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PHILADELPHIA – For the first time in program history, Penn will head to Waterbury, Conn. to take on Post University, taking on the Eagles on Saturday at noon.
Penn (2-2) is looking to get back in the win column after a gut-wrenching 33-27 loss to Franklin Pierce in overtime last week. Post (3-2) is coming off a 42-27 loss to Navy at home last weekend, and is hosting its final home game of the season.
The Quakers are 2-1 against Post all-time in the short history of the rivalry. Last year, the Eagles secured their first win in the series, besting Penn, 48-27, at Franklin Field. That game was tied, 7-7, just 27 seconds into proceedings after each side returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Whit Shaw was first, scoring on a 95-yard return for the Quakers, before Jay’Len Mahan answered with a 97-yard return for Post. The Quakers only led for 16 seconds in the game, as Post blew open a 14-13 game with three consecutive touchdowns to take a 34-13 lead and never look back.
Mike Beamish enters the game third in the CSFL in rushing, averaging 98.0 yard-per-game. He currently has 1,779 yards rushing for his career, closing in on becoming Penn’s sixth 2,000-yard rusher all-time. The CSFL’s leading rusher in 2013 is Post’s James Harrington. The sophomore has 585 yards rushing on 88 carries, with six rushing touchdowns.
Led by Mike McCurdy, Penn has the top passing offense in the CSFL, throwing for 264.2 yards-per-game as a team. McCurdy is averaging 189.0 yards-per-game in the air, second in the CSFL and tops among rookie signal callers. His eight passing touchdowns this season are second in the League. Michael Bass has been McCurdy’s favorite target, catching 20 passes to rank second in receptions-per-game in the CSFL. Jack Epstein has been the go-to guy when looking to score in the air, though, tied for third among all CSFL receivers and leading Penn with five touchdowns.
Beamish leads the CSFL in all-purpose yards, accumulating 133.8 yards-per-game between the running, receiving and returning games. Post has the next two on the list, Harrington at 131.2 and Mahan and 113.8.
Stu Helgeson is still near the top of the defensive leaders in the CSFL through five weeks, ranking second with 9.5 tackles-per-game. To find a Post player on that list, you need to scroll down to 18th where Anthony Jamele ranks with 5.8 tackles-per-game. He is second in the League, however, with eight total sacks.