Sprint Football Hosts Penn for CSFL South Title
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy sprint football team (5-1, 2-0 CSFL South) hosts defending Collegiate Sprint Football League champion Penn (4-1, 2-0 CSFL South) for the CSFL South Division title on Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. The Midshipmen are looking to advance to the league's first ever title game in two weeks.
Prior to the season, the coaches voted to split the league into two divisions for 2017. The winners of each division, which will be decided by each school's record against divisional opponents, will meet one week after the conclusion of the regular season in an official CSFL Championship game.
Only four teams remain alive with a chance to reach the CSFL title game. In the South Division, this week's game between Penn and Navy will decide the division, while in the North Division, this week's game between Army West Point and Cornell will decide the division's representative. Both games are slated for Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
Live stats and a live video stream will be available.
The Mids have a 72-7-2 all-time record against the Quakers in one of the sprint football team's longest rivalries. The first meeting between the two teams took place in Philadelphia in 1946 with the Midshipmen posting a 45-6 victory. Navy is 35-2-2 all time against Penn in Annapolis and have won the last seven meetings between the two teams at home, outscoring the Quakers, 213-50, in those games. The Mids have won 17 of the last 19 meetings overall, including a 29-14 victory the last time the two teams met in Annapolis. Last season, Penn posted a 29-23 overtime victory over Navy in Philadelphia, which ultimately led to the Quakers winning the CSFL title.
Last Time Out
Navy posted a 49-14 victory over Cornell on Friday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Midshipmen used touchdowns from seven different players, including a blocked punt for a score to cruise to victory.
Offensively, the Mids tallied 467 yards of total offense, including 282 yards passing and 185 yards on the ground. Navy averaged 7.0 yards per play, including 18.8 per completion. The Midshipman scored a season-high 49 points on six passing touchdowns and a blocked punt for a score.
Plebes Braydan Chmiel (Warrenton, Mo.) and Jacob Hudson (Wilmington, Del.) combined to go 15-for-20 through the air for 282 yards and six touchdowns. Chmiel, who made his second start of the season at QB, amassed 228 yards on 13-of-18 passing with five TDs, while Hudson connected on both of his pass attempts for 54 yards, including a touchdown.
The Mids had nine different players catch a pass in the game, including six different players with touchdown receptions. Sam Shaunak (Collierville, Tenn.) led the way with four receptions for 86 yards and a TD, while Eric Spicer (St. Marys, Ohio), Jay Cooke (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), and Dane Livengood (Treynor, Iowa) each brought down two receptions each. Spicer, Livengood, Austin Rogers (Cottonwood, Ariz.), Ram Nagarajah (Boston, Mass.), and Walt Fagan (Rock Hill, S.C.) each joined Shaunak with touchdown catches.
Seven different players carried the football in the game with six players registering 20 yards or more on the ground. Caleb Champion (Milton, Fla.) led the way with 46 yards, followed by Stefano Saragusa (Haines City, Fla.) who carried for 35.
Defensively, the trio of Dean Rye (Fairfax, Va.), Luke Coughlin (Islip, N.Y.), and Sheppard Wilson (Charlotte, N.C.) each finished with nine tackles apiece. Coughlin notched a pair of tackles for loss, including the game's only sack while also forcing a fumble. Wilson blocked a Big Red punt and senior captain Alex Oldham (Dayton, Ohio) was able to jump on the loose ball in the end zone for a defensive score. Grant Hooper (Huntingtown, Md.) recorded an interception and Troy Monroe (Columbus, Ga.) joined Coughlin with a pair of TFLs.
Coughlin Tabbed CSFL Defensive Player of the Week
For his efforts against Cornell, Coughlin was named the CSFL Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, Oct. 24, as announced by the league. The senior anchored the defense with a team-high nine tackles, including six solo stops. He recorded 2.0 tackles for loss, including the game's only sack, and forced a fumble. As a unit, the Navy defense held the Cornell offense without a first down on 10 of their 14 drives, including eight three-and-outs. The defensive squad blocked a punt, forced a fumble, and recorded an interception.
Navy concludes the regular season with CSFL newcomer Caldwell on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be Senior Day and prior to the game, the Midshipmen will honor the team's senior class. Live stats will be available.