Junior quarterback Trey Miller rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and completed six of his seven pass attempts for 101 yards to lead the Blue to a 45-0 victory over the Gold in Navy's second scrimmage of the fall.
"It is what you would hope happens when the travel squad plays the scout team," said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. "We did some good and bad things. We still have two weeks to clean things up."
Miller scored on touchdown runs of 73, three and 13 to lead the Blue offense. Sophomore fullback Noah Copeland carried the ball six times for 73 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown run, while junior slot back Marcus Thomas scored on a 15-yard touchdown run the only time he carried the ball. Senior fullback Prentice Christian carried the ball two times for 54 yards, while junior slot back Darius Staten had one carry for 33 yards and sophomore slot Geoffrey Whiteside carried the ball once for 12 yards.
Miller was sharp throwing the ball, completing six of his seven passes. Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds was 2-2 passing for 15 yards. Senior slot back Gee Gee Greene was the leading receiver with three catches for 42 yards, while Staten had two catches for 46 yards.
"I thought Trey played OK today," said Niumatalolo. "He still missed a few checks that he can't miss and had a couple of miss reads, but we still have a couple of weeks to get that corrected.
The highlight of the day was an interception and 41-yard return for a touchdown by junior corner Jonathan Wev. Senior linebacker Matt Warrick had three tackles and an interception, while senior linebacker John Michael Nurthen had five stops and a ½ sack. Sophomore outside linebacker Obi Uzoma had three tackles and a sack, while sophomore outside linebacker Jordan Drake also recorded a sack.
Navy's kickers were on the mark today, making 15 out of 20 field goal attempts. Freshman kicker Austin Grebe was five-for-five making kicks from 24, 40, 44, 48 and 50. Junior kicker Brymor Hughes was good from 24, 40, 44 and 48 before hitting the crossbar from 50, while freshman kicker Nick Sloan was good from 24, 40 and 44 before missing wide left from 48. Junior Stephen Picchini made field goals from 24 and 40 before missing wide left from 44, while freshman David Reisner had his 24-yard field goal blocked, made from 40 and was wide left from 44.
"Grebe won today, but my gut tells me that Sloan has been the most consistent throughout camp," said Niumatalolo. "Colin Amerau has done a great job on kickoffs and he's definitely going to be our kickoff guy and we are going to have to narrow the field goal kickers down to two here shortly. Everybody is still in the mix."