Offense Takes Control in Spring Game

Spring Game Stats

PHILADELPHIA - Running back Spencer Kulcsar ran for two touchdowns and quarterback Billy Ragone was 10-of-12 passing for 144 yards and two more touchdowns as the offense scored six times during the 2012 Spring Game Saturday at historic Franklin Field.

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. This year, the offense won decisively.

The offense took control from the start. On the first drive of the day, they went 65 yards on 10 plays. Ragone was 3-for-3 for 25 yards and set up Ryan Becker's 10-yard touchdown pass to wideout Cole Stern.

Two drives later, quarterback Andrew Holland led the Quakers quickly downfield. He connected with wide receiver Ryan Mitchell for 16 and 20 yards to set up Kulscar's four-yard touchdown run to the corner of the East end zone.

Moments later, Ragone connected with Mitchell King, who is vying to replace three-time All-Ivy tight end Luke Nawrocki, for a 12-yard touchdown.

The offense scored four times in the first five drives. The last of which was a six-play drive where quarterback Patton Chillura was 2-for-2 and set up Kulscar's seven-yard score.

The defense began to punch back after defensive back Sebastian Jaskowski came up with an impressive interception along the sideline. The Quakers defense got a few more stops that included sacks from C.J. Mooney, Dan Reardon and Tosan Eyetsemitan and the second interception of the day from sophomore Trevor Niemann, who missed his entire freshman campaign due to injury.

It was the offense that ended on a high note though. With Ragone back on the field, he connected with wideout Tommy Eggleston for 15 yards. On the next play, Ragone threw a strike to Eggleston in the end zone for the fifth touchdown of the day.

Jeff Jack, who will be entering his senior year in 2012, capped the scoring with a seven-yard burst through the middle. He finished with 33 yards on six carries. Eric Fiore led the Quakers with seven carries and 37 yards.

Fourteen different Quakers had a reception. Mitchell finished with a team-high six catches for 64 yards. Eggleston had four receptions for 57 yards and Jason Seifert added 57 yards on two catches.

Becker was 8-of-15 for 87 yards and a score. Chillura finished 6-for-8 for 41 yards and Holland was 7-of-11 for 100 yards.

Among those that did not play Sunday afternoon were defensive lineman Brandon Copeland, fullback Greg Schuster, running back Lyle Marsh, wideout Conner Scott, defensive back Kevin Ijoma, tight end Ryan O'Malley, defensive back Sam Chwarzynski and defensive back Ade Jackson. All were for precautionary reasons.

Some other notables and insights into the 2012 edition of the Penn Quakers: Zack Tabor took the longsnapping duties to replace Ed Kispert, who graduates in May after spending the last two seasons at the position; the Red and Blue return four offensive lineman with Steve Szostak filling in for the slot left by two-time All-Ivy honoree Greg Van Roten; Fiore served as Penn's punt returner, which was a job held by All-Ivy defensive back Matt Hamscher in 2011.

For many of the Quakers, this marks the first spring season where the Quakers are not defending Ivy League champions. Last year, the offense scored four times - three touchdowns and a field goal. Holland and Scott had the game's highlight with a 50-yard touchdown pass and catch. At the 2009 Spring Game, the offense only managed a single score - and that came on the final play of the scrimmage. However, that was against a defense that would eventually go on to rank No. 1 in the nation. In 2010, the offense saw much more success with a decidedly better day than the defense (which ranked atop the Ivy League) en route to finishing the 2010 campaign with the sixth-best rushing attack in the nation.

The end of the spring season also means the announcement of the team captains. The team will vote for the 2012 team captains in the upcoming week. The official release of the captains can then be found at PennAthletics.com.

The Quakers, who recently held a bone marrow drive for the 'Be the Match' registry program, have just two practices remaining. They will officially wrap up their spring practice schedule on Thursday - just in time with finals fast approaching.


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