Sprint Football Drops Star Game to Army
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Navy sprint football team (3-1, 2-0 CSFL South) suffered a 40-6 defeat at the hand of archrival Army West Point (4-0, 2-0 CSFL North) on Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium in West Point, N.Y. The Black Knights jumped out to an early lead and were able to keep the Midshipmen offense contained to earn the star.
"Today was a tough and humbling loss for Navy sprint football that will drive the team for the remainder of the season," said Major Jeff Polson, USMC after the game. "Army dominated every facet of the game. We were unable to move the ball consistently on offense and we were unable to keep Army out of the end zone on defense. We need to get back to the fundamentals and work on our execution and physical toughness. We are half way through the season so we need to dig in and focus on winning one game at a time in order to earn our right to a rematch with Army in the CSFL Championship Game."
Army had a distinct advantage in the passing game, throwing for 260 yards compared to 128 yards in the air by Navy. The Mids had a 79-63 edge in yards on the ground. The Black Knights tallied just two more first downs than the Midshipmen. Army held a five-minute advantage in time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 10 minutes longer than Navy in the second half.
Brandon Coleman (Yonkers, N.Y.) and Braydan Chmiel (Warrenton, Mo.) split time at quarterback for the Mids. Coleman finished the game 5-for-15 for 55 yards and a touchdown, while Chmiel amassed 73 yards on two completions, including a long of 53 yards. Julius Lee (Chillicothe, Ohio) led the team with 71 yards receiving. He had a pair of receptions, including a touchdown.
Stefano Saragusa (Haines City, Fla.) and Coleman paced the rushing attack with 45 yards apiece. Saragusa recorded a bulk of the load notching a team high 17 carries.
Defensively, the Midshipmen had four players with seven or more tackles in the game. Dean Rye (Fairfax, Va.) led the way with a team-high nine stops. Mason Hooten (Orlando, Fla.) and Sheppard Wilson (Charlotte, N.C.) each added eight tackles, while senior captain Alex Oldham (Dayton, Ohio) registered seven stops. Gavin O'Donnell (Greenfield Township, Pa.) led the team with three tackles for loss, while Hooten added a pair of TFLs.
Army was the first team to put points on the scoreboard. The Black Knights' quarterback Keegan West threw for the first of his three touchdowns on the day, connecting with Clayton Carter for 46 yards to put the home team in front 7-0.
The Black Knights used a pair of big plays to increase the advantage to 16-0 in the first quarter. Army sacked Coleman in the end zone for a safety. The next Navy drive saw a punt blocked, setting up the home team on the 12 yardline. On the first play from scrimmage, Army used a 12-yard rush for a touchdown.
Navy scored a touchdown with 5:16 on the clock in the second quarter. Coleman capped a long sustained drive of 15 plays that covered 72 yards and 7:28 with an 18-yard touchdown strike to Lee. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful leaving the score 16-6.
With three ticks remaining on the clock in the first half, West broke the plane of the goaline from one-yard out to take a 23-6 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Army used a pair of touchdown passes from West to Ty Galyean to increase the margin to 37-6. The Black Knights capped off the scoring with a 27-yard field goal with 7:29 remaining to provide the final score of 40-6.
Navy returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 14, as the Midshipmen travel to Waterbury, Conn. for a matchup with Post University. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.