We Are Back… What Did We Miss?

Due to a bunch of technical difficulties IOA and all of the school sites in the Forgotten 5 network were down for the past month. We hope you missed us as much as we missed you.
With that being said, we want to update you on everything that’s happened in Army athletics since the site crashed right before Army/Navy.

Football

The Army football team capped off their amazing 2018 campaign with a historic third straight win over Navy. The Black Knights defense held the Mids to 127 rushing yards and forced four turnovers. They also held them scoreless until the fourth quarter. The 17-10 victory marked the first time ever that the Black Knights have won the Commander-in-Chief Trophy in back-to-back years. It also was the first time that Army has beaten Navy three years in a row since they won five in a row from 1992 to 1996.
But that’s not all the football team did, they had a bowl game. I was lucky enough to be in attendance for the record-setting performance. The Black Knights came out firing and ended up trouncing Houston 70-14. The tied or set a lot of records in that game; here is the complete list:

  • 11 wins: Academy record
  • 9 rushing touchdowns: FBS bowl record
  • 161 rushing yards in a quarter: Armed Forces Bowl record/Academy bowl record
  • 254 rushing yards in a half: Armed Forces Bowl record/Academy bowl record
  • 10 sacks: Armed Forces Bowl record/Academy record
  • Kelvin Hopkins 5 TDs: Armed Forces Bowl record
  • James Nachtigal 3.5 sacks: Armed Forces Bowl record
  • Kelvin Hopkins 30 points: Armed Forces Bowl record
  • +56 win margin: ties FBS bowl record
  • 70 points: ties FBS bowl record

Now, with such a great season, some coaching departures were expected; Army lost two coaches to UNC. DC Jay Bateman and head strength and conditioning coach Brian Hess both are joining new head coach Mack Brown in Chapel Hill.

Hockey

The hockey team has only had two games in the time that we’ve been gone and unfortunately they dropped both games. The first was a 5-2 loss to Dartmouth and the other was a 5-3 loss to Brown. The two losses dropped Army to 8-10-1 on the season.

Men’s Basketball

The basketball team beat Air Force in Colorado Springs the same day as Army/Navy, after that it was all down hill. They went 0-3 after the Air Force win and it wasn’t pretty either.
On the January 2nd, the Black Knights had a 37-13 lead at half time against Bucknell and they ended up losing by one. It was a tough loss for an already tough season. They sit at 5-9 with Patriot League play starting to ramp up.

Women’s Basketball

The women’s team had a slightly better four games, they went 2-2 with wins over Wagner and Connecticut College but they fell against Yale and Boston. They are now 5-7 with Patriot League play just getting started.
Well folks, it’s been a rough break, but hopefully we are here for the long haul. It feels good to be back.
 
 

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