Sprint Football Hosts Army For the Star and CSFL Title
Senior co-captain Drew Owens
Nov. 1, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - For the fourth consecutive season, Army and Navy will meet for the Collegiate Sprint Football League title as well as the Star in the final game of the season. The two teams, which are both 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the CSFL, will meet at 7 p.m. on Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Navy leads the all-time series with Army, 40-31-1 (.563), and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings.
Friday night's game will be final contest for Navy's 14 seniors...The class of 2013 enters the game with a mark of 25-2, making it the fifth consecutive senior class to amass at least 25 wins over its four years.
Navy has outgained opponents 1247-277 on the ground the season...The Mids are averaging 207.8 yards per game on the ground.
The Midshipmen are 30-of-37 (81%) inside the red zone this season, having scored touchdowns on 23 occasions...Navy's 23 touchdowns inside the red zone are the most since the 2005 team also had 23.
The Navy defense has produced 62 tackles for loss (289 yards), including 28 sacks (187 yards)...It is the most tackles for loss by the defense since 2008 when Navy racked up 69.
The Navy secondary has combined for 13 interceptions this season, the highest total for the defense since 2010 when it had 17... Two of the interceptions have been returned for touchdowns, while six picks have led to Navy touchdowns on the ensuing offensive possessions.
Navy leads the CSFL in defense as it is allowing an average of just 163 yards of total offense per game ... Navy has surrendered 66 yards or fewer in three games this season.
Opponents are converting on just 25% (20-of-80) of their third-down opportunities against the Navy defense.
For the second consecutive season, junior linebacker Matt Piotrowicz is leading Navy in tackles with 41 (21 solo, 20 assists)...Piotrowicz is tied with fellow linebacker Temple Sloan and defensive end Chris Mershon for the team in lead for tackles for loss at 8.5.
Running backs Corey Garcia and Alex Horton rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the CSFL in rushing ... Garcia has a total of 393 yards on 75 carries (5.2 avg.) while Horton has 378 yards on 62 rushes (6.1 avg.) and six touchdowns.
More on the Army-Navy Sprint Football Matchup
The team with the most rushing yards has won nine of the last 11 meetings.
The road team has won the last three non-neutral site matchups.
Last season, Navy defeated Army, 28-6, at West Point to complete its undefeated season. Running back David Williams established a pair of Navy single-game rushing records in yards, with 291, and carries, with 39.
Rushing - Corey Garcia (75 carries, 393 yards, 5.2 avg.)
Passing - Lewis Correale (30-of-55, 359 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs)
Receiving - Michael Buck (14 catches, 130 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles - Matt Piotrowicz (41 tackles, 21 solo, 20 assists, 8.5 TFL)
Rushing - Marquis Morris (108 carries, 559 yards, 5.2 avg., 6 TDs)
Passing - Javier Sustaita (150-of-228, 1824 yards, 20 TDs, 1 INT)
Receiving - Tom Jeffers (47 catches, 535 yards, 6 TDs.)
Tackles - Noah Currie (40 tackles, 21 solo, 19 assists, 12.0 TFL)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Kavan Lake on this week's matchup with Army...
"As we go into this week our focus remains the same...execution on both sides of the ball and special teams. We know Army will come out fighting hard, and we intend on fighting harder. I can tell that the boys are excited to play Army, because I keep hearing them say it, and I absolutely love the atmosphere. My expectation this week is for our guys to leave nothing on the table. Make no mistake, we understand the implications of this game, and we intend to come with a full team effort."
CSFL Recognizes West
Junior defensive back Brendan West was named the CSFL Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts last Friday in Navy's 44-10 win at Penn. West recorded six tackles and also had an interception late in the first half that led to a Navy touchdown.
This is West's first CSFL Defensive Player of the Week accolade, while he has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week twice (Sept. 26, 2012, Sept. 28, 2011) in his career.
Always a Threat to Score
Through six games, Navy's defense and special teams combined for seven touchdowns. Navy's suffocating defense has produced 17 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.