Sept. 27, 2013
Final Stats |
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy sprint football team rolled to a 41-0 shutout victory over CSFL foe Mansfield on Friday night at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in a dominant team effort. Outgaining the Mountaineers 372 yards to 46, the Mids notched touchdowns in every quarter on the way to increasing their 2013 season record to 3-0.
Individually, David Williams (Roanoke, Va.) made a triumphant return to game action to lead the Mids just three weeks after suffering a potentially devasting knee injury in exhibition play. The senior captain carried the ball 21 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns. His backfield mate Corey Garcia (So., San Diego, Calif.) made his season debut as well and left his mark with 71 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Defensively, senior Matt Piotrowicz (Sr., Sewell, N.J.) led a stout effort for the Mids with 10 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss and one sack. Junior Chris Mershon (Jr., Lee’s Summit, Mo.) was strong again from his defensive lineman position to the tune of two sacks and 2.5 more tackles for loss.
Navy started displaying its superiority over Mansfield from the initial Mountaineer drive. After a fumble recovery by Jon Moyle (Jr., Tallahassee, Fla.) 3:42 into the game, the Mids went to work on offense and marched the ball down the field 45 yards for an eight play drive that was highlighted by a five-yard touchdown by Garcia at 8:12.
The Mids would tack on three more points a little more than five minutes later when senior kicker Adrian Montecinos (Sr., Whittier, Calif.) split the uprights with a 40-yard field goal at 2:57.
After forcing Mansfield into a quick three-and-out possession on offense, Navy took over the ball near midfield and promptly went 51 yards on eight plays in 2:53 to go up 17-0 when junior quarterback William Hampton (Charleston, S.C.) scrambled 15 yards into the end zone.
Navy would close out the first half up 24 points when Williams pounded the ball in for a touchdown from four yards out at 2:17.
Holding a 24-0 lead and limiting Mansfield to 33 first half yards, the Mids continued flexing their muscle in the second half. The team extended its advantage to 31-0 when Williams found paydirt for his second touchdown of the game; this time the senior went in from 10 yards out.
After sophomore Carter Reading (St. Charles, Ill.) picked off a deflected Mansfield pass attempt, the Mids quickly converted that turnover into three more points on a 25-yard Montecinos field goal at 12:21 in the fourth quarter.
Navy’s running game continued to thrive late into the game as Eric Wellmon (So., Wallkill, N.Y.), Cody Thompson (Sr., Joplin, Mo.) and James Lieto (Fr., Carlisle, Pa.) and Charles Crans (Fr., Camden, Maine) took their turns taking hand offs. All four backs registered 19 or more yards led by Wellmon’s 30 yards and one touchdown; a three-yard score at 6:10.
In total, the Mids suffocated the Mansfield offense to the tune of just 13 second half yards. For the game, the Mountaineers only gained 46 yards on 44 plays.
After the game, Head Coach Maj. Kavan Lake, USMC expressed his excitement about the performance by his Mids “this was a fantastic win; a fantastic all-round effort, on offense, on defense, on special teams. I think we really put it all together tonight and these are the building blocks as we look to move forward. Our expectations are high for everyone on the team and we came together tonight like the team we know we can be.”
With his running backs netting 310 total yards, Lake explained that “the coaches have spent a lot of time these past two weeks working on the chemistry between the offensive line and the running backs and I believe it really showed tonight as that was a fantastic performance by our running backs. I loved the way David Williams came back; he earned all of those yards; he fought hard and we can expect more from him as long as he stays healthy.”
And not to overlook his equally impressive defense, who caused two turnovers and allowed just 1.0 yards per offensive play, Lake proclaimed that his defensive corps “are just animals when it comes to playing, especially with their aggressiveness and pursuit of the ball.”
The Midshipmen will play their final Friday night game of the season next Friday, Oct. 4 when they host Penn in a 7 p.m. contest at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.