PHILADELPHIA The Penn sprint football team began its season with win against Cornell Friday night, 17-3.
After a sluggish first half where neither team could findits offense, Penn was able to find the board in third quarter.
Penn started the second half with possession of the ball and worked the ball down the field, but was unable to find the end zone. Penn was forced to kick to put itself on the board, converting a 34-yardfield goaloff the foot of sophomore Mark Dziemianowicz to go ahead, 3-0.
In the same quarter, Penn started a 70-yard drive at its own 30. On a crucial fourth-and-six, head coach Bill Wagner kept the offense on. Senior quarterback Michael D'Angelo found the hands of senior Marten Basta for 22 yards and a Penn first down. On the very next play, D’Angelo relied again on his receivers, finding junior Clarke Armatis open in the end zone to extend the Quakers' lead to 10-0
The fourth quarter opened up with Cornell on Penn’s 15-yard line following a 39-yard pass from quarterback Elliot Corey to Michael Brennan, givingthe Big Reda first down and putting them in field goal range.
Cornell was unable to continue the drive and on fourth-and-six, and kicker Mitch Ottinger put the Big Red on the board with a 32-yard field goal to make it a one-possession game.
The Red and Blue’s first play of the fourth quarter was intercepted when Cornell’s Clay Hemminger picked off the ball at Penn’s 37-yard line, putting the Big Red in scoring position to tie the game. However,the Big Redwere unable to capitalize when,on second-and-ten, senior J. Andrew Feigenbaum intercepted a potential touchdown pass on Penn’s 8-yard line andreturned possession back to the Quakers.
Feigenbaum came through again on a Cornell drive that brought the Big Red to Penn’s 38-yard line. On second and seven,Corey fumbled the ball and Feigenbaum was there to recover it for the Quakers.
Following Feigenbaum’s recovery, Penn’s offense marched down the field. On first and ten on Cornell’s 13-yard line, Wifi Fernandez broke through an opening in the center and easily passed the end line, capping a six-play, 52-yard drive. The Quakers extended their lead to17-3 with little less then three minutes on the clock.
In the lasttwo minutes of play, Penn’s defense kept Cornell from gaining yardage, forcing the Big Red to attempt fourth-down conversations which were unsuccessful. That allowedPenn’s offense to run the clock to its first win of the season.
Penn finished the game with 17 first downs over Cornell’s seven. In addition, the Quakers led with 225 total offense yards.
D’Angelo threw for 180 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore Mike Bagnoli led the team in rushing with 52 yards on 15 carries. Fernadez followed with 36 yards rushing on eight carries. Armatis and Basta led the Quakers in catches, both pulling down five apiece for a combined 112 yards.
Sophomore Gage O'Connell led the team in tackles, recording eight. John Curran, Christian Corrigan and Michael McMullen tallied six each.
Penn heads to Princeton, N.J. next Friday to take on the Tigers. The Quakers will be back on Franklin Field Oct. 10 to play Army.