Sprint Football Topples Princeton, 48-12

Box Score(Penn 48, Princeton 12)

PHILADELPHIA -Recording 283 yards on the ground, including 179 yards and two rushing touchdowns by senior Mike Bagnoli, Penn overcame hosting Princeton, 48-12, in the 2010 season-opener Friday night. Whit Shaw crossed the goal-line three times, while Colin Dampier and Mark Dziemianowicz each tallied a defensive touchdown in the victory.

The Quakers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on their first two possessions, as Bagnoli rushed 31-yards for his first score of the season. Shaw then caught an eight-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Todd Busler, and freshman Freddy Ordonez and Busler connected to complete the two-point conversion.

With just 34 secondsleft in the first quarter, Dampier intercepted a pass by Princeton quarterback Jais Zachariah and ran 58-yards for the score to put Penn up 21-0.

A scoreless second quarter for both sides set the stage for Bagnoli's 71-yard touchdown run after the Penn defense held the Tigers to a three-and-out to open the third quarter. Princeton answered with a 41-yard run by Andrew Gabriel to put the Tigers on the board. However, Shaw responded with his second touchdown of the night with a 53-yard run to make the score 35-6.

Usually found punting or kicking, senior Mark Dziemianowicz found a new niche on defense as made his first career interception and ran it back 28-yards for a touchdown with 11:01 left in the fourth quarter.

Princeton's Kees Thompson caught a 75-yard pass from Zachariah to make the score 41-12 with nine minutes to go in the game, but as soon as the Tigers kicked off, Shaw scampered 81-yards on the return and Raiam Santos' point-after kick capped the night off.

Sophomore Alexander Starr led the Penn defense with a career-high 14 tackles, while classmate Anthony Dibella, senior Sam Biddle, and junior Matt Cuccinello each had seven.

The Quakers are back in action next Friday when they host newcomer to the CSFL, Post University, at 7 p.m. on Franklin Field.