ANNAPOLIS, Md. Penn’s sprint football team was able to take the lead over Navy heading into the half, but couldnot hold off the undefeated reigning CSFL champions, ultimately falling, 26-7, on Friday night.
Both teams relied on its defense in the first quarter. Penn and Navy traded interceptions to keep either team from getting on the board in the first quarter.
Jacques Beauvais recorded Penn’s interception when he brought down a pass in the end zone to prevent Navy from getting an early lead. The Midshipmen returned the favor at the very beginning of the second quarter, when James Campbell caught an interception at Navy’s 45-yard line and returned it to Penn’s 38.
The Midshipmen were unable to capitalize on the interception when on fourth and one, John Curran brought down the quarterback for a loss of eight.
It wasn’t until Navy recorded its second interception with a little over a minute left on the clock that the 0-0 draw was broken. Tate Jarred captured the ball at Navy’s 37 and rushed for 63 yards into the end zone for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked by Christian Corrigan and the Midshipmen went up by six.
Penn acquired the ball with 1:16 left in the half and were forced to work quicklyto keep from headinginto the half behind. The Quakers were setup on their own 35 following the kickoff return. The Quakers broke into Navy territory on second and one when Quarterback Michael D'Angelo passed to Michael Stack for a 20-yard gain.
The Red and Blue utilized a timeout to stop the clock with 17 seconds left. D’Angelo went to the air again, but was unsuccessful on first and 10. Determined to score, D’Angelo again went to his passing game, and this time he found the hands of Stack for the 44-yard pass and the touchdown with no time left on the clock. Mark Dziemianowicz's extra point was good and Penn finished the half ahead of the defending CSFL champions, 7-6.
The Midshipmen took the lead early in the second half when Erner Persinger blocked Raiam Dos Santos’ punt and recovered it on Penn’s 9-yard line. On third and goal, D.J. Green snuck in for the touchdown. Navy attempted a two-point conversion but was unsuccessful.
In the fourth quarter, Penn had its best chance in the second halfto add more points of the board. On fourth and goal on Navy’s 7-yard line the Quakers opted to go for the touchdown, but the attempt unsuccessful. Navy never relinquished its lead, adding two more touchdowns to seal the win.
Despite the loss, the defense was able to limit Navy to 248 yards a team that averages 360. Corrigan finished the night with one sack, eight tackles, and one blocked kick. J. Andrew Feigenbaum recorded seven solo tackles and assisted on four more, in addition to an interception. Sam Biddle notched five solo tackles and aided in five more.
Offensively, D’Angelo passed for 190 yards on 15 completions. Stack caught four passes for 89 yards.
The Quakers finish their season next Friday, October 31 when they take on Princeton for senior night. The two teams met already this season, with Penn prevailing 43-0.