Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania sprint football team closed out its 2004 campaign with a bang, pounding Princeton, 61-28, on Senior Night at Franklin Field. The Red and Blue finish the season 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL). The team also captures its third-consecutive William Wagner Trophy, given the Ivy League team with the best CSFL record.
After holding the Quakers to just three plays and six yards on the opening drive, Princeton (0-6, 0-4 CSFL) opened the scoring a 11:57 in the first quarter as Dennis Bakke connected with Lon Johnson on a 26-yard pass. Sophomore Mike Loguidice responded with an 18-yard pass to Pat Monaghan on the next possession to pull the Quakers within, 7-6 at the 10:13 mark. Five minutes later the Red and Blue took the lead for good on a four-yard run by sophomore J.T. Hutchinson to put Penn up, 12-7. The Quakers exploded for three touchdowns in the second quarter, as Loguidice ran one in from a yard out and tossed two touchdown passes to Monaghan to take a commanding 32-7 lead into half.
Penn wasted little time scoring in the third quarter as Loguidice ran from 14 yards out for his second rushing touchdown of the game. The Tigers added some points of their own in the quarter as Bakke scored on a quarterback keeper with 1:32 left to cut the deficit to 39-14.
Both teams’ offense was strong during the final 7:33 of the game, as they combined for five touchdowns. The Quakers recorded three scores in the fourth quarter, including a 72-yard run by Hutchinson and two touchdowns by Stephen Delgado, while Matt Worley and Frank Langston both scored for the Tigers. Delgado finished the night with 65 yards on nine carries, including his 41-yard touchdown sprint.
Monaghan wrapped up his career with the Quakers by catching 10 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Monaghan also broke the Penn single-season receiving yardage record of 451 set by Jack Welsh in the first half, ending the season with 572 yards. It was the second record he broke this season as he became the career receiving yards leader earlier in the year against Army, and finishes with 1,346 career receiving yards.
Loguidice had another solid night calling the plays as he threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns on 13-for14 passing, while Princeton’s Bakke threw for 233 yards on 14-for-33 passing.
Defensively, senior Mike Russo led all tacklers with 11 hits, including nine solo and a sack for a loss of nine yards. Fellow senior Nick Kopec recorded seven tackles and a sack, while senior Duncan Pelly recorded four tackles, including 1.5 sacks for a combined loss of 10 yards. Senior Juan Hernandez had the game’s only interception, which he returned for 20 yards.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.