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Penn sprint football is hungry for another big win.

Coming off a bye week, the well-rested Quakers will look to start the second half of their Collegiate Sprint Football League season on a positive note when they take on winless Post under the Friday night lights of Franklin Field.

The Eagles (0-4, 0-2 CSFL North Division), who have not won a sprint football game since 2014, have been held scoreless in three out of their four games so far this season and have been outscored by a combined margin of 165-19. They will have to go up against the prolific offense of the Red and Blue (3-1, 2-0 CSFL South), averaging 37 points a game and fresh off a week’s break.

“We’re feeling really good," senior captain Marcus Jones said. "We were able to relax a little bit and watch a lot more film this week because we didn’t have to prepare for anyone last Friday. We’ve had a lot of time to rest and make sure our head is right for the last half of the season to take it where we want to go."

Penn has the upper hand in terms of history, winning the last two meetings against Post, including a 41-12 victory last year, and will look to replicate recent success this week. The Eagles are the only team still searching for a win in the league so far this season — and the Quakers want to keep it that way.

“We’re excited for Post. I think we have a chance to put up some good offensive and defensive numbers against them, so I think we’re all looking forward to the game,” sophomore quarterback Eddie Jenkins said.

The Quakers will use this game as a tune-up before a pivotal encounter with Navy next weekend. Since Penn and Navy are both currently undefeated in the CSFL South Division, their matchup will effectively determine which team will go to the inaugural league championship as the division winner. It will be crucial for the Red and Blue to carry as much positive momentum heading to Annapolis as possible.

“This week we’re all focused entirely on Post, and once Saturday morning hits, we’ll watch the film and start getting ready for Navy. We don’t want to look past Post, but we know that game coming up in two weeks is going to be a big one,” Jenkins said.

Jones echoed his remarks and looked even further towards the future, with the championship in his sights.

“Every game after [the loss against] Army has become a must-win, whether that team is in our division or not in the league, so we just want to go out and play our game every week so we can get to the rematch with Army at the championship.”

The journey continues this Friday.

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