October 31, 2003

Sprints Conclude Season

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Tonight, the sprint football team will complete its season against Collegiate Sprint Football League powerhouse Army. The Red suffered a 41-14 loss against Army in its season opener, and while the team has taken steps forward over the last month and a half, this game will really test its progress.

The only loss Army has had so far this season was at the hands of defensive juggernaut Navy. Head coach Terry Cullen knows that shutting down the Amry offense will be a challenge. The Red, whose record currently stands at 2-3, will be at home trying to finish its season with a win, and in doing so, even its record at 3-3.

Cornell is coming off a tough loss to the Penn, in which it lost, 21-6, and committed six turnovers. It was the first time this season when turnovers have been a problem for the Red, which usually protects the ball and is very solid on special teams.

Cullen does not expect turnovers to be a problem in tonight’s game against Army. The problem he knows he is going to be encountering in tonight’s game is how to limit Army quarterback George Feagins. In the Red’s first meeting with Army, Feagins contributed 233 total yards, 113 in the air and 120 on the ground. This will be especially difficult because Cornell’s defensive line is banged up.

Stopping Feagins is one of the goals for the Red, the other is getting the offense going. Cornell has demonstrated its ability to score, putting up over 40 points twice this season in winning efforts. The losses have come when the Red offense is limited. In each of its losses, the Red has been held to 14 points or less. To get the scoring going, Cornell will rely primarily on running backs junior John Falzone and freshman Michael Fullowan to carry the load as they have all season.

The Red also needs strong performances from its young quarterbacks, sophomore Alec Macaulay and freshman Nick LiVigne. As usual, Macaulay will start and take about two thirds of the snaps, while LiVigne will take the other one third of the snaps. Both quarterbacks have shown flashes of brilliance over the course of the season, and demonstrated their potential, but need to be at their best for tonight’s showdown.

The passing game, is often only as good as the receiving. This year, senior standout wide receiver Henry Kim has been the quarterbacks’ favorite target. Kim has racked up nearly 250 yards, but has not gotten into the end zone yet this season. Kim hopes to end his five-game scoreless streak tonight by getting into the end zone in the team’s final game.

Archived article by Nick Raho