Oct. 12, 2013
WATERBURY, Conn. - The Navy sprint football team earned its fourth win of the season with a 42-27 victory over Post University (3-2) on the road. After a quiet first half, the Mids (4-0) picked up their pace and efficiency to pull away with 28 points over the final 25 minutes.
Corey Garcia (So., San Diego, Calif.), Eric Wellmon (So., Wallkill, N.Y.) and William Hampton (Jr., Charleston, S.C.) led the Mids’ offense with five combined touchdowns, including four in the second half. Garcia rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, while his backfield-mate Wellmon had 10 rushes for 35 yards and two touchdowns. Hampton completed six passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns as the starting quarterback.
Defensively, senior Brendan West (Meridian, Idaho) and junior Jon Moyle (Tallahassee, Fla.) highlighted Navy’s effort. West made seven tackles from his defensive back position, while Moyle, a defensive lineman, made six stops, including three tackles for loss and two sacks.
“We got off to a bit of a slow start, but in the second half we started hitting our stride offensively,” said head coach Kavan Lake, USMC, post-game. “We knew that Post had a strong running game and a very talented running back so it took some adjustments to minimize their success.”
Navy got on the scoreboard first when Hampton found a streaking Michael Buck (Sr., Fayetteville, Ga.) along the sideline for a 78-yard touchdown reception at the 8:07 mark of the first quarter.
After forcing Post into a three-and-out late in the quarter, the Mids would quickly convert to take a 14-0 lead with 18 seconds remaining in the period. After a 36-yard run by Garcia set the offense up deep in Post’s zone, senior David Williams
(Roanoke, Va.) punched the ball in from one yard out for the score.
Post would score the second quarter’s only points as the Eagles’ James Harrington rushed in for an 11-yard touchdown at 5:07.
Coming out of the halftime break with the score 14-7, Navy’s offense started hitting its stride. The Mids’ first touchdown of the second half came just 4:50 into play as a strong defensive stand deep in Post’s zone gave Navy a short field to work with after a punt. Following a four-yard Garcia rush, Hampton found Warren Rooney (Jr., Houston, Texas) for a 35-yard touchdown to put Navy up two touchdowns at 21-7.
Post answered this score with a touchdown of its own on the next possession to tighten the margin to 21-14.
In the fourth quarter, with its offense moving the ball well, the Mids put together a 10-play, 76-yard drive to go up 28-14. The running back duo of Garcia and Wellmon rushed for 67 of the 76 yards on the drive, including a two-yard run by Garcia for the touchdown at 13:26.
Similar to the prior Navy touchdown, the host Eagles would respond with a touchdown on their next possession. A missed extra point by Post would make the score, 28-20.
Following an interception and 52-yard return by junior defensive back Brady Flies (Seattle, Wash.), the Mids quickly converted the short field into seven points as Wellmon rushed 10 yards for the touchdown at 6:34.
Navy extended its 15-point lead on its next offensive possession with another Wellmon touchdown run as the team went ahead 42-20 with 2:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.
A late Post touchdown would close out the game with a 42-27 final score.
“In the second half, our defense came up with some big stops and our offense found its rhythm. Once we starting running the hurry-up, we could see the effect that it had on both their defense and our offense,” said Lake. “This was a solid win and a solid all-around effort, but we still have some things to work on.”
The Midshipmen will next be in action at home on Saturday, Oct. 19 when they host Cornell at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the CSFL contest is slated for 12 p.m.