Sprint Football Heads To Army For Annual Star Game
Oct. 24, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy sprint football team will take its undefeated record on the road this weekend to West Point for the annual Star Game between Navy and Army. The Mids come into the Saturday matchup with a 5-0 mark, while the host Black Knights are also undefeated at 6-0. Kickoff for the contest is slated for 2 p.m. at Shea Stadium on the West Point campus.
Over the past three years, Navy's Class of 2014 has a won two of the four contests with Army, including a two-game sweep of play in 2011. Army was victorious over Navy in 2012, 21-18, and in 2010, by a 32-30 margin.
Live statistics and video will be offered by Army. There is a $9.95 fee to obtain the video stream. Links to both the statistics and video can be found on NavySports.com.
Last Time Out
The Navy sprint football team earned a 28-7 home victory over Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Led by a strong rushing attack and a tenacious defensive line, the Mids improved to 5-0 with the win against the Big Red.
The running back duo of Corey Garcia and Eric Wellmon led Navy's rushing effort with a combined 311 yards on the ground. Garcia finished with 181 yards on 33 carries, while Wellmon went for 130 yards on 16 rushes. Junior quarterback William Hampton threw two touchdowns on seven completions.
Defensively, juniors Christopher Mershon and Jon Moyle wrecked havoc in Cornell's offensive backfield all afternoon. Mershon had a game-high 3.5 sacks and another 3.5 tackles for loss, while Moyle finished with a game-high nine tackles, as well as 1.5 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss.
As a team, Navy outgained Cornell 428 yards to 226. The Mids' defense held the Big Red to just 34 yards on 42 attemps.
In recognition of his effort, Mershon was named the CSFL's Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in 2013
On the year, Navy has garnered five CSFL weekly awards as a team. Mershon leads list of honored Midshipmen as he is a two-time recipient. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 18 for his play versus Franklin Pierce, while David Williams (Sr., Roanoke, Va.) and Matt Piotrowicz (Sr., Sewell, N.J.) were the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week on Oct. 2 following the Mansfield game, respectively. Most recently, junior Jon Moyle (Tallahassee, Fla.) was named the Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16 for his play versus Post.
The Black Knights (6-0, 6-0 CSFL)
Similar to the Midshipmen, the Black Knights have had little trouble in CSFL competition this season as they have posted an undefeated record and a 208-point advantage in scoring (244-36).
In its last two games, Army has outscored Princeton and Mansfield by a 108-6 margin.
Most recently versus Princeton on Friday, Oct. 18, the Black Knights caused four turnovers, netted a safety and blocked a punt in the end zone to lead a balanced attack. They outgained the Tigers 246 yards to 60 in the 57-0 victory.
Navy (2013 Season - 4 Games)
Rushing - Corey Garcia (73 carries, 383 yards, 5.2 avg., 3 TDs)
Passing - William Hampton (28 of 68, 445 yards, 7 TDs)
Receiving - Michael Buck (5 catches, 109 yards, 21.8 avg., 1 TDs)
Tackles - Matt Piotrowicz (32 tackles, 21 solo, 11 assists, 6.5 TFL)
Sacks - Chris Mershon (6.5 sacks, 47 yards for loss)
Army (2013 Season - 6 Games)
Rushing - Marqus Burrell (72 carries, 325 yards, 4.5 avg., 6 TDs)
Passing - James Wartski (96 of 168, 1229 yards, 12 TDs)
Receiving - Tucker Van Dyke (20 catches, 309 yards, 15.4 avg., 2 TDs)
Tackles - Dylan Doty (38 tackles, 24 solo, 14 assists, 14.0 TFL)
Sacks - Dylan Doty (10.0 sacks, 77 yards for loss)
Last 10 Army-Navy Meetings
Navy holds an 8-2 advantage over Army in the last 10 meetings. Since 2006, the Mids are 4-0 on the road at West Point.
Nov. 2, 2012 - at Annapolis - Army 21-18 *Star Game
Nov. 4, 2011 - at West Point - Navy, 28-6 *Star Game
Sept. 17, 2011 - at Saratoga Springs - Navy, 38-20 (Allegiance Bowl)
Nov. 5, 2010 - at Annapolis - Army, 32-30 *Star Game
Oct. 30, 2009 - at West Point - Navy, 7-6 *Star Game
Oct. 31, 2008 - at Annapolis - Navy, 24-0 *Star Game
Sept. 28, 2008 - at West Point - Navy, 14-7 *Star Game
Nov. 2, 2007 - at West Point - Navy, 41-13 *Star Game
Sept. 22, 2007 - Saratoga Springs - Navy, 30-17 (Allegiance Bowl)
Nov. 3, 2006 - Annapolis - Navy, 17-6 *Star Game
Quoting the Coach
Coach Lake on this week's matchup with Army ...
"This is the matchup that we've been waiting a year for. It's an opportunity for us to show everyone what we're made of. We don't like being second fiddle in this rivalry. Our intention is to make this a complete business trip. We have an objection and things to take care of. We've been preparing for this game and we're going to go up there and do work. We are going to execute our game plan and play one hard-nosed game."
"Army's style of play is specific to them. You have to prepare differently and respect that uniqueness. Though with the tools that we have, we know that we can matchup with them. We need to keep a level head and play our brand of football throughout."