PRINCETON, N.J. The Penn Sprint Football team shut down the Princeton Tigers Friday nightto win, 43-0. The Quakers are now, 2-0, with wins from two Ancient Eight teams, Princeton and Cornell.
The game opened with several possession changes, until the Quakers finally found the end zone with four minutes left in the first quarter. Junior Clarke Armatis returned a punt for 53 yards and the Penn lead.
The second quarter proved to be Penn’s quarter with three more touchdowns and a safety.
In the 10th minute of play, Penn’s Mike Paci blocked Reid Fritz’s punt. Fritz was able to recover the live ball, but it was within Princeton’s end zone, allowing Penn to tally a safety.
Penn started the next drive on its 48, when sophomore Mike Bagnoli caught the kickoff and rushed for 20 yards. The Red and Blue offense connected on four plays culminating with quarterback Michael D'Angelo passing to Michael Stack for a 12-yard touchdown. D’Angelo and the Penn offense attempted a two-point conversion, but was unsuccessful.
Quakers notched another touchdown on its third offensive drive of the second quarter. In the fourth play of the drive, D’Angelo connected to tight end Marten Basta in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown.
Penn added its third consecutive touchdown on its next offensive drive. D’Angelo benefited from the hands of his receivers Basta and Armatis, connecting on consecutive passes to move the ball into scoring position. On third and 2, D’Angelo snuck through the defensive line into the end zone for a 17-yard rush.
The Quakers headed into the locker room with a commanding, 28-0, lead.
The second half of the game continued to be dominated by Penn.
In the opening minutes of the third quarter, Penn recorded its second safety of the night. Marcus Goodwin tackled Michael Schoder for the 1-yard loss.
The Red and Blue added their fifth touchdown in the final seconds of the quarter. Basta tallied his second touchdown, catching a 27-yard pass from D’Angelo.
The Penn kept its intensity high in the fourth quarter, keeping Princeton scoreless and notching a sixth and final touchdown. On Princeton’s 23-yard line, Senior Max Greenky broke through the defense to rush into the end zone.
Offensively, D’Angelo went 19-for-29 passing for 198 yards and three touchdowns. D’Angelo also rushed for 69 yards.
Wifi Fernandez lead Penn’s rushing offensive with 70 total yards. Bagnoli rushed for 65 yards and John Stephens recorded 41 total rushing yards.
Eight Penn receivers recorded catches for 222 total passing yards. Basta caught a career-high seven passes for 74-yards and two touchdowns. Armatis followed with 61 yards on five passes.
Mark Dziemianowicz and Raiam Santos shared kicking duties. Dziemianowicz averaged 51.2 yards on five kickoffs. Santos punted three times for 128 yards two were downed inside the 20-yard line.
The Penn defense had a very successful evening. The Quakers limited the Tigers to only two first downs and a total of 72 offensive yards.
Zak Klinvex lead the defense with five solo tackles. Michael McMullen followed with four and Colin Dampier and Goodwin recorded three apiece.
Wes Donehower and Anthony Krumbhaar each recorded an interception for the Quakers.
The Quakers are headed to Mansfield, Pa., to play Mansfield University next Friday, Oct. 3. This will be the first all time meeting beetween the teams this is the first season Mansfield has fielded a sprint football team.