After a long off season, the Post University sprint football team returns to action this week. The Eagles begin their season on the road against Army on Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Post will welcome the University of Pennsylvania to LaMoy Field on Saturday, Sept. 26 at noon in their home-opener.
Last year, the Eagles won three of their final four games, including a 48-6 victory over Princeton University in their season finale to finish at 4-3 for the second consecutive season. The 42-point margin of victory was the second-highest in the five-year history of the team.
Chestnut Hill becomes a member of the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL), replacing the Princeton Tigers on the Eagles’ slate. Chestnut Hill also competes against Post in all other sports as a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and becomes the ninth member of the CSFL.
After opening against Army and Penn, Post visits Franklin Pierce University (Oct. 3) in the annual Talon Cup game. The Eagles then return home for the inaugural CACC Bowl against Chestnut Hill (Oct. 10) and a game against defending conference champion Navy. Post is on the road against Mansfield University (Oct. 24) before closing the season out at LaMoy against Cornell on Halloween.
Post returns four All-CSFL performers from a year ago in Jay’Len Mahan, Chris Leggio, Rocco Guerrera, and Trevor Patterson. Mahan led Post with 439 receiving yards, five touchdowns and was second in the CSFL in all-purpose yards. Leggio made a team-high 49 tackles from the linebacker position. Guerrera had 159 receiving yards and also handled the kickoffs for Post. Patterson tied for the conference lead with three interceptions.
Coach Michael Mannetti has named Mahan and Leggio two of his captains. Junior quarterback Greg Volpe and defensive back Bernard Peterson will join them as team leaders. Volpe has been the Eagles starting quarterback for each of the last two years. Last season he threw for 1,091 yards, nine touchdowns and just two interceptions. Peterson had two picks in 2014, including a late takeaway in Post’s 21-18 win over Mansfield to seal the victory.
Just Mannetti and offensive coordinator Tim Shea remain from last year’s coaching staff. The staff features many former local high school head coaches including Rob Plasky from Naugatuck High School and Cortez Johnson from Sacred Heart. Former Eagles’ quarterback Cody Kingsley and defensive lineman Jashua Guadalupe also join the staff.
The Post athletic department released a Meet the Team video for the upcoming season so you can get to know the players. Be sure to come check out the Eagles in their home-opener on Sept. 26 at noon against the University of Pennsylvania!