PHILADELPHIA – The Penn sprint football team made quite a statement tonight, as they bounced back from their first week loss to Cornell to defeat Princeton, 50-15.
The first score of the night came less than three minutes into the game, as senior quarterback Mike Loguidice connected with Tomas Altamirano for nine yards, and the game’s first touchdown. Peter Stine’s kick was good, to get the Quakers on the board, 7-0. Four minutes later, senior running back J.T. Hutchinson ran it in from the six-yard line. Stine was solid again, putting Penn up 14-0. With just three minutes left in the first quarter, senior Matt McConville got the ball across the goal line from the one, to put the Quakers up 21-0.
Fifteen seconds into the second quarter, Loguidice connected with receiver Marten Basta, for 11 yards and the 28-0 lead. Princeton finally got on the board with two minutes left in the half, as quarterback Alex Kandabarow ran it in from the three-yard line. Kandabarow connected with sophomore Lon Johnson for the extra two points, and the Tigers went into halftime trailing 28-8.
Midway through the third quarter, the Quakers found the end zone again. Loguidice connected with McConville for a nine-yard touchdown, and the 34-8 lead. On the extra point, Penn pulled a fast one on the Tigers, when Stine came on the field to take the kick. But instead of the regular extra point attempt, Loguidice took the snap and ran, passing to Michael McMullen in the end zone, for the two point conversion and a 36-8 lead. Loguidice continued his hot streak, and found Jonathan Rosenberg in the end zone, with just 29 seconds left in the third quarter. Stine’s kick was good again, and the Quakers increased their lead to 43-8 heading into the last quarter of play.
One minute into the fourth quarter, the Tigers managed to get to the end zone again, as Kandabarow connected with Johnson for 23 yards, and their second touchdown of the game. But the 43-15 lead was only going to get bigger. With six and a half minutes left in the game, freshman DB Greg Hollander intercepted one of Kandabaow’s passes, and returned it 36 yards for his first collegiate touchdown, giving the Quakers the 50-15 victory.
Head coach Bill Wagner was pleased with the way his team played against the Tigers.
“Both our offensive and defensive lines, after a hard week of practice, really dominated the line of scrimmage,” Wagner said. “Our defense held them to 11 yards rushing, and our offense put 43 points on the board. I also think we had an outstanding special teams effort, especially on our return kicking game.”
Altamirano was the star of the special teams’ effort, as he returned eight punts for 170 yards.
Defensively, the Quakers had many outstanding players contribute in the win. Michael McMullen led the team with four solo tackles, while Nicholas Dinges, Peter Stevens, Andrew Migdail, and David Lopez all had three solo tackles each.
Offensively, the seniors led the way again. Loguidice was 9-13, with 105 yards, and four touchdowns, Hutchinson had nine carries for 66 yards and a touchdown, and McConville had seven carries for 74 yards and a TD of his own. Hutchinson was also the team’s leading receiver, as he had two catches for 37 yards.