PHILADELPHIA - The 14th annual Alumni Weekend came to a close Saturday with the Alumni Game. The varsity welcomed back the alumni on Friday night at a banquet celebrating the 1996 ELFL Championship team. The welcome was short-lived, however, as the varsity shut down the alumns on Saturday, 20-0.
Friends, families and fellow alums gathered at Franklin Field to watch Quakers of the past and present do battle on the field one more time.
Head coach Bill Wagner and his staff always look forward to this game as an opportunity to work on situational play as well as showing the alumni that the program is in good hands.
Unfortunately for the alums, the good hands belonged to Rob Lombardi. The running back rushed ten times for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Lombardi scored from one yard out late in the first half and found the end zone from eight yards out in the second half.Not content with dominating on offense, Lombardi played both ways. Late in the second half he intercepted alumni quarterback and school record-holder in passing yardage, Mike Loguidice.
Mike D'Angelo showed why he is Coach Wagner's choice at starting quarterback. He contributed both with his arm and with his legs. The Quakers' first touchdown was through the air when D'Angelo found Tomas Altamirano in a fade pattern from 24 yards out. D'Angelo finished the game 9-of-16 for 116 yards and a TD. He also scrambled for 55 yards, most of which came on a 37-rd scamper down the sideline.
Clarke Armatis and Michael Stack each caughtthree balls for the varsity, showing that D'Angelo will have many options when the Quakers open up their aerial attack.
Penn's defense sacked Loguidice four times and picked him off three times. Drew Dampier led the team in tackles with three. Mike Paci, Michael McMullenand Kyle Kekesien added two apiece.
Penn opens its regular season on September 14 when the Quakers travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to play Cornell. Penn returns to Franklin Field on September 28 to take on Princeton. Both games start at 7 p.m.