MANSFIELD, Pa. The Penn sprint football team was victorious against Mansfield, 34-12, on Saturday afternoon. In the first matchup between the two teams, the Quakers scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and two in the fourth to seal the win.
In the opening drive of the game, sophomore Mike Bagnoli worked through the defense to rush into the end zone for five yards and the Red and Blue’s first touchdown of the afternoon.
On the Mounties first offensive play of the game, Desmen Johnson fumbled the ball and Penn’s Sam Biddle was there to recover it on
Mansfield 32-yard line and quickly give the Quakers back possession of the ball.
The Quakers made the Mounties pay for the fumble, as Wifi Fernandez cruised into the end zone. Mark Dziemianowicz’s exta point attempt was good and Penn went up, 14-0.
Penn notched its third touchdown following a 27-yard punt return by Bagnoli that set up the Quakers on Mansfield’s 33-yard line. On the second play of the drive, quarterback Michael D'Angelo found the hands of Marten Basta for the 28-yard touchdown.
At the start of the second quarter the Mounties got on the board following a 44-yard punt return by James Wronski that was good enough for the touchdown. Michael Steele’s field goal attempt went wide.
J. Andrew Feigenbaum recorded an interception late into the quarter, but time ran out before the Quakers offense could start their drive. Penn went into halftime with a 21-6 lead.
The Mounties brought it to a two possession game at the bottom of the third quarter. Lucas Baily set up Mansfield on Penn’s 17 following his 37-yard punt return. The Mounties sealed its second touchdown when Ryan Bernaiche caught a 17-yard pass.
The final quarter opened with a Penn touchdown. Fernandez broke though the Mounties defense to rush 22 yards into the end zone. The Quakers attempted a two-point conversion, but was unsuccessful.
D’Angelo recorded the final touchdown of the day. On 3rd down and 1, D’Angelo found a hole and rushed into the end zone. D’Angelo ended the day with 163 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Offensively, Bagnoli tallied a total of 115-yards and one touchdown on 17 carries. Fernandez finished with 41 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Basta led the receivers with 95 yards and one touchdown.
Michael McMullen led the defense with a career-high eight solo tackles and assisted on four more. The defense limited the Mounties to only nine first downs and 189 total offensive yards.
The Quakers are back on Franklin Field to host Army next Friday, Oct. 10. Game time is set for 7 p.m.