Sept. 11, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy will begin its 2013 Collegiate Sprint Football League schedule this Friday, Sept. 13 when it hosts league newcomer Franklin Pierce at 7 p.m. at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Midshipmen and Ravens will be facing off for the first time in the history of the two programs.
Friday night's matchup begins the Mids' march towards their 36th CSFL title and first under the leadership of second-year head coach Maj. Kavan Lake, USMC. Posting a 6-1 record in 2012, Navy returns 14 All-CSFL performers this season led by senior linebacker Matt Piotrowicz (Sewell, N.J.), a two-time, first team honoree.
Admission to the contest is free and live statistics will be available on NavySports.com.
Senior running back David Williams (Roanoke, Va.) and senior defensive back Brendan West (Meridian, Idaho) will serve as this year's team captains. While a setback with another ACL injury will sideline Williams in 2013, West, the Navy MVP in 2012 after recording 26 tackles and earning All-CSFL Second-Team honors, will be looked upon to lead the team both on and off the field.
The Mids have added 23 newcomers to their roster, many of whom will be looked upon to see meaningful minutes on Friday. The offensive line has seen the most additions to its corps this offseason with seven new players joining the program.
Last Time Out
Navy was in exhibition action on Friday, Sept. 6 when it hosted a non-sprint Coppin State club team. A safety with 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter was the only points of the game as the Midshipmen held on for a 2-0 shutout win.
Navy's defense shined versus Coppin State as it held the Eagles to just 153 yards overall and only 35 on the ground. Navy never let Coppin State inside the red zone en route to the victory.
Piotrowicz led the Mids with 10 tackles and Chris Mershon (Sr., Lee's Summit, Mo.) recorded two sacks. Navy had six sacks on the night as the defense made up for two Navy turnovers and just 101 yards of total offense.
"The defense caught up quickly to Coppin State; those guys are ready to go. Our strength is in our defense," said Lake about his team's effort last Friday. "We have a young offensive line and they're still coming up to speed, so from here we'll work on building up our offense."
In just its second year of existence the Franklin Pierce program is looking to build off its 1-4 campaign in 2012, with a full slate of CSFL games in 2013 as new member of the league. The Ravens' lone victory a year ago came on the road at Princeton as they defeated the Tigers, 21-14. In their four losses in 2012, only once were they outscored by more than one possession.
RETURNING STAT LEADERS
Navy (2012 Season - 7 Games)
Rushing - Corey Garcia (84 carries, 398 yards, 4.7 avg.)
Passing - Lewis Correale (51 of 98, 615 yards)
Receiving - Michael Buck (19 catches, 157 yards, 15.7 avg.)
Tackles - Matt Piotrowicz (52 tackles, 31 solo, 21 assists, 10.5 TFL)
Sacks - Chris Mershon (8 sacks, 38 yards for loss)
Franklin Pierce (2012 Season - 5 Games)
Rushing - D.J. MacDonald (97 carries, 323 yards, 3.3 avg.)
Passing - N/A ... No returning quarterbacks
Receiving - Jahlil Dean (19 catches, 273 yards, 14.4 avg.)
Tackles - James Willette (48 tackles, 14 solo, 34 assists, 2.0 TFL)
Sacks - Nick Trochalakis (3.5 Sacks, 20 yards for loss)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Lake on this week's matchup with Franklin Pierce...
"Franklin Pierce looks like a fairly disciplined team and we definitely have to respect them. They have some athletes and a great coaching staff. We are looking forward to battling with them. We don't have a whole lot of film on them, so we'll have to just play our game and try to keep them from playing theirs. Hopefully our boys will come out on top."