There was little doubt that the Sprint Football Alumni came to Franklin Field ready to play on Sept. 11. TheAlumnidefeated the 2004 version of the Quakers, 20-14.
The Quakers got on the board first on a 13-yard run by Mike Loguidice. First-team All-CSFL Patrick Monaghan picked up the two-point conversion to put the Red and Blue up, 8-0. Just 14 minutes later, J.T. Hutchinson put Penn ahead 14-0 on a 31-yard run.
But the Alumni did not back down. Tim Murphy caught an eight-yard throw from Jimmer Donapel to cut the deficit to 14-6. Just eight minutes in to the second half, the Alumni continued to press, as Clint Schmidt scored on a 19-yard pass from Tim Ortman. After a good point-after attempt, the score was tied 14-14. Both teams battled defensively, but it was the Alumni who came out on top as Mark Gannon recorded the decisive touchdown on an eight-year run.
Donapel was back tolast season'srecord-breaking form, throwing for 100 yards, on 8-12 passing, and a touchdown. Steven Schickramalso had a solid day rushing for 93 yards on 10 carries.
For the Quakers, Loguidice looked ready for the 2004 season throwing for 75 yards on 6-8 passing. Hutchinson also turned in a strong performance rushing for 75 yards, includinghis touchdown run. Monaghan racked up 66 yards receiving on five catches.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communciations assistant.