PHILADELPHIA - Sunshine covered Franklin Field and another milestone in the start of a fresh era for football at the University of Pennsylvania. Head Coach Ray Priore oversaw the conclusion of his first spring season at the helm of the Quakers with the annual Red vs. Blue Spring Game on Saturday afternoon.
The annual Red vs. Blue matchup to conclude the spring season was officially named the H. Samuel Greenawalt W'51 Spring Game in honor of the former Penn football standout and supporter. Greenawalt was set to attend the game, but passed away just two weeks ago. The program honored the late former Quaker at a postgame reception and dinner.
A little different than the typical Spring Game, the annual Red vs. Blue Spring Game is a simulated, situational scrimmage between offense and defense. Since its not a traditional Spring Game, the coaching staff has its own scoring system. It includes points for the offense for first downs, big plays (12+ yds), scores, etc. The defense gets points for each drive stop, negative yardage play, turnovers, etc.
During the team situations, quarterback Alek Torgersen led a 70-yard touchdown drive and capped it with a seven-yard spurt to the end zone. Quarterback Andrew Lisa also finished a scoring drive with his feet on a short touchdown run. In addition, Brian Schoenauer had some big runs with the first-team offense.
Lisa was also a part of the top two highlights from practice as he found an open Peter Whiteneck deep down the sideline for a 40-yard score, and then later connected with a slanting Mason Bryant over the middle of the field for a 30-yard catch, run and score. Though Lisa was the victim of one of the top defensive moments of the afternoon -- a full-extenstion inteception from Kylan Philbert-Richardson.
Prior to the Spring Game, the Quakers also held an Alumni Combine where they invited former players to participate in several NFL Combine events. Sebastian Jaskowski W'04, who was tops in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.69, was joined by Michael Sangobowlae C'05, who benched 225 lbs., an impressive 22 times; Doug O'Neill W'00, who had the day's highest vertical jump (33 inches); and former standouts Bobby Fallon W'05, Matt Makovsky C'05 and Sean Kirwan C'04.
Earlier this week, the Quakers named their first team captain in the Ray Priore era. Four-year-old cancer patient Vhito DeCapria. Watch here.
The Quakers, who also held a bone marrow drive for the 'Be the Match' registry program during the spring season, have officially wrapped up their spring practice schedule - just in time with finals fast approaching at Penn.