PHILADELPHIA The Penn sprint football outlasted Army Friday evening, 20-13, in a crucial CSFL match-up to remain undefeated, 4-0. The Quakers kept the shutout through the third quarter till Army scored two touchdowns late in the game.
It was Penn that was first on the board with a second quarter touchdown. The Quakers moved the ball down the field and set themselves up for a first and goal situation. Michael D'Angelo lifted the ball to Mike Bagnoli who slid cross the end line for the 6-yard carry. Mark Dziemianowicz’s kick was wide and the Red and Blue went ahead, 6-0.
Mike Paci set up Penn for another scoring driving when Paci intercepted a pass at the Black Knights’ 25-yard line. The Quaker offense took advantage of Army’s mistake, and D’Angelo connected to Marten Basta in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass. D’Angelo again found Basta for the two-point conversion.
The Black Knights were left with 48 seconds on the clock before heading into halftime. Army was able to drive the ball far into Quaker territory, but ran out of time before capitalizing.
The Red and Blue headed into the locker room with a 14-0 advantage.
Penn opened the second half with an interception, this time by Sam Biddle, which set up the Quaker offense. Biddle brought down a ball at Army’s 36-yard line to give excellent scoring position for Penn.
Once again, the Red and Blue did not disappoint, and in five rushing downs, all carried by Bagnoli, Penn notched its third touchdown of the night. Bagnoli recorded 36-yards during the drive. Raiam Santos extra point was wide.
The third quarter came to an end with Penn shutting-out the Black Knights, 20-0.
The Quakers began the final quarter dominating the Black Knights. Michael McMullen picked off a crucial pass at Penn’s 28-yard line to thwart any Army points.
The Red and Blue were unable togarner pointsfrom the offense drive and Santos punted to the Army 7-yard line to return possession back to the Black Knights.
The Knights’ quarterback Abe Payne used his CSFL-leading receivers to move the ball up field. On first and 10 at Penn’s 25, Payne connected with Tim Clark for the touchdown.
Army attemptedan onside kick, but was unsuccessful, giving Penn the ball on Army’s 41-yard line. On a key fourth and four on Army’s 32, Penn was unable to convert, giving back possession to the Knights.
Once again, Payne went to the air to create offense and was able to successfully move the ball down field.Joshua Scott caught the final pass in the drive for a 6-yard touchdown. Despite, Samuel Herbert missing the extra point, the touchdown brought the game to a one possession decision.
The Black Knights were shaping up to be a fourth quarter comeback team.
Army set-up another onside kick, this time the Knights were successful and they gained possession on their own 32-yard line with two and a half minutes left in the game.
Knights moved the ball down into the red zone. The drive was highlighted by a 46-yard catch by Geoffrey Phillips on fourth and 17. Army was setup with first and goal on Penn’s 8-yard line.
The Quaker defense remained strong and eliminated all scoring opportunities, forcing Army to relinquish the ball back to Penn with 42 seconds remaining.
The Red and Blue ran down the clock to capture a 20-13 win.
D’Angelo was 17-for-20 for 129 yards. Bagnoli rushed for 85 yards and tallied two touchdowns. Clarke Armatis lead the receivers with 75 yards on seven carries, while Basta caught for 32 yards and one touchdown.
The defense, whose performance was crucial in the win, was lead by Jacques Beauvais, who recorded a career-high nine solo tackles, in addition to assisting on one. J. Andrew Feigenbaum tallied six solo tackles, while Zak Klinvex and Marcus Goodwin each notched a career-high five.
Penn is back on the field Friday, Oct. 17, when it heads to Cornell to take on the Big Red for the second time this season. In the first match-up Penn won, 17-3, at Franklin Field.