Oct. 26, 2012
The Navy sprint football team racked up a season high 419 yards of total offense and improved to 6-0 with a 44-10 win over Penn on Friday night at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, Navy's matchup with undefeated Army next Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will be for the Star and the CSFL title.
"We did exactly what we set out to do tonight," said Navy head coach Maj. Kavan Lake, USMC .
"We took control early and were able to get ahead. We also spread the ball around today as a lot of guys got opportunities."
Alex Horton, who set a program record with five rushing touchdowns in last week's win over Mansfield, carried the ball 22 times for 175 yards on Friday night. Quarterback Lewis Correale completed 9-of-15 throws for 95 yards and one touchdown as seven different Navy receivers all had at least one catch.
"It was good to get so many receivers in the mix today," said Lake. "They made a lot of clutch catches that allowed us to extend some drives. I wish we could get more receivers in the end zone."
Already leading 3-0 courtesy of a field goal by Adrian Montecinos, Navy drove 62 yards in six plays to take a 10-0 lead on its second possession of the game. A 12-yard pass from Correale to wide receiver Jesse Holian on a third-and-11 play kept the drive alive and three plays later Horton found a seam and rushed 42 yards to the end zone. Horton's run was the longest rushing TD of the year by a Navy running back.
Horton keyed the next Navy scoring drive as he rushed nine times for 50 yards to help the Mids get down to the Penn 4-yard line where they faced a fourth-and-goal. Navy set up for a field goal but a fake by Montecinos led to six points and the Mids extended their lead to 17-0 with just under 9:00 to play in the second quarter.
Penn (2-4, 1-4 CSFL) broke through with a field goal on the ensuing possession, but Navy answered just before half with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Correale to Dominic Chumich
to give the Mids a 24-3 lead at the break.
Navy picked up where it left off to start the third quarter as four consecutive rushes totaling 60 yards by Horton put the Mids at the Penn 1-yard line. Correale completed the scoring drive with a 1-yard TD plunge and Navy took a 30-3 lead.
Fullback D.J. Hooper capped a 12-play, 62-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run as the fourth quarter began, upping Navy's lead to 37-3.
An 80-yard pass play gave Penn its lone touchdown with 2:51 to play, but the Mids proved they weren't done, scoring on their next possession. Running back Dan Gilmore scored from 13-yards out with just :25 remaining in the game, making the final score 44-10.
Defensively, the Mids combined for seven tackles for loss and one interception in limiting Penn to 198 yards of total offense. Brendan West led Navy with six tackles and his interception in the second quarter was his first of the season and 13th by the Mids' defense in 2012.
Navy will be going for its second consecutive undefeated season next week when it welcomes Army. It marks the fourth consecutive season the Star Game will determine the CSFL champion.
"We're anticipating Army to come hard next week and we look forward to that challenge," said Lake.