With nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, it appeared the Penn sprint football team was about to give away a huge lead on its way to a disappointing season-ending loss.
Whit Shaw would have none of that.
Under the open philosophy of coach Bill Wagner, the Penn sprint football team has become a hotbed for players trying out — and often succeeding at — new positions on the field.
Besieged by problems on both sides of the ball from the outset, the Quakers were run over by Navy, 44-10.
Like any college team, the sprint football squad has its fair share of players recruited for the team. However, the majority of the team is composed of walk-ons.
The Quakers’ last-place defense allowed Post score a season high in points as Post topped Penn, 48-27, at Franklin Field.
It was a tale of two halves for the Red and Blue, as a taut first-half affair quickly descended into chaos as Army’s Marquis Morris shredded the Quakers’ defensive front.
The sprint football seniors, all eight of them, will take to Franklin Field this Saturday to lead a very young Penn team against undefeated Army.
In the midst of his 43rd season as head coach of the Penn sprint football team, Bill Wagner has his squad performing as strong as ever.
Holding on after a 20-yard Kai Peng field goal with just over a minute to play, the Quakers defeated Mansfield, 16-13, at Franklin Field on Friday night
After following up a heartbreaking 42-34 six-overtime loss to Cornell with an exhilarating 24-20 win over Franklin Pierce on a 73-yard touchdown with nine seconds to play, the Quakers (1-1) have the world of Penn Athletics abuzz.
Pushed to victory by a 73-yard touchdown catch by senior Whit Shaw with only nine seconds left in the game, the Red and Blue defeated Franklin Pierce, 24-20.
Playing against former teammates in the annual Alumni Game, the sprint football team was dealt a 20-0 shutout loss.
Though Penn was not able to get the win it needed, the Quakers and Army put on an offensive display in their 58-44 duel, exchanging punch for punch over 60 minutes.
Quakers quarterback Todd Busler manhandled the Mountaineers’ defense, throwing two touchdowns on 269 yards and running for three more in the blowout win.
Two running backs with limited experience isn’t the ideal arsenal for most running games, but the strong relationship between the freshman duo has allowed them to make an instant impact.
On the sprint football team, where players often find themselves at different positions or even on opposite sides of the ball.
Navy once again showed why it is a perennial powerhouse in the Collegiate Sprint Football League, dominating the Quakers in a 56-0 rout that put Penn’s hopes for a second-straight conference title in jeopardy.
The Penn sprint football program can thank current NFL stars Andre Johnson, Ed Reed and Clinton Portis for over 10 percent of its roster.
It wasn’t quite like the 70-0 Princeton beatdown last year, but the sprint football still ran roughshod over the Tigers under the Friday night lights of Franklin Field this weekend.
Friday at 7 p.m. under the lights of Franklin Field, the Red and Blue will be looking for the same dominating performance as last year’s 70-0 drubbing of the Tigers.