Sprint Football To Conclude 2013 Season At Home On Friday Versus Penn
Oct. 31, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy sprint football team will look for redemption on Friday, Nov. 1 when it hosts Penn. Coming off of a lost to Army on Saturday, the Midshipmen aim to close out their 2013 season with a victory and sole possession of second place in the CSFL. Kickoff for the contest between the Mids (5-1) and Quakers (3-3) is slated for 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
In the past five meetings between the two teams, Navy holds a 4-1 advantage with three road victories. After three road games and one at a neutral site, the Mids and Quakers will face off in Annapolis for the first time since Oct. 24, 2008. Over the past two years, Navy has outscored Penn by a 100 to 10 margin.
Admission to the contest is free with live statistics available on NavySports.com.
Last Time Out
A 17-point first half deficit was too much for Navy to overcome on Saturday, Oct. 26 in the annual Star Game versus Army, as the Mids fell by a 17-7 score. Facing off at Shea Stadium on the grounds of West Point, Navy's offense was stunted throughout by Army to the tune of a 372 to 66 margin in total yardage.
Sophomore running back Corey Garcia highlighted the Midshipmen's offensive performance on the afternoon with 64 rushing yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, while senior linebacker Matthew Piotrowicz led the defense with 11 solo tackles.
The Quakers (3-3, 3-3 CSFL)
Penn comes into Friday night's matchup with an overall record of 3-3 and directly off of a 43-point win over Princeton on Oct. 25. After dropping their previous two games to Post (43-12) and Franklin Pierce (33-27), the Quakers cruised to a 72-29 home win over the Tigers. Penn used a balanced attack (224 rushing yards and 352 passing yards) to defeat Princeton.
Navy (2013 Season - 6 Games)
Rushing - Corey Garcia (100 carries, 447 yards, 4.5 avg., 4 TDs)
Passing - William Hampton (30 of 84, 459 yards, 7 TDs)
Receiving - Michael Buck (6 catches, 116 yards, 19.3 avg., 1 TDs)
Tackles - Matt Piotrowicz (43 tackles, 32 solo, 11 assists, 8.5 TFL)
Sacks - Chris Mershon (7.5 sacks, 53 yards for loss)
Penn (2013 Season - 6 Games)
Rushing - Mike Beamish (102 carries, 579 yards, 5.7 avg., 5 TDs)
Passing - Mike McCurdy (78 of 138, 1235 yards, 13 TDs)
Receiving - Michael Bass (26 catches, 370 yards, 14.2 avg., 4 TDs)
Tackles - Stu Helgeson (51 tackles, 37 solo, 14 assists, 4.0 TFL)
Sacks - Ed Cai (5.5 sacks, 32 yards for loss)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Lake on this week's matchup with Penn ...
"We're glad that we have one more game to go and one more opportunity to send our seniors out on a positive note. I think everyone has learned things from last week and they're ready to get going. The energy has been great this week. They know what to do. All of the mistakes that were made last week we've cleaned up and we're ready to press forward."
"We have our expectations. We'll come out there and show what we're made of. This week is about finishing. This week is about standing up after you fall down. And we've preached that this week. Penn is coming off a high after defeating Princeton so we are taking them seriously. We want to finish the season on a successful note."