Sprint Football Welcomes Mansfield For Friday Night Matchup
Senior defender Robert Atkinson
Sept. 25, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy will be in CSFL action this Friday, Sept. 27 when its hosts Mansfield at 7 p.m. at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Midshipmen and Mountaineers will be facing off for the fifth time in the history of the two programs.
Following a forfeit win over Princeton last week, the Mids will look to continue their dominance over Mansfield as they are 4-0 all-time with a 172 to 26 point differential in those four games.
Admission to the contest is free with live statistics and video available on NavySports.com.
Last Time Out
Prior to Navy's forfeit victory over an under-manned Princeton team, the Mids last played on Friday, Sept. 13 versus Franklin Pierce at home. In the first-ever matchup between the two programs, Navy used a mixture of dominant defense and timely offense to pull away in the third quarter and earn the 23-9 victory.
The trio of quarterback William Hampton (Jr., Charleston, S.C.), running back Eric Wellmon (So.,Wallkill, N.Y.) and wide receiver Tracy Daniels (Sr., Jonesboro, Ga.) led Navy's offensive to the majority of the team's 315 total yards, while lineman Christopher Mershon (Jr., Lee's Summit, Mo.), linebacker Matthew Piotrowicz (Sewell, N.J.) and defensive back Alec McGlaughlin (Sr., State College, Pa.) spearheaded Navy's stingy defense.
In recognition of his efforts, Mershon was named the CSFL's first Defensive Player of the Week for the 2013 season. The junior finished with 12 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, as well as a forced fumble and deflection that led to an interception.
As a team, Navy outgained Franklin Pierce 315 to 118; the Ravens were held under 100 yards until early in the fourth quarter. Led by McGlaughlin's two interceptions the Mids' defense caused five turnovers; Hampton was picked off twice in Navy's only turnovers.
The Mountaineers (1-1, 1-1 CSFL)
In just its fifth year of existence the Mansfield program is looking to build off of its 2-5 campaign in 2012 and move into the upper half of the CSFL this fall. After 2012 victories over Princeton and Franklin Pierce, the Mountaineers began 2013 with a 24-14 home win over Princeton on Sept. 14 . In their most recent game on Sept. 20 at Penn, Mansfield was defeated 42-14, as the Quakers outscored the Mountaineers 35-0 in the second half.
Navy (2013 Season - 1 Game)
Rushing - Eric Wellmon (17 carries, 89 yards, 5.2 avg.)
Passing - William Hampton (10 of 24, 128 yards)
Receiving - Tracy Daniels (4 catches, 98 yards, 24.5 avg.)
Tackles - Chris Mershon (12 tackles, 7 solo, 5 assists, 3.5 TFL)
Sacks - Temple Sloan (1 sacks, 11 yards for loss)
Mansfield (2013 Season - 2 Games)
Rushing - Jeremy Estremera (49 carries, 186 yards, 3.8 avg.)
Passing - Ben Pepper (15 of 30, 159 yards)
Receiving - Joe Bucek (5 catches, 45 yards, 9.0 avg.)
Tackles - Jake Myers (15 tackles, 9 solo, 6 assists, 1.5 TFL)
Sacks - Jonathan Keller (1.5 Sacks, 14 yards for loss)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Lake on this week's matchup with Mansfield ...
"Coming off of a loss, they'll be upset and looking for redemption and I'm making sure that our guys are ready for that. More importantly though, we'll have to focus on playing our game. Look for us to come out strong and working hard for the whole 60 minutes; doing what Navy Sprint does. We want to win and do so in statement fashion."
On the team's preparation during the off week ...
"We toned down the contact for a few extra days and focused on getting players healthy. The off week also allowed us to look ahead and put in extra work focusing on Mansfield and some of the formations that we will see versus them."