Sprint Football Continues Road Swing Saturday at Mansfield
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy sprint football team (1-0) continues its two-game road trip to open the 2017 season with a game at Mansfield (0-1) on Saturday, Sept. 23 at noon at Karl Van Norman Field in Mansfield, Pa. Live stats and live video will be available during the game HERE.
The Mountaineers will hold Military Appreciation Day on Saturday. Free admission will be given to anyone with military identification courtesy of the Mansfield University Athletic Department. All current and former military personnel will be asked to stand and be recognized at the conclusion of the first quarter.
Navy enters the weekend after opening the season with a 27-17 road win over Chestnut Hill on Friday, Sept. 15. The Midshipmen tallied 300 total yards of offense, throwing for 76 and amassing 224 on the ground. The Mids' defense thwarted a pair of potential late scoring drives coming up with two interceptions, while also mounting a goal-line stand as time expired.
Mansfield, who will be playing its first home game of the year, enters the weekend after a 24-21 loss at Franklin Pierce. The Mountaineers led 13-10 at halftime, but fell behind 24-13 in the fourth quarter. A touchdown with 2:41 remaining in the game brought Mansfield within a field goal at 24-21, but Franklin Pierce would hold on for the win in the CSFL opener.
The Midshipmen lead the all-time series with the Mountaineers, 8-0. Navy has outscored Mansfield, 333-49, in the eight games and the Mids' average margin of victory is approximately 42-6.
With the win over Chestnut Hill, the Midshipmen have now won 42 consecutive season openers. The Mids will look to go 2-0 for the 17th consecutive season. The last time Navy did not start the season 2-0 was 2000 when the Mids finished the year 3-3.
The opening day victory gives head coach Major Jeff Polson, USMC a 12-3 (.800) overall record, tying him for seventh in school history for total wins.
Last Time Out: Navy 27, Chestnut Hill 17
The Navy sprint football team posted a 27-17 victory on the road against Chestnut Hill at Garthwaite Stadium in Conshohocken, Pa. The two teams were tied 10-10 late in the second quarter before the Midshipmen rattled off 17 consecutive points to take control of the game.
The Mids had a balanced running game with four players -- Brandon Coleman (Yonkers, N.Y.), Stefano Saragusa (Haines City, Fla.), Luis Castillo (Mason, Texas), and Caleb Champion (Milton, Fla.) -- each recording over 30 yards on the ground on the night. The foursome combined for 204 yards of the team's 224 rushing yards. Coleman led the way with 75 yards and a touchdown, while Saragusa added 57 yards. Castillo and Champion notched 39 and 33 yards on the ground, respectively. Brian McLaughlin (Melrose, Mass.) tallied 18 yards on seven carries, but led the team with two touchdowns.
In the air, Coleman finished the game 5-for-8 for 76 yards with a long of 45. He hit three different receivers -- Matt Vogel (Upper Saddle River, N.J.), J.T. Thompson (Stratham, N.H.), and Sam Shaunak (Collierville, Tenn.) -- on the night. Shaunak hauled down a big 45-yard reception late in the first half, while Vogel (18 yards) and Thompson (13 yards) each had a pair of receptions each.
Defensively, Navy tallied 40 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack, with four pass breakups and a pair of interceptions. Dean Rye (Fairfax, Va.) led the team with eight stops, while Troy Monroe (Columbus, Ga.) recorded the Mids' only sack. Patrick McMahan (Windermere, Fla.) and Tommy Guinan (Elmhurst, Ill.) each recorded interceptions on the night.
Placekicker Jared Swenson (Seymour, Wis.) finished the night with nine points in the game. The sophomore notched a pair of field goals, while adding three point after attempts. McMahan led the team with three kickoff returns for 95 yards to help set up the offensive attack.