SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.- It wasn't the season opener Penn coach Bill Wagner had in mind for his 2006 sprint football team.
The stage was set for greatness. Penn and Cornell facing off: two schools and two sprint football teams with a lot of history. And the Ivy League rivals were to meet for the first time this season in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl. The trophy was polished, the inspirational speeches were given, and the two teams took to the field. But it was Cornell, not Penn, which walked away with a messy 20-12 victory and the Allegiance Bowl title.
The Big Red got on the board first, seven minutes into the first quarter, when Michael Fullowan scored on a 2-yard run. Cornell tried for two points, but the pass attempt failed, and the Big Redwent up, 6-0. Just five minutes later, Penn answered with a score ofits own when quarterback Mike Loguidice connected with Tomas Altamirano for a 19-yard catch. Peter Stine’s kick was blocked, leaving the score an even 6-6.
Neither team would score again until the third quarter. After eight minutes of play, Cornell scored when the game’s MVP, Big Red quarterback Zak Dentes, got off a 4-yard pass to Jason Remillard. The kick was good, putting Cornell up, 13-6.
Just five minutes later,the Quakersagain answered the score with one of their own asLoguidice connected with Michael D'Angelo for a 4-yard catch. Stine’s kick was blocked again, giving the Big Red a 13-12 lead.
With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Cornell scored again, as Dentes ran six yards into the end zone for his second touchdown. The kick was good, giving the Big Red a 20-12 lead. Despite late drives by the Quakers, they could not find the end zone.
Loguidice had a good game, going 15-of-25 passingfor 201 yards and two touchdowns. It was notan easy day for him, however, as the Cornell defense sacked him eight times andforced two fumbles.
Wide receiver D’Angelo had eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown to lead the Quakers in receiving. Altamirano also had three catches, for 47 yards and one TD. Senior captain J.T. Hutchinson led the rushing game, with 22 runs for a total of 51 yards.
Andrew Feigenbaum led the defensive effort, with five solo tackles and one assist. Adam Wolfson, David Lopez and Bryan Williams also added four solo tackles apiece.
Up next, the sprint football team will look to improve against Princeton, as they travel to New Jersey on Sept. 29.