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PHILADELPHIA - Friday bring the 2012 sprint football season to a close, Penn hosting archrival Princeton at Franklin Field at 7 p.m. The game is the final one for nine senior players and three senior support staff members who have dedicated countless hours to continuing the Penn Sprint Football Tradition.
The Quakers are fifth in the CSFL with a 1-4 record and are 2-4 overall entering the final game of the season. The Red and Blue have a chance to move into fourth place with a win and a Cornell loss this weekend.
Penn will look to secure a rushing title for Mike Beamish who enters the final outing of 2012 with 612 yards rushing on 137 carries for an average of 4.5 y.p.r. He has a 53-yard lead on the second place rusher from Army.
Overall, Penn's offense ranks fourth in the CSFL, averaging 304 total yards-per-game. Princeton is sixth in the league, averaging just 186 yards over its six games. Defensively, Princeton is in the middle of the pack, ranked fourth as the Tigers allow an average of 329 yards-per-game. The Quakers are seventh, allowing an average of 389 yards over their six contests.
Before the game, Penn will honor the following members of the program for their time on the team:
#66 Shane Curry, OL
A team captain this season, Curry has been named All-CSFL three times over his career. In 2011 he was second-team All-CSFL and earned Penn's Dan Doheny Outstanding Lineman award at the end of the season.
#54 Anthony DiBella, DL/LB
A two-time team captain, DiBella has earned three All-CSFL awards over his career. Twice named first-team All-CSFL, DiBella was the recipient of Penn's Benjamin F. Wagner Spirit Award last season. He enters Friday with 136 career tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and six sacks with five forced fumbles.
#47 Michael Fernando, DB
A two-year member of the team, Michael Fernando appeared in two games during the 2011 season against Princeton and Post.
#24 Michael Hoyos, DB
A two-year member of the team, Michael Hoyos saw time at defensive back in two games over his career for the Quakers. He will graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences.
#32 Kai Peng, WR/DB/K
A four-year performer, Kai Peng moved from kickoff specialist to three-way standout for the Quakers. He has made three field goals this season, including the game-winner against Mansfield. Defensively, Penn has recorded 55 tackles with eight passes defended.
#56 Oakes Salancy, DE
A two-year member of the team after transferring from Army, Salancy appeared in seven games. In 2011, he recorded four tackles in three games. This season, he recorded five tackles - including one sack - in four games before suffering an injury.
#14 Whit Shaw, WR/DB
A two-time captain, Whit Shaw holds the school record for both total receiving yards (2,233) and receiving touchdowns (28) - both marks he had set by the end of his sophomore season. A four-time All-CSFL honoree, Shaw has three first-team All-League honors - two as a wide receiver and one as a kick returner. Defensively, he has added five interceptions and 26 tackles.
#75 Hassan Siddiqui, DL
A three-year performer, Siddiqui has appeared in 18 games and made 42 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss. This season, he has made 21 tackles, including his first sack, while forcing a fumble and blocking an extra point.
#33 Chris Twombly, DB
One of Penn's captains this season, Chris Twombly has appeared in 21 games over his career. In 2011, he was honorable mention All-CSFL after a 43-tackle, two-interception season. For his career, he has factored in on 79 tackles with three interceptions.
Camille Heard and Jacqueline Baron, Student Managers
Camille and Jacqueline have served as student managers of the Penn sprint football team for the past four seasons, assistant the coaching staff in game preparation, film management, travel operations and much more.
Sarah Foley, Student Athletic Trainer
For the past four seasons, Sarah Foley has served as a student athletic trainer for Penn sprint football. Her dedicated effort at practice and on gameday has aided the training staff to keep the players as healthy as possible.