Star, CSFL Title on the Line as Sprint Football Travels to Army on Friday
Nov. 3, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy will meet Army for the Star and the Collegiate Sprint Football League title in the final game of the season on Friday night at West Point's Shea Stadium. The Midshipmen enter the game undefeated at 6-0, overall, and 5-0 in the CSFL. The Black Knights are 5-1, overall, and 5-0 in CSFL play, with their only loss coming to Navy, 38-20, in the season-opening Allegiance Bowl in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Recap)
Friday's game will mark the third consecutive season the Star Game will determine will determine Collegiate Sprint Football League champion.
A win on Friday would give Navy its 26th undefeated season as well as its 35th CSFL championship and 28th outright.
Navy leads the all-time series with Army, 39-31-1 (.556), and has won 12 of the last 13 meetings.
Navy has out-rushed opponents by a staggering margin of 1,418-136 this season...Navy is averaging 283.6 yards per game on the ground, well above its league-leading average of 197.3 in 2010.
With a total of 25 wins, Navy's seniors have the opportunity to tie the program record for wins by a class with 26...The class of 2012 is the fourth consecutive Navy senior class to record 25 wins over its four years.
Sophomore running back David Williams leads the league in rushing with a total of 861 yards on 125 carries (6.9 avg.) this season...Williams has rushed for more yards than any other Midshipman since 1997 when Matt Sobecki set the Navy record with 984 yards on 165 carries (6.0 avg.).
Navy is 20-of-26 (77%) in the red zone this season...Its 18 touchdowns inside the 20-yard line are the most since the 2008 team also scored 18 TDs in the red zone.
Navy has held opponents to 17-of-83 (20%) on third downs this season, while the Mids have gone 32-of-78 (41%).
The Mids have started fast in nearly every game this season, outscoring opponents 42-0 in the first quarter...Navy scored touchdowns on its initial drives against Penn, Post and Cornell.
The league-leading Navy defense has yielded a total of just 946 yards (198.2 yards per game). While the entire defense has been impressive, it has been the Mids' rushing defense that has been the most dominant - allowing a total of just 136 yards (27.2 yards per game). It is the fewest amount of rushing yards given up by a Navy team since the `08 squad allowed a program-record 107.
Navy led the CSFL in defense last season, allowing an average of 184 total yards per game.
Sophomore David Williams has racked up a league-leading total of 861 rushing yards on 125 carries (6.9 avg.) despite playing only five games due to the win by forfeit over Princeton.
His eight rushing touchdowns are tied for tops in the league, while his total of 10 TDs this season are the most by a Mid since Theo Williams also had 10 in 2005. Amir Shareef was the last Midshipman to score more than 10 TDs in a season as he had 11 in 2004.
Williams' 861 yards are the most by a Midshipman since Matt Sobecki set Navy record for rushing yards in a season when he put up 984 with 13 touchdowns in seven games in 1997.
Starting Strong, Finishing Strong
A major key to Navy's success this season has been its ability to score both early and late in games. The Midshipmen have outscored opponents, 34-0, in the first quarters of games this season. More impressive, the Mids have been able to put teams away by outscoring opponents, 51-6, in final quarter.
Quoting the Coach
Coach Maury's take on this week's matchup with Army...
"Army is an excellent team. They possess good athletes, are well coached, and have shown improvement since our week-one matchup. However, over the past seven weeks, Navy Sprint has become a better team as well. Although the Princeton forfeiture was a disappointment and we did not want two weeks off smack in the middle of the season, we used that time to evaluate ourselves and correct our deficiencies. While we played a strong game against Cornell, we didn't execute at the level at which we are capable. It has been a solid week of practice and the guys are amped to play for the title, especially against Army. I am sure both teams wouldn't want it any other way. I'm excited for the seniors on both sidelines. This will be a game they will remember forever. Like all rivalry games, it is going to come down to who wants it more."
Rushing - David Williams (125 carries, 861 yards, 6.9 avg., 8 TDs)
Passing - Lewis Correale (33 of 77, 347 yards, 6 TDs, 3 INTs)
Receiving - Drew Presnell (14 catches, 154 yards, 11.0 avg., 2 TD)
Tackles - Matt Piotrowicz (35 tackles, 18 solos, 17 assists)
Rushing - Marquis Morris (67 carries, 330 yards, 4.9 avg., 1 TD)
Passing - Justin Sustatia (154 of 245, 1994 yards, 27 TDs, 3 INTs)
Receiving - Thomas Jeffers (50 catches, 626 yards, 12.5 avg., 9 TDs)
Tackles - Michael Meier (49 tackles, 24 solos, 25 assists)
More on the Army-Navy Sprint Football Matchup
The road team has won the last two non-neutral site matchups for the first time since an Army win at Navy in 2000 and a Navy win at Army to end the `01 season.
The team with the most rushing yards has won eight of the last 10 meetings
The 2011-12 Army-Navy Series
So far this season, Navy's all-sports record against Army is 6-1, including 5-1 in Star competitions. Navy has won the Star in men's soccer, women's soccer, golf, men's cross country and women's cross country.
With defensive back Brendan West and running back David Williams having both returned punts for touchdowns this season, it marks the first time since 2002 that Navy has returned two punts for TDs. West returned an unblocked punt 48 yards for touchdown in Navy's win over Penn, while Williams blocked a punt vs. Army and returned it six yards for a score in the season-opening game.
Last Time Out: Navy 42, Cornell 21
With the game tied at 14, Navy scored 28 second-half points and went on to defeat the Big Red, 42-21. Marty Meehan and David Williams each found the end zone twice as Navy outgained the Big Red in total offense, 338-157.
The Navy defense produced a total of 12 tackles for loss, led by Julian Jerzerick who had 3.0.
Foley Sets Punt Return Mark
With a career total of 613 punt-return yards, senior Jordan Foley is Navy's all-time leader in the category. Last season, Foley also set the single-season mark for kick return yards with 259 and currently has a career total of 422.
Trevor Garabedian-Prophet (2002-05) holds the Navy kick-return yardage record with 657.