Football Slips and Slides Through Spring Game

PHILADELPHIA - “If we have to play any games in the rain this year,” said Penn football Head Coach Al Bagnoli, “We’ll be allset.”

That pretty much summed up Penn’s annual Spring Game on Sunday, played in a cold,gusty downpour thanks to the Nor’Easter affecting the mid-Atlantic. The intra-squad scrimmage served as a tune-up for the 2007 season.

There was plenty of slipping, sliding and fumbling, and Penn’s new-look no-huddle offense had trouble settling down as a result.

“It’s hard to gauge where we’re at based on this game because of the weather,” Bagnoli said. “But I will say that the spring up to this has been very good. The weather really put a damper on what we were able to run as an offense.”

Penn’s defense had no trouble with the weather, putting constant pressure on the quarterback and unloading some big hits on their offensive counterparts. In addition to four sacks, the run defenseprevented muchoffensive movementand forced a number offumbles.

The only scoring in the game came late, both rushing touchdowns of 15 and five yards by rising sophomore Kyle Derham. The offense, modified by new offensive coordinator Bill Schmitz, featured an up-tempo no-huddle style.

The spring game was not played as a true game but set up as a scrimmage; no official statisticsor score were kept, and no special teams play occured.

Due to schedulingchanges,the Quakers did not end the spring season with the game. They have two more practices left in preparation for the 2007 season, on April 17 and 18, both at 9 p.m.