Oct. 10, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army sprint football will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday night for a showdown with CSFL foe Penn. Kickoff with the Quakers is slated for 7 p.m., at historic Franklin Field. The Black Knights enter the game with a flawless 4-0 mark, including 3-0 in league contests, while the Quakers show a 2-1 record and are 1-1 against conference teams.
Last Time Out
Cheered on by packed stands at Shea Stadium in their home opener, the Black Knights cruised to a 38-14 victory over Cornell on Oct. 5. The Big Red were held scoreless until late in the third quarter as the Army defense sacked Cornell’s QB nine times and limited its ground game to just 10 total yards. Army QB Javier Sustaita and wideout Cody Nyp put together a highlight reel of touchdown receptions, tacking on scores of 29, 46 and 62 yards.
Army’s offense is once again leading the way in the CSFL, averaging 48.8 points and 519.8 yards per game. The Black Knights’ offensive weapons come in all sorts of a shapes and sizes this season, with senior RB Marquis Morris leading the ground game, Sustaita highlighting the passing game, and Nyp and junior Tom Jeffers headlining the receiving corps. Morris is averaging a career-best 95.8 rushing yards per game, while Sustaita is passing for 322.8 yards per contest. Nyp and Jeffers have been the most consistent targets for Sustaita, with Nyp catching 23 passes for a 102-yard average and seven TDs, and Jeffers with a team-high 33 receptions to go along with four scores and a 93-yard average.
The Army defense collected a season-high nine quarterback sacks on Friday night against Cornell, including three by senior Rob Reckner. Midway through the first quarter, with the Big Red threatening in Army territory, the Black Knights recorded back-to-back-to-back sacks for a combined loss of 22 yards, pushing Cornell out of field goal range and forcing the Big Red to punt. Army cracked the scoring column on its ensuing possession. This season, the Black Knight D has totaled 21 sacks for a combined 122 yards. Senior Noah Currie highlights in the individual performances with his 3.5 sacks at Mansfield on Sept. 29.
The Quakers show a 2-1 record, with their lone loss coming in six overtimes against Cornell in their season opener (Sept. 14). Last Friday night, Penn defeated Mansfield, 16-13. Mike Beamish, who totaled 123 yards rushing against the Mountaineers, has been the leader of the Penn ground game this season, averaging 132 yards per contest. QB Keith Braccia is averaging 143.3 yards passing per contest and is also a threat on the ground, averaging nearly 40 yards rushing per game and accounting for three TDs. The Penn defense has collected 19 sacks through three games, led by Mack Pierson who has been credited with five.
The Army-Penn Series
The Black Knights and Quakers have met 56 times in program history with Army leading the all-time series 50-6. The Black Knights have won the three most recent games between the two CSFL rivals, with Penn’s last victory coming in 2008 in Philadelphia. Army defeated Penn in the 2011 meeting, 58-44, at West Point.
Army will recognize its 17-member senior class when the Black Knights host Princeton on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. The Tigers face soon-to-be CSFL member Franklin Pierce this Friday night at Princeton Stadium.