PHILADELPHIA - The sprint football team was led to a 35-12 victory over Princeton bystrong performances from several members of the senior class. After honoring the12 seniors and their parents in a pre-game ceremony, the Quakers took the field looking for their second win of the season.
Ten minutes into the first quarter, Penn got on the board, as senior quarterback Mike Loguidice connected with senior Rob Lombardi for a 31-yard touchdown reception. Senior kicker Peter Stine's kick was good to put the Quakers up, 7-0. Later, with just four seconds left in the quarter, Loguidice found sophomore Michael D'Angelo for an 11-yard catch anda 14-0 lead.
Five minutes into the second quarter, the Quakers kept the scoring going, as senior J.T. Hutchinson caught a six-yard pass from Loguidice. Stine's kick was good yet again, and Penn went up 21-0. With two minutes left in the half, senior Matt McConville got in on the scoring action, as he caught a 17-yard pass from Loguidice for the fourth Penn touchdown. The Quakers went into the half leading 28-0.
Six minutes after the break, the Tigers finally got on the boardwhen Lon Johnson caught a 16-yard pass from quarterback Alex Kandabarow. Michael Cheng's extra point attempt was blocked by Greg Harvey, keeping the Penn lead to 28-6.
The rest of the half would be scoreless until thefinal 15 seconds of the game. In that time, McConville had time to run it in from the three-yard line to give Penn a 35-6 lead. And on the last play of the game, Princeton's Kandabarow connected with Johnson one more time, for 86 yards, and a last-second touchdown. The extra point was blocked by Peter Stevens, making the final score 35-12.
Hutchinson led Penn's rushing game, with 14 carries for 82 yards. McConville also had six carries for 24 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Max Greenky also contributed 21 yards on eight carries.
McConville led the game in the air, with five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. Hutchinson also had 43 receiving yards and a touchdown. D'Angelo also had a touchdown, and contributed three catches for 46 yards. Lombardi's lone catch of the game was a 31-yarder, and good for the score. Quarterback Loguidice went 14-for-19, with 240 yards and four touchdowns. D'Angelo also saw action at QB, tallying a 3-for-4 total, worth 33 yards.
Defensively, the Quakers had many big plays, from seniors Dave Hagel, Alex Russo, and Nicholas Dinges. Hagel and Russo each had three solo tackles in the win, while Dinges had two solos, and two assists. He had two and a half tackles for losses of seven yards. He was also credited with three break-ups. Andrew Feigenbaum led the way with tackles, as he totaled six on the night. Michael McMullen had three solo tackles, two assists, and broke up two passes. Drew Dampier had three solo tackles, one assist, and one interception, which he returned for 15 yards. Lombardi also had an interception, as well as four tackles assists, and two break-ups. Kicker Stine also came up with two big tackles on Princeton's kick returns.
All in all, the Quakers walked off the field with smiles on their faces, after a satisfying 35-12 win. And they wouldn't have wanted it any other way.