Oct. 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy sprint football team will look to remain undefeated this Friday when it hosts Mansfield at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy is 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Collegiate Sprint Football League, while Mansfield is 1-3 both overall and in the conference.
Navy All-Access will provide a free video stream of Friday's game.
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Navy is 3-0 all-time against Mansfield ... Last season, Navy rallied from a 19-7 third-quarter deficit and scored 24 consecutive points to win, 31-19, on the road.
For the second consecutive week, Navy leads the CSFL in total defense, allowing an average of just 185 yards per game ... Mansfield ranks seventh in the conference in total offense as the Mountaineers are averaging 163 yards per game.
Friday's game features two of the league's top rookie rushers in Navy's Corey Garcia and Mansfield's John Bockington ... Garcia is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, with 336 yards on 41 carries, while fellow freshman Bockington is averaging 6.2 yards per rush with 32 carries for 199 yards.
Navy is 17-of-23 (74%) inside the red zone this season ... All 11 of the Mids' touchdowns this season have come inside the red zone.
Through four games, the Navy defense has produced 42 tackles for loss totaling 218 yards ... Navy's 22 sacks rank second in the league behind Army, which has played one more game than the Mids.
The Mids' secondary has picked off nine passes this season, which is four more than the team's total from a season ago ... Two of the Mids' interceptions have been returned for touchdowns, which is just one shy of the program record, last achieved in 2004.
Navy's stingy run defense has limited opponents to a total of just 190 rushing yards on 140 attempts this season, resulting in an average of just 1.4 yards per carry ... Last season, Navy held opponents to an average of 1.3 yards per rush.
Junior linebacker Matt Piotrowicz continues to lead Navy in tackles with 29 (13 solo, 16 assists) ... Freshman linebacker Temple Sloan leads in tackles for loss with 8.0 (41 yards)
The Midshipmen have scored a total of 18 touchdowns this season, seven of which have come via special teams and defense.
The Navy defense has surrendered just 57 points this season while it has scored 24 with a pair of interception returns and fumble returns for touchdowns ... The 24 points are the most scored by a Navy defense since the 2010 team produced 30.
Navy (after four games)
Rushing - Fr. Corey Garcia (68 carries, 336 yards, 4.9 avg.)
Passing - So. Will Hampton (19-of-45, 243 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs)
Receiving - Jr. Michael Buck (12 catches, 117 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles - Jr. Matt Piotrowicz (29 tackles, 13 solo, 16 assists, 6.0 TFL)
Mansfield (after four games)
Rushing - Fr. John Brockington (41 carries, 199 yards, 4.9 avg., 1 TD)
Passing - So. Michael Doyle (22-of-46, 218 yards, 1 INT)
Receiving - Sr. David Wallace (19 catches, 182 yards)
Tackles - Sr. Justin DiMatteo (40 tackles, 24 solo, 16 assists, 5.5 TFL
Quoting the Coach
Navy head coach Maj. Kavan Lake, USMC previews this Friday's matchup with Mansfield...
"As we get into the last half of our season, we look to get back into form after the Cornell game. Re-establish dominance - that is the theme for this week and for the rest of the season. We must play up to our potential, and not leave anything in reserve.
"Mansfield played us tough last year, and we had to come from behind to get the win. That is not how Navy sprint plays football, and I have reminded the guys about that. We are a very talented team with so much to give. The final half of the season is the time to put everything on the table. We will continue to work hard to be the best team we can be, and earn every single yard on every single down."
Montecinos Comes Through
After tying a career and program record with three field goals in Navy's win over Cornell last weekend, junior kicker Adrian Montecinos was named the CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week. Montecinos connected on tries from 27, 39 and 20 yards in the win over the Big Red. His 39-yarder in the third quarter tied a career long.
In connecting on 7-of-8 field-goal attempts in 2012, Montecinos is three kicks shy of tying the Navy record for field goals in a season, set by Douglas Wilson in 1985.
Always a Threat to Score
Through four games, Navy's defense and special teams have combined for seven touchdowns. Navy's suffocating defense has produced 13 takeaways, including two interception returns for touchdowns and two fumble returns for touchdowns. Navy's two interception returns, which are one shy of the program record last reached in 2004, came courtesy of Collin Ascherl and Carter Reading. Defensive end Chris Mershon had both fumble returns.
Navy's two kickoff returns and one punt return mark the first time since 1979 the team has produced three kick returns for touchdowns in a season.
Navy will play its final road game of the season on Oct. 26 when it heads to Philadelphia, Pa., to meet Penn at 7 p.m.