Blue Defeats Gold, 21-0, In Annual Spring Football Game
April 14, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Blue quarterback Trey Miller ran for two touchdowns while completing seven of nine passes for 104 yards to lead the Blue to a 21-0 victory over the Gold on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Miller scored on option runs of five yards in the first quarter and 14 yards in the second to give the Blue a 14-0 halftime lead.
"Trey has improved tremendously this spring," said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. "He has a great temperament and is an extremely hard worker. This is his time."
Blue fullbacks Noah Copeland and Prentice Christian combined to rush for 129 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Copeland led the way with nine carries for 66 yards, while Christian contributed 63 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
"Noah just continues to work every day," said Niumatalolo. "Coach Judge says he is always taking notes in meetings and has never taken the fact that he's the starter for granted. He is a lot tougher than what we thought. He's like Jessica Sanchez on American Idol. You look at her and she's so little but when she sings she has such an incredibly powerful voice it shocks you. That's Noah. He may not be the size of an Eckel or a Kettani, but looks can be deceiving. He's powerful."
Nose guard Travis Bridges led the defense with seven tackles and a sack, while linebacker Brye French added six tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack. Defensive end Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick caused a fumble that was recovered by outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel and also recovered a fumble.
"Travis Bridges has all the tools to be a very good nose guard for us and Brye French was probably the MVP of the spring," said Niumatalolo.
Fullback Mike Patrick led the Gold with 52 yards rushing on seven carries. The Blue held the Gold to 115 yards of total offense.
"All in all it was a good day," said Niumatalolo. "We got a couple of guys banged up which tempers things a little bit, but I'm pleased with where we are heading into fall camp."