Sprint Football Welcomes Franklin Pierce for Home Opener
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy sprint football team (2-0, 2-0 CSFL South) will kick off the home portion of its 2017 schedule on Saturday afternoon with a matchup versus the Franklin Pierce Ravens (1-1, 0-1 CSFL North). Kickoff is slated for 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Mids are 3-1 all-time against Franklin Pierce. Navy won the first two matchups in the series by a combined score of 68-30 before dropping an 18-16 decision to the Ravens. The Midshipmen rebounded last season with a 54-13 victory on the road in Rindge, N.H.
Last weekend, Navy scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to claim a 41-14 victory on the road against Mansfield. The Midshipmen led 17-14 heading into the final quarter, but erupted for their biggest quarter of the year to seal the dominating victory.
Offensively, Navy amassed 455 yards of total offense, including 299 yards on the ground. Six players tallied double-digit rushing yards, led by a 103-yard effort by Brandon Coleman (Yonkers, N.Y.).
Jared Swenson (Seymour, Wis.) finished the game with 11 points, connecting on a pair of field goals and five PATs. For his efforts, he was touted as the CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week.
Defensively, Mason Hooten (Orlando, Fla.) finished the game with a team-high six tackles (4 solo, 2 assisted), including a sack and a pair of interceptions. Sheppard Wilson (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded two pass break ups and an interception that he returned 19 yards for a touchdown. Wilson's pick-six sparked the 24-point fourth quarter and landed the junior CSFL Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Seniors RB Mac Lavis (Orinda, Calif.) and LB Alex Oldham (Dayton, Ohio) are serving as this year's team captains. Lavis was an Honorable Mention All-Collegiate Sprint Football League player last season. He rushed for 299 yards on 64 carries, while adding 58 receiving yards on seven catches for 357 all-purpose yards. Oldham was named Second Team All-CSFL in 2016. He recorded 34 tackles (24 solo, 10 assisted) with 8.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, one interception, one quarterback hurry, one pass break up, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Polson Back for Year Three
Major Jeff Polson, USMC was appointed head coach of the Navy sprint football program during the summer of 2015. Polson became the 30th head coach in the program's history and led the Mids to a 5-2 record in his first season. In his second year with the program, he directed the team to a 6-1 overall record, including a 10-3 victory over Army. Thirty-four (34) Mids have been named to All-CSFL teams under his guidance.
Seeking Title Number 37
Navy is seeking its 37th Collegiate Sprint Football League title this fall in its 72nd season of action.
Navy continues the season with another road game as the Midshipmen travel to West Point, N.Y. to take on Army in the 2017 sprint football installment of the annual Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Shea Stadium.