Sept. 22, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Navy will open its 2011 Collegiate Sprint Football League schedule on Friday night when it travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to meet Penn at 7 p.m. at Franklin Field. Navy is coming off a 38-20 win over Army last weekend, while Penn defeated Princeton, 34-0, in its first game of the season.
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Navy improved to 3-1 all-time in the Allegiance Bowl as it defeated Army, 38-20, to open the season last weekend.
Navy will be looking to avenge last season's 24-14 loss to Penn in the Allegiance Bowl, which halted Navy's 25-game winning streak...Navy leads the all-time series with the Quakers, 67-6-2, and has won 10 of the last 11 meetings.
With 142 yards in last weekend's win, sophomore running back David Williams helped the Mids rack up a total of 250 yards on the ground. It was Navy's most rushing yards against Army since it had 313 in a 30-17 win over the Black Knights in the Allegiance Bowl on Sept. 22, 2007.
Navy was a perfect 4-of-4 in the red zone last weekend. The Mids got into the end zone on their first three trips and then added a field goal in their final trip in the fourth quarter.
The Mids' 415 yards of total offense last weekend eclipsed their 2010 average of 397.4 yards per game.
Sophomore kicker Adrian Montecinos is now 8-for-8 in his career in field goal attempts after kicking a 27-yarder last weekend...In hitting on all five of his extra-point attempts last week, Montecinos is now perfect in his last 18 attempts, dating back to last season.
The Navy defense produced a total of 10 tackles-for-loss for a -35 yards in last weekend's win...Junior defensive end Julian Jerzerick led the way with three for -11 yards.
David Williams' punt block against Army on Saturday was the first since Cartwright Hall blocked a punt in Navy's 67-0 win over Princeton on Oct. 22 last season.
In his quarterback debut, senior Erik Erlandson completed 12-for-21 passes for 165 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a rating of 145.05.
With two rushing touchdowns last weekend, senior running back Marty Meehan equaled his season total from 2010.
No Room to Run
The Navy run defense rose to the occasion on Saturday as it limited Army to just 32 total rushing yards on 24 attempts (1.3 avg.). It was the fewest amount of rushing yards that Navy surrendered to the Black Knights since allowing 27 in a 24-0 win on Oct. 31, 2008.
Last season, the Mids led the league in defense - allowing an average of just 184.3 yards per game. On the ground, Navy gave up an average of just 74.3 yards per game in 2010.
Navy (through one game)
Rushing - David Williams (23 carries, 142 yards, 6.2 avg.)
Passing - Erik Erlandson (12 of 21, 165 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
Receiving - Drew Presnell (5 catches, 50 yards, 10.0 avg., 1 TD)
Tackles - Will Parker (8 tackes, 6 solo, 2 assists, 1 TFL)
Penn (through one game)
Rushing - Mike Beamish (8 carries, 139 yards, 17.4 avg., 1 TD)
Passing - Todd Busler (10 of 14, 128 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Receiving - Andrew Donald (4 catches, 61 yards, 15.2 avg., 2 TD)
Tackles - Matt Cuccinello (10 tackles, 9 solos, 1 assist, 5.5 TFL)
Williams Named Game MVP
Sophomore running back David Williams had a game-high 142 yards on 23 carries in last weekend's win, earning him Allegiance Bowl MVP honors. While he didn't produce a rushing touchdown, Williams scored the first points of the game when he blocked a punt and took it into the end zone.
Quoting the Coach
Coach Maury's take on this week's matchup with Penn...
"Penn is obviously a well-coached team. They do an excellent job of showing you different looks on both sides of the ball.
"My staff had a short week to prepare for Penn, but did an outstanding job of efficiently using their time. This Friday will be a test and I'm confident we are up to the challenge."
Navy returns 13 of its 26 All-CSFL honorees from last season. Offensively, Navy brings back linemen Sean Fergerson (first team) and Matt Williams (first team), receiver Jordan Foley (second team), running backs D.J. Hooper (honorable mention) and David Williams (honorable mention) and former wide receiver - now quarterback - Erik Erlandson (honorable mention).
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive backs Zzmarr Stone (first team), Vince DeBenedetti (honorable mention) and Brendan West (honorable mention), linebacker Will Parker (honorable mention) and defensive end Julian Jerzerick (honorable mention) all return.
Kicker Adrian Montecinos (second team) and punter Mike DeLong (second team) are also back.
Foley Sets Punt Return Mark
With a total of 567 career punt-return yards, senior Jordan Foley is Navy's all-time leader in the category. Last season, Foley also set the single-season mark for kick return yards with 259 and currently has a career total of 371.
Trevor Garabedian-Prophet (2002-05) holds the Navy kick-return yardage record with 657.
This year's co-captains are defensive back Zzmarr Stone and offensive lineman Matt Williams.
Stone, a native of Corona, Calif., is a two-time All-CSFL honoree and led the league in interceptions with four last season.
Williams, who hails from Roanoke, Va., was named the team's top lineman last season.
The Mids will host their first of two home games this season on Friday, Sept. 30 when they take on Post at 4:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.