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Sprint Football Heads to Princeton

Chris Mershon

Sept. 21, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy will begin its 2012 Collegiate Sprint Football League slate this weekend when it travels to Princeton to face the Tigers at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Mids will be looking to get off to a 2-0 start, while Princeton enters the game at 0-1 after falling to Mansfield, 23-16, in its season opener.

• Navy opened the season by defeating the Coppin State club team, 38-27, on Friday night in Annapolis...Navy is now 65-2-1 in season-opening games and has won its last 38.

• The Mids were a perfect 4-of-4 in the red zone against the Eagles, producing touchdowns in the first and second (two) quarters, while Adrian Montecinos added a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter.

• The Navy defense produced two defensive touchdowns in the win over Coppin State, including a 70-yard fumble recovery by Chris Mershon and a 25-yard interception return by Collin Ascherl...It marked the first time Navy registered two defensive TDs since Oct. 8, 2011 when Will Parker (fumble return) and Sam Gedeon (interception return) both scored in a 30-19 win over Mansfield.

• Navy combined for 10 tackles for loss totaling 50 yards in the win...Navy last had 10 or more tackles for loss in 42-21 win over Cornell on Oct. 28, 2011 when it produced 12.

• Junior running back David Williams recorded his eighth consecutive 100-yard game on the ground as he rushed for 117 yards on 13 carries.

• Tight end Daniel Meaney established a career high with three catches for 65 yards.

• Navy and Princeton will be meeting for the first time since 2010 after the Tigers were forced to forfeit last year's game...Navy leads the all-time series with Princeton, 66-9-4, and has won the last 14 meetings between the schools.



• Navy has held Princeton scoreless for 363:18 - a streak that dates back to the 2004 season...The Mids won the last meeting, 67-0, in Annapolis.

• The field goal block by Julian Jerzerick at the end of the second quarter of Friday's game was the first for Navy since Oct. 30, 2009 in a 7-6 win at Army...Navy blocked two field goal attempts in the '09 season.

• The Navy defense had five interceptions last season and produced three picks in the season-opening win over Coppin State.

Take It Back
Despite yielding over 400 yards in last week's win, the Navy defense showed a knack for making big plays, which eventually led to the victory. The Mids forced a total of four turnovers, including three interceptions and one fumble.

Navy forced its first Coppin State turnover leading 24-13 with just under one minute to play in the third quarter when a sack by Temple Sloan knocked the ball lose and Chris Mershon went 70 yards the other way for a touchdown.

After Coppin had cut the deficit to 31-21, the Mids defense stepped up as it combined for three interceptions on the Eagles' last four possessions of the game. This included a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown by Collin Ascherl.

Navy (through one game)

Rushing - David Williams (13 carries, 117 yards, 9.0 avg.)
Passing - Lewis Correale (6 of 13, 101 yards)
Receiving - Daniel Meaney (3 catches, 65 yards, 21,7 avg.)
Tackles - Matt Piotrowicz (10 tackles, 6 solo, 4 assists, 0.5 TFL)

Princeton (through one game)
Rushing - Sean Conrad (21 carries, 127 yards, 1 TD)
Passing - Jaison Zachariah (8 of 14, 92 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int.)
Receiving - Chris Cadman (4 catches, 58 yards, 14.5 avg., 1 TD)
Tackles - Chris Cadman (7 tackles, 3 solo, 4 assists, 0.5 TFL)

Quoting the Coach
Coach Lake on this week's matchup with Princeton...

"It will be a long two weeks for our guys with Princeton on Saturday, and Post at home the following Friday night. But that doesn't change anything. We still continue our preparation for the next team, and we still push hard through practices.

"It's a very short season, and we have no intention of pulling up. We will work hard as a team to accomplish our number one the CSFL championship in 2012. We have a short break after Post, but I emphasize to the guys to never take your foot off the gas.

"I tell this team that when they step on the field, they own it for four quarters. I tell them when they leave the field, they leave with no regrets, and leave no doubts in anyone's mind they played with 100% effort."

DeLong is the Special Teams Player of the Week
Senior punter Mike DeLong was named the Collegiate Sprint Football League Special Teams Player of the week. DeLong dropped three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line in last Friday's win over Coppin State and had a long of 45 yards. It was the first such honor of DeLong's career.

All-League Returners
The Midshipmen return 16 All-CSFL performers from last season's undefeated team. Offensively Navy returns running back David Williams (first team); offensive linemen Drew Owens (second team) and Mark Reaser (honorable mention); fullback D.J. Hooper (second team); wide receiver Jesse Holian (second team); and tight end Will Harris (honorable mention).

On the other side of the ball, Navy returns linemen Julian Jerzerick (first team), Chris Mershon (second team) and Dylan Etzel (honorable mention); linebackers Matt Piotrowicz (first team) and Will Parker (second team); and defensive backs Brendan West (second team), Stephen Meidus (honorable mention) and Ronald Allen (honorable mention).

Senior punter Mike DeLong (first team) and junior kicker Adrian Montecinos (second team) also return.

Up Next
Navy will take on Post at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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