Sprint Football Kicks Off Three-Game Homestand with Cornell
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- After playing four of its first five games on the road, the sprint football team (4-1, 2-0 CSFL South) returns home for the final three regular season home games of the season, beginning with a morning matchup against Cornell (3-1, 1-0 CSFL North) on Friday, Oct. 20 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Kickoff between the two teams is slated for 11:30 a.m.
Live stats will be available during the game.
The Mids have a 57-13-2 all-time record against the Big Red in one of the sprint football team's longest rivalries. The first meeting between the two teams took place in Annapolis in 1946 with the Midshipmen posting a 15-0 victory. Navy is 28-4-1 all time against Cornell in Annapolis and have won the last 11 meetings between the two teams at home. The Mids have won 25 of the last 27 meetings overall, including a 40-7 victory last season in Ithaca, N.Y.
Last Time Out
The Navy sprint football team posted a 39-0 victory over Post University on the road on Saturday at LaMoy Field in Waterbury, Conn. The Mids shutout the Eagles for the third consecutive game in the series and have not allowed Post to score since the first 16 seconds of the 2014 game -- 239 minutes and 44 seconds of action, spanning nearly 16 quarters.
Defensively, the Midshipmen kept the Eagles off of the scoreboard. In addition, the Mids held the Eagles to 54 yards of total offense, including 90 yards passing and -36 yards on the ground. Navy tallied 8.0 tackles for loss, including 6.0 sacks. The defense forced three fumbles, while recovering a pair of loose balls.
Sheppard Wilson (Charlotte, N.C.), Nick Haslam (Roanoke, Texas), and Dean Rye (Fairfax, Va.) paced the defense with six tackles apiece. Luke Coughlin (Islip, N.Y.) and Caiden Groff (Bennington, Neb.) each recorded a team high 2.0 tackles for loss, while each adding a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Wilson also added a forced fumble, while Rye was credited with a pass breakup.
Offensively, The Mids registered 384 yards of total offense. The passing game accounted for 301 yards, while the team rushed for 83 yards on the ground. Braydan Chmiel (Warrenton, Mo.) eared his first start of the season and finished the game 21-for-37 for 301 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, the plebe rushed for 40 yards on 13 carries with a TD.
Austin Rogers (Cottonwood, Ariz.) and J.T. Thompson (Stratham, N.H.) paced the receivers. Rogers finished with a team-high 93 yards receiving, while Thompson was second with 88. Dane Livengood (Treynor, Iowa) and Sam Shaunak (Collierville, Tenn.) each caught touchdown passes on the day. Livengood added a TD rush in the game as well.
Brennen Means (Highland, Calif.) led the team with 52 rushing yards on eight carries, while adding a touchdown. Brian McLaughlin (Melrose, Mass.) chipped in 20 yards on the ground.
Fourth Down Success
The Navy sprint football team leads the Collegiate Sprint Football League in fourth down conversions this season. The Midshipmen have converted 7-of-11 fourth down attempts for a 63.6 percent success rate. The next closest in the league is 44.4 percent. Defensively, the Midshipmen have stepped up on the crucial down, owning a league-best rate of stopping opponents. This season, opponents have attempted eight fourth down conversions and have been successful just once (12.5 percent).
Seeking Title Number 37
This season, Navy is seeking its 37th Collegiate Sprint Football League title this fall in its 72nd season of action. However, the road to the championship is slightly different this year. With the addition of Caldwell University, the coaches voted to split the league into two divisions for 2017 -- North Division (Army West Point, Cornell, Franklin Pierce, Post) and South Division (Caldwell, Chestnut Hill, Mansfield, Penn, Navy). The winners of each division, which will be decided by each school's record against divisional opponents, will meet one week after the conclusion of the regular season in an official CSFL Championship game.
Navy continues the season with another home game as the Midshipmen welcome Penn to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 27. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available during the game.