the CSFL.