PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania sprint football team returns home for the first time in a month on Friday, hosting Mansfield at 7 p.m. on Franklin Field.
Only a game out of first place in the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL), the Quakers (3-1) look to gain some ground on undefeated Army West Point (4-0), while the Mountaineers (0-3) try to bring home their first conference win of the season.This is the eighth-ever meeting between the two squads, with Penn having won the first seven. Last year, the Quakers edged the Mountaineers, 14-13, on the road thanks to two fourth quarter touchdown runs from running back Mike Beamish, who put up 125 yards on the day.
Penn comes into the game third in the CSFL in both scoring offense (32.0 ppg) and defense (16.5 ppg), trailing both Army and Navy in each category.
On the other side, Mansfield sits in eighth place for both rankings, scoring 7.2 points per game and allowing 33.0.
It will be a aerial test of wills on Friday as the league’s best passing offense goes up against a Mountaineers squad that ranks second in the CSFL in passing yards allowed (135.5/gm).
Mike McCurdy continues to pace the CSFL through the air, leading the league in passing yards (226.8/gm) and standing at second in pass efficiency (139.9).
McCurdy also leads the league in passing touchdowns (9) and is tied for second in rushing touchdowns (4). Conversely, all four of Mansfield’s touchdowns this season have come on the ground.
Henry Mason has proven to be McCurdy’s favorite target on the year, and the senior leads the CSFL in touchdowns (6) while putting up the second most receptions per game (5.5) and receiving yards per game (104.2).
James Juliano’s 34 tackles are good for third in the CSFL and Brendan Lilley’s three forced fumbles are a league best.
Before the game, the 2000 CSFL championship squad will be honored on the field. The second undefeated team in program history (1931), 2000 marks the only time Penn has beaten both military academies in a single season.
The 2000 team boasted 10 first team All-CSFL honorees, six second teamers, and 12 honorable mentions in addition to Scott Moore being named Co-Most Valuable Player.