PHILADELPHIA More than 200 alumni, family and friends made it back to Franklin Field for the 15th annual alumni game. The weekend included many different festivities; however, the highlight was the matchup between the alumni who played sprint football at Penn and the 2008 team.
As in most years, the current team beat the Alumni. However, this year the Alumni came out strong and the 2008 team beat them by the small margin of 16-6.
The Quakers got on the board first with a safety just minutes into the game. Penn increased its margin over the alums when freshman quarterback Todd Busler found sophomore Joe Portelli in the back of the end zone for the first touchdown.
The alums came close to their first touchdown, when quarterback Michael Loguidice’06connected on a series of passes to receivers Patrick Monaghan ’04and Tim Murphy ’03to bring the alums to the Penn1-yard line. However, a sack by Gordon Murphy, several incomplete passes, and a dwindling clock thwarted the alums first half chance.
During the second half, both Penn teams, new and old, were able to add points to the board.
The first points of the second half went to the Quakers, although it was not before Alumni Rich Stern ’64 recorded a tackle on the alumni 1-yard line and stopped Mike Bagnoli ’11 from passing the end line. In the very next play, Busler sneaked into the end zone for a two yard rush increasing the Quaker lead to 16-0.
Despite thoughts that this game would be similar to last year’s 20-0 shutout, the alums rallied back on a fourth down play. With 37 seconds left on the clock, Loguidice found Clint Schmidt’97for the alumni touchdown.
The noises from the crowd proved that everyone was thrilled with the alumni touchdown.
Head coach Bill Wagner was especially pleased with the game.
“The game was a good test [for Penn],” he said. “The alumni played well and put pressure on the team.”
Coach Wagner added, “[This game] is a testament to the alumni and is a great opportunity to get everyone together for a weekend.”
Penn opens its regular seasonFriday, Sept. 19 when it takes on Ancient-Eight nemesis Cornell on Franklin Field. The game time is set for 7 p.m.