Sprint Football Downed by Navy 37-11

PHILADELPHIA - Navy took control early and never looked back as Penn fell 37-11 on Senior Night Friday at Franklin Field. The Midshipmen controlled the game 31-0 through three quarters before the Quakers were able to make a mark on the scoreboard.

Penn looked to strike first on its first drive of the game, but Raiam Santos' 54-yard field goal attempt landed just short of the goal post to give Navy possession. On their first drive, the Midshipmen took a 7-0 lead after Nate Stewart rushed the ball on three straight carries then Tyler Terronez passed to Eric Montgomery for the score.

With just over four minutes left in the first quarter, Ted Rawlings' interception put Penn in a good position to answer back, but Navy's suffocating defense forced Penn to punt.

In the second quarter Stewart took command and rushed for two touchdowns to give the Midshipmen a 21-0 lead at the half.

A nine play first drive to start the second half resulted in a successful 33-yard field goal for Navy.

Navy quickly got back possession of the ball on an interception by Mike Nolan. Penn's defense forced the Midshipmen to punt away, however, the 38-yard kick downed at Penn's 1-yard line proved to be disastrous for the Quakers. In an attempt to rush the ball away from the end zone, Navy stripped it loose to give the Mids possession just one yard from the goal line. Mike McLaughlin ran it in for the score and a 31-0 advantage.

Penn finally tallied some points in the fourth quarter, when Santos made a 35-yard field goal after an 11 play drive down the field.

The night was capped with Denzel Reina's 80-yard touchdown dash for Navy followed by Penn's lone touchdown. Mike Bagnoli rushed three consecutive plays to get to the end zone, and Todd Busler's pass to Whit Shaw for the two point conversion made the final 37-11.

Busler passed for 90 yards while Bagnoli led Penn's offense with 189 yards rushing. On defense Sam Biddle made 9 solo tackles and Rawlings totaled eight and an interception.

The Quakers play their final game of the 2009 season next Thursday at Princeton.