Sprint Football Heads to West Point for Annual Star Series Game
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The only two undefeated teams in the Collegiate Sprint Football League clash on the gridiron this weekend as the Navy sprint football team (3-0, 2-0 CSFL South) is set to take on archrival Army (3-0, 2-0 CSFL North) in the annual Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA. The 78th meeting between the two teams takes place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Shea Stadium in West Point, N.Y.
The game will be broadcast on Knight Vision with subscriptions starting at $6.95. In addition, free live stats will also be available.
The game pits two of the league's best teams against each other. Army leads the league in scoring offense, while Navy is the top rushing offense in the conference. The Black Knights are atop the standings in scoring defense and total defense, just ahead of the Midshipmen who rank second in both categories. Army leads the league in passing efficiency, but the Navy defense has set the tone in the CSFL, leading the way in interceptions. The Mids lead the league in first downs, third down conversions, and fourth down conversions to boast a conference-best time of possession.
Navy holds a 42-34-1 (.552) record in the all-time series with Army. The Midshipmen posted a 10-3 victory last season in Annapolis and have won two of the last three meetings. The last victory for the Mids in West Point came in 2011 as Navy posted a 28-6 victory over Army.
Last Time vs. Army (Nov. 4, 2016):
Behind a complete team effort, the Navy sprint football team earned a gritty 10-3 victory over Army in the two rival service academy's annual Star Game. After a slow start saw the Mids fall behind 3-0 in the first quarter and get held to minus-three rushing yards in the first half, a stifling defense and hard-nosed running attack in the second half helped the hosts come from behind for a dramatic 10-3 victory over the Black Knights before a boisterous crowd at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Nick Abramson (Walnut Creek, Calif.) led Navy's merciless defensive attack from his starting linebacker position with a career-high 13 tackles, which included two sacks and a third tackle for loss. Kendall Mackey (Atlanta, Ga.) backed up his fellow classmate on Senior Night with seven tackles and an interception, his sixth career caused turnover in a Star Game. Alex Oldham (Dayton, Ohio) and Bryant Schlade (Napoleon, Ohio) were also all over the field and in Army's backfield as both players had six tackles and one sack, respectively. In his first start of the year as a cornerback, Brendon Clements (Miami, Fla.) helped the Mids' effort as he played a leading role in shutting down Army's vaunted passing attack that came in averaging over 225 yards per game, second-best in the CSFL. The Black Knights finished with 87 total passing yards and 35 on the ground for an aggregate of 122 yards over their 22:47 time of possession.
Offensively, Clements showed strong in his double-duty workload as the team's leading rusher and second-leading receiver. On his 19 total touches on offense, Clements gained 91 yards rushing on 16 carries and 62 yards on three receptions. He tallied the game's lone touchdown with a one-yard score in the third quarter. Quarterback Nick Deterding (Lindsborg, Kan.) guided Navy's offense with 183 yards passing on 16 completions spread out over six receivers; he also rushed for 37 yards. Miles Whitlow (Clemens, Ala.) was Deterding's top target with six catches for 73 yards.
Last Time Out:
In the first home game of the season, the Navy sprint football team posted a 33-0 shutout over Franklin Pierce on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium thanks to a tremendous defensive effort. The Midshipmen defense limited the Ravens to 82 yards of total offense and held FPU to just five first downs on the day.
The defensive effort was led by Sheppard Wilson (Charlotte, N.C.) who tallied eight tackles, including seven solo stops. He was joined by Troy Monroe (Columbus, Ga.), Dean Rye (Fairfax, Va.), and Nick Haslam (Roanoke, Texas) who each added five tackles apiece. Luke Coughlin (Islip, N.Y.) led the team with two tackles for loss, including a sack, while Monroe and Tommy Guinan (Emhurst, Ill.) each contributed a TFL. Monroe and Rye each got their hands on a Franklin Pierce punt, while Monroe was credited with a pair of quarterback hurries.
Offensively, the Mids tallied 347 total yards, including a season-high 215 passing yards. Starting quarterback Brandon Coleman (Yonkers, N.Y.) finished the game 10-for-17 for 144 yards and a touchdown. He was relieved by Braydan Chmiel (Warrenton, Mo.) who was 5-of-8 for 71 yards and a rushing TD.
The Midshipmen saw 11 different players make at least one reception in the game. Jay Cooke (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) led the team with 73 yards on three receptions. J.T. Thompson (Stratham, N.H.) made one reception -- a 19-yard touchdown catch in the first half.
On the ground, Brian McLaughlin (Melrose, Mass.) paced the rushing attack that saw 10 different players with at least one carry. The junior tallied 40 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns from his fullback position. Coleman was second on the team with 30 yards on 10 touches.
Jared Swenson (Seymour, Wis.) was perfect on the day, connecting on a pair of field goals and three extra points for nine points. For his efforts, he was named CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.