Oct. 27, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army sprint football will look to remain perfect in College Sprint Football League action on Friday night when conference rival Penn comes to West Point. The meeting between 2010’s co-CSFL champions is slated to kickoff at 7 p.m. at Shea Stadium.
Army’s Last Game...The Black Knights (4-1, 4-0 CSFL) defeated first-time foe Post 57-43 at Shea Stadium on Oct. 21. Junior QB Javier Sustaita passed for 353 yards and four TDs while also rushing for a game-high 76 yards and four scores. Senior defensive back JP Cooper snagged two interceptions, forced a fumble and made nine tackles to lead the defense. Army fell behind 25-7 midway through the second quarter before reeling off 28 straight points to capture the lead. The Eagles jumped ahead by one with four minutes remaining before Sustaita rushed for two straight TDs to clinch the Army victory.
Penn Versus Princeton...The Quakers (4-1, 3-1 CSFL) defeated Cornell 35-28 in Philadelphia last Friday. Todd Busler passed for 398 yards to lead Penn’s offensive attack, while Whit Shaw tallied 101 yards receiving. Alexander Starr led the defense with two sacks and the game’s lone interception.
Army-Penn All-Time Series...The Black Knights and Quakers have met 55 times in program history with Army leading the all-time series 49-6. The Black Knights have won the two most recent games between the two CSFL rivals, with Penn’s last victory coming in 2008 in Philadelphia.
A Meeting Between Co-Champions...Army and Penn earned co-CSFL Champion honors last season after each team finished with a 4-1 record in league play. Despite the Black Knights winning the head-to-head matchup against the Quakers, the two teams shared the conference title. It marked Army’s 31st CSFL title and the third time the Black Knights shared the belt with Penn.
Another Week, Another Honor...The Black Knights have had their presence felt in the CSFL weekly awards, earning a recognition following every game this season. Most recently, junior QB Javier Sustaita and senior DB JP Cooper were named co-offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively. Senior WR Ben Johnson was tabbed Special Teams Player of the Week following Week 5, while junior wide receiver Cody Nyp collected Offensive Player of the Week accolades following Weeks 3 and 4, and sophomore wide receiver Tom Jeffers earned the offensive honor after Week 1. The Black Knights are tied with Penn for most weekly honors in 2011 with six.
Army-Navy Star Game...The Black Knights will play their final game of the 2011 season on Nov. 4 when service academy rival Navy comes to West Point. The second meeting between the two storied rivals this season, next Friday’s contest will serve as the 2011 Star Game. The Midshipmen won the season-opening game 38-20 at the Allegiance Bowl in Saratoga Springs.