MANSFIELD, Pa. – What started out as a rough first quarter finished on a high note for the Penn sprint football team as the Quakers overcame a Mansfield touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage to score 21 points of their own in the opening period en route to a 27-14 win.
Michael Wallace went for 90 yards on his first carry of the game to give Mansfield a 7-0 lead in its Homecoming game, rousing up the crowd and putting Penn on notice that the Mountaineers were ready for business.
However, the Quakers wasted little time answering, scoring a quick touchdown of their own. Whit Shaw took the ensuing kick off 62 yards to set up Penn with great field position at the Mansfield 18-yard line. Two plays later, Todd Busler completed a 15-yarder to Freddy Ordonez to square the game.
Penn’s defense held Mansfield on the next possession and the Mansfield punter did nothing to help his squad, punting for just 12 yards and giving the Quakers the ball at Mansfield’s 37.
The Red and Blue put together a 10-play drive for their next score, including seven Mike Bagnoli runs. It was Busler that put points on the board, sneaking in from the one to give Penn the lead, 14-7.
After Mark Dziemianowicz kicked off for a touchback, Penn’s defense pinned its ears back and forced Mansfield to punt again. This time, it was a Jack Miller sack that knocked MU back six yards and forced the punt.
On Penn’s next drive, Busler was 4-for-6 for 42 yards, including an 11-yarder to Shaw for another score.
Touchdowns were at a premium in the next two quarters, but Penn turned to its kicker, Raiam Santos for some insurance points. Santos connected on a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 25-yarder in the third to add six more points for the Quakers.
Mansfield added a touchdown late, on a Kode Plank 15-yard pass to Ben Anderton with 1:09 left, but Penn prevailed to improve to 2-0 in the CSFL and 4-0 overall.
Bagnoli finished with 155 yards rushing for the Quakers, giving him 2,096 yards rushing for his career. In the game, he became the fifth player in Penn history to reach the 2,000-yard mark for a career.
Busler went 11-for-19 passing with two touchdowns and no picks.
Alexander Star had nine tackles (eight unassisted), a forced fumble and one sack for the defense. Miller finished with five total stops, including a pair of sacks. Whit Shaw and Matt Cuccinello each had an interception.
The Quakers are back in action Oct. 22 at Cornell with a 7 p.m. kick off.