PHILADELPHIA - In Post University's first game playing in the Collegiate Sprint Football League, Penn topped the newcomers, 42-14, Friday night at Franklin Field. Quarterback Todd Busler rushed for a touchdown, as well as throwing a total of 210 yards and connecting with receivers Whit Shaw and Andrew Donald on two other scores. Senior Mike Bagnoli rushed for 139 yards on the night, including two touchdowns.
The Quakers got on the board with 7:21 left in the first quarter on Busler's six yard run after Antony Krumbhaar forced a Post fumble on the Eagle's 11-yard-line.
In the second quarter, the Quakers put the ball in the hands of Bagnoli for seven straight calls, ending with a four-yard run into the end zone. From there, the Red and Blue's defense forced three consecutive three-and-outs, setting up Penn for two more touchdowns before halftime.
Shaw scored the first one on an 82-yard pass from Busler, and showed off his athleticism, zigzagging across the field and breaking what seemed like sure tackles along the way. Just two and a half minutes later, Busler connected with freshman Andrew Donald on a 50-yard pass for a touchdown to put the Quakers up 28-0 at the break.
A battle of the defenses in the third forced three consecutive punts and a scoreless quarter, but set up Post's first score in school history off an interception by David Boyle and a 37-yard pass from Sir-Darryl Johnson to Daniel Awwad. At 14:19 in the fourth, Mike Chance rushed the one yard through the defensive line to make the score 28-6.
After working their way down the field on the next drive, Bagnoli added another TD for Penn on a three-yard run, and Raiam Santos booted his fifth point-after through the uprights. Senior Ted Rawlings put the ball back into the hands of Penn's offense after picking Johnson's pass and returning 28-yards before getting pulled down at the two-yard line. Chris Twombly ran it in on the next play to extend the Red and Blue's lead to 42-6.
However, Post crossed the goal-line for a second time in its first game on a nine play drive, ending on Johnson's five-yard pass to Rashaun Reid in the back corner of the end zone. The Eagles executed the two-point conversion to cap the score at 42-14 with five minutes remaining.
Penn totaled 440 yards of offense, including 230 yards on the ground, as well as 210 in the air, including Shaw's 129. In addition to Bagnoli's 139 rushing yards, Twombly added 64.
Matt Cuccinello piloted the Quaker defense with six tackles, including two solo sacks and assisting in a third. Alexander Starr made nine tackles on the night, while Krumbhaar and Joe Cookson each added five. The defense held Post to just 169 yards of total offense.
The Quakers have a big week ahead of them as they prepare for the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl being played in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Penn will face Navy at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 2nd on Saratoga Springs High School Football Field. Click here to learn more about the upcoming game and to purchase tickets.