Philadelphia It was a memorable night on Franklin Field for the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team as it downed conference rival Army, 31-17. The Quakers, who move to a perfect 3-0 on the season, had not defeated the Black Knights since 2000, the year the Red and Blue took home the Collegiate Sprint Football League title with an unblemished record. It was also a memorable night for senior Patrick Monaghan who became Penn’s all-time receiving yards leader with 999 yards, breaking Scott Moore’s record of 977 set in 2000.
“This team responds to the fact that opportunities only come around so often,” Head Coach Bill Wagner said. “The guys really stepped up tonight and soundly defeated Army. Hopefully we can keep this type of play up as we head to Cornell next weekend.”
Army (3-2, 1-1 CSFL) jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a Kurt Cheeseman field goal at 9:09, followed by a touchdown by David Roller. The Quakers (3-0, 1-0 CSFL) responded by scoring 17 unanswered points in the second quarter. Signal caller Mike Loguidice ranthe ballin from 17 yards out to put Penn on the board at the 12:57 mark. Loguidice connected with Monaghan just over four minutes later to pull ahead 14-10. Kicker Peter Stine gave the Quakers the 17-14 lead with 5:12 remaining in the half on a 38-yard field goal. The Black Knights put together a nine play, 45-yard drive late in the half, but the Quakers defense stopped them in their tracks at the Penn 28 yard line.
The Red and Blue did not stop the scoring there at sophomore J.T. Hutchinson scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. His first score came at the 8:07 mark after a brilliant 40-yard run. He then scored from five yards out with 3:44 remaining in the quarter. Army cut the deficit to 31-17 midway through the fourth quarter as Patrick Hall ran from three yards out but it was not enough.
Monaghan led all receivers with 87 yards on 10 catches. Entering the game, the Monaghan needed just 67 yards to break the Penn career receiving mark. His historic reception came in the third quarter when he caught a nine-yard pass from Loguidice. Hutchinson led all rushers with 186 yards, including a 76-yard run, on 22 carries and two touchdowns. Loguidice had another outstanding night, throwing for 173 yards on 19-for-22 passing.
Defensively, the Quakers’ Nick Kopec had a solid night making eight tackles, seven solo, including three sacks. Keith Smith and MikeRusso also chipped in with eight tackles apiecefor Penn. Army’s Brandon Newkirk played well recording 14 tackles, 10 solo.
Penn looks to remain undefeated as it travels to Cornell on Oct. 22. The Quakers opened the season against Cornell on Sept. 17, coming away with a convincing 35-13 victory.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.