PHILADELPHIA - After winning the Allegiance Bowl and being named co-CSFL Champions in 2010, Penn fans will get their first look at the 2011 sprint football team this Saturday as Alumni Weekend is upon us. The sprint football season officially gets underway next week against Princeton, but this weekend fans and friends of sprint football will have the opportunity to see former all-stars and current rising stars in the Alumni Game. The game will kickoff on Saturday at noon in what is just one of many events that are take place on campus during Alumni Weekend.
The weekend's alumni festivities officially get under way on Friday. After checking in and catching up with old friends, the alumni will have a workout at 6 p.m. on Franklin Field in anticipation of the game on Saturday. After the workout, the athlete and alumni networking event will take place in the Dunning Coaches' Center. This will give current members of the team a chance to meet with the sprint football players that came before them, while also building valuable relationships with prominent members in their professional fields. After the networking social, the alumni will close out the evening with a reception in the same location.
On game day, both teams will meet up at 8 a.m. for a pregame breakfast. After the breakfast, players will get into uniform and get ready for the kickoff at noon. The Alumni Game will be played in two 45-minute halves with a 15-minute halftime. After the game, a cookout will be held on Franklin Field. In addition to the cookout, more fun activities such as pony rides, clowns, and face painting will also be available for those alumni with young children. The weekend will then culminate with the awards ceremony where all the hard work from everybody involved with sprint football will be recognized for their efforts this past year.
In 2010, the Quakers' offense was led by a three-headed monster in the version of quarterback Todd Busler, running back Mike Bagnoli, and wide receiver Whit Shaw. This year, the reigning CSFL Player of the Year Bagnoli, a Class of 2011 graduate, makes the transition over to the alumni side, while Busler and Shaw remain to pace the returnees in 2011. Also returning from the CSFL Championship team on the offensive side of the ball will be Chris Twombly, Mathew Wetherell, and Tim Dugan. Kamil Okroj, Andrew Donald, Michael Bass, and Freddy Ordonez who will all be looking to provide depth to an extremely talented offense.
Defensively, captains Matt Cuccinello and Anthony DiBella anchor a strong front seven, while Justin Bass, Antony Krumbhaar, Hassan Siddiqui, Brandon Batzel, and Abhijeeth Ramesh will also play significant roles in shutting down the opposition's offense.
In last season's Alumni Game, the 2010 team defeated the Alumni 33-14. The 2010 sprint team jumped out to a 33-0 lead in the game, but the Alumni did not give up as they scored 14 points in the final minutes in an attempt to get back in the game.
The Alumni squad will receive reinforcements this season in the form of seven Class of 2011 graduates who will make the transition over to the Alumni squad. In addition to the aforementioned Bagnoli, Sam Biddle, Dave Hubsher, Gage O'Connell, Mike Paci, Ted Rawlings, and Raiam Dos Santos will all lace up their cleats again this weekend, standing on the alumni sideline.