Box Score (Penn 48, Princeton 12)
PHILADELPHIA - Recording 283 yards on the ground, including 179 yards and two rushing touchdowns by senior Mike Bagnoli, Penn overcame hosting Princeton, 48-12, in the 2010 season-opener Friday night. Whit Shaw crossed the goal-line three times, while Colin Dampier and Mark Dziemianowicz each tallied a defensive touchdown in the victory.
The Quakers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on their first two possessions, as Bagnoli rushed 31-yards for his first score of the season. Shaw then caught an eight-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Todd Busler, and freshman Freddy Ordonez and Busler connected to complete the two-point conversion.
With just 34 seconds left in the first quarter, Dampier intercepted a pass by Princeton quarterback Jais Zachariah and ran 58-yards for the score to put Penn up 21-0.
A scoreless second quarter for both sides set the stage for Bagnoli's 71-yard touchdown run after the Penn defense held the Tigers to a three-and-out to open the third quarter. Princeton answered with a 41-yard run by Andrew Gabriel to put the Tigers on the board. However, Shaw responded with his second touchdown of the night with a 53-yard run to make the score 35-6.
Usually found punting or kicking, senior Mark Dziemianowicz found a new niche on defense as made his first career interception and ran it back 28-yards for a touchdown with 11:01 left in the fourth quarter.
Princeton's Kees Thompson caught a 75-yard pass from Zachariah to make the score 41-12 with nine minutes to go in the game, but as soon as the Tigers kicked off, Shaw scampered 81-yards on the return and Raiam Santos' point-after kick capped the night off.
The Quakers are back in action next Friday when they host newcomer to the CSFL, Post University, at 7 p.m. on Franklin Field.