PHILADELPHIA - After coming out on the wrong end of a 42-34 six-overtime thriller at Cornell to start the 2012 CSFL season, Penn is again on the road with a trip to first-year program Franklin Pierce on Sunday (noon). The game will be played at Oakmont High School in Ashburnham, Mass.
The silver lining in the road trip for the Quakers is that it is the last time Penn will need to pack any bags during the 2012 season. After Sunday's game, Penn will be home at Franklin Field for its final five contests of the season.
On a rainy night in Ithaca - a game prolonged by a two-hour lightning delay - the Quakers found a potent duo in quarterback Keith Braccia and wide receiver Whit Shaw. The pair combined for three touchdowns, including two in overtime. Overall in the game, Braccia threw for 180 yards with 115 of them going to the hands of Shaw - Penn's all-time leading receiver in terms of receiving yards.
The Quakers had success on the ground, as well, in its opener as Mike Beamish ran for 139 yards on 24 carries to pace a Penn rushing attack which accounted for 248 total yards.
In its first-ever CSFL game last weekend against Cornell, Franklin Pierce hung with the Big Red, leading deep into the fourth quarter until the Big Red scored a touchdown with 2:13 to play to escape with a 26-21 win.
The Ravens limited Cornell to just 65 yards rushing in the game on 26 carries. FPU got its sprint football era off in fine fashion, intercepting Cornell on the first play of the game and subsequently scoring its first CSFL points on its first offensive play from scrimmage - a 19-yard Tyler Matthews rush. Matthews finished with 51 yards rushing, also throwing for 148 yards on 12 completions from his quarterback spot. D.J. MacDonald handled the bulk of the rushing duties for the Ravens, picking up 105 yards on 24 carries.
Defensively, Penn relies on Chris Twombly to contained opposing receivers. The defensive back factored in on 11 tackles two weeks ago at Cornell, eight of which were solo stops. Jack Miller had 10 tackles two weeks ago, seven unassisted. For the Ravens, Connor Rogowsky was all over the field in its opener, with eight tackles, three pass breakups and 1.5 tackles for loss.