PHILADELPHIA It was a heartbreaking 16-7 loss for the Quakers. After two weeks off, Penn was ready to take down Army, the perennial CSFL leaders. But inconsistent play, turnovers and penalties kept the Quakers from scoring, and gave the Black Knights the win.
Army got on the board first, late in the first quarter, as quarterback Robert Miner completed a 37-yard pass to Wesley Pritchett with five minutes left. Sam Herbert’s kick was good, giving them a 7-0 lead. Despite many good drives in the first quarter, the Quakers couldn’t convert. Army would score again three minutes into the second quarter, when Herbert’s 28-yard field goal attempt was good. The Black Knights led, 10-0.
Two minutes later, the Quakers got on the board when senior running back J.T. Hutchinson scored on a 3-yard run. Peter Stine’s kick was good, and Penn was on the board, 10-7.
But with 31 seconds left in the half, Army scored again, as Nate Navarro ran it in from seven yards out to give the Black Knights the 16-7 lead. Herbert’s extra point attempt was blocked by Penn’s Thomas Davis, giving the Quakers momentum going into halftime.
It wasn’t enough, however. Despite good drives by both teams, no one would score again. Penn’s senior quarterback, Mike Loguidice, struggled to maintain a consistent passing game, as he went 10-for-26 with three interceptions and 166 passing yards. He was also sacked seven times, for a loss of 50 yards.
Hutchinson led the rushing game, with eight runs for 23 yards and one touchdown, while Michael D'Angelo was the top receiver with fivecatches for 56 yards. Marten Basta had two catches for 26 yards, and senior Tomas Altamirano had a huge 68-yard reception, which would be his only one of the night.
Defensively, Michael McMullen had a strong night, with seven solo tackles and five assists. Senior co-captain David Lopez also did well, with six solo tackles and six assists.
Army’s rushing game was too much for Penn, as they used many different runners to rack up 263 yards, out of 335 total offensive yards. QB Miner led the way with 20 rushes for 99 yards, while Navarro had 12 for 71 yards and a touchdown, and Justin Abbatacola had 13 rushes for 43 yards.
Up next, the Quakers will set their sights on redemption in Ithaca, N.Y next weekend. Not only will they look to bounce back from this tough loss, they will also be looking to avenge an earlier season loss against Cornell. Last time Penn saw the Big Red was in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for the Allegiance Bowl, where the Quakerslost 20-12.