MU sprint football travels to Penn
The Mansfield University sprint football team will try to shake off its first loss of the season when the Mountaineers travel to Philadelphia Friday night to take on the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at historic Franklin Field.
Fans who can't travel to Philadelphia can listen to all the action with ESPN Radio Williamsport and Ian Catherine which will be streamed, along with live stats, on GoMounties.com.
Fans in the Mansfield area can also listen to the game live on WNTE 89.5 FM with Brian Armstrong and Cody Carlson.
Both teams are 1-1 overall on the season after Mansfield suffered a 52-6 setback to Army and Penn edged newcomer Franklin Pierce 24-20 last week.
Mansfield, which beat Princeton 23-16 in the season opener, is 1-1 in CSFL play while Penn is 0-1 in the league after dropping a 42-34 decision to Cornell in its season opener in six overtimes.
It marks the second straight trip to Franklin Field for the Mountaineers who dropped a 39-14 decision to the Quakers last season.
Mansfield has not beaten Penn in four tries since starting its sprint football program in 2008.In last year's game, then freshman running back Michael Beamish led Penn with a 163-yard rushing performance. He is the son of former Mountaineer All-Conference linebacker and assistant coach Mike Beamish and spent his early years in Mansfield.
Mansfield was paced by quarterback Mike Doyle who completed 12-of-14 passes for 139-yards and a touchdown.Mansfield struggled to find an offensive rhythm in last week's loss to Army gaining just 66-yards in total offense.
Three Mountaineer quarterbacks, Mike Maniscalco, Mike Doyle and Ben Pepper combined to connect on 12-of-26 passes for 60-yards but were intercepted three times.
Junior David Wallace led the receiving corps with six catches for 34-yards while freshman Casey Huff had three grabs for 10-yards.
Freshman running back John Brockington, who rushed for 85-yards in the season opening win at Princeton, was held to 34-yards on 11 carries. Senior defensive back Michael Wang led the defense with 17 tackles with Jake Myers recording 13 stops and Justin DiMatteo and Tim Carr 11 each.
Penn, which got a 73-yard TD reception by Whit Shaw with 9 seconds left to rally past Franklin Pierce on Sunday, has the second-leading offense in the CSFL this season averaging 416 yards per game.
The Quakers' Michael Beamish tops the CSFL in rushing, averaging 136.5 yards per game while quarterback Keith Braccia is third in the league in passing connecting on 24-of-62 passes for 376 yards and five touchdowns. He has been intercepted four times.
Senior Whit Shaw is fourth in the CSFL in receiving with 12 catches for 261 yards and a league-best six touchdowns.
Mansfield returns home next Saturday to host Post University as one of the highlights of 2012 Homecoming Weekend.