What. A. Game.
It wasn’t a flashy high scoring shootout, but it rarely is when these two meet on a sprint football field.
Sprint football is normal football for those who don’t know; it just has a weight limit of 178 lbs.
Army and Navy are the two national powerhouses. Navy has 38 National Championships, and Army has 37. No one else has more than eight (Princeton).
This was the only sprint game this fall because of COVID-19. It did not disappoint.
Navy started by going moving down the field before Army’s defense held them to a punt.
After an Army three and out (that will be a recurring theme), Navy had had a great punt return to set them up in field goal range. The Mids offense did nothing, and they got a field goal to go up 3-0.
The Black Knights offense led by first-time starter JC Watson looked sluggish in the first half. They were held to just 32 yards of total offense and only gained one first down. That also included six three and outs.
Navy’s offense wasn’t much better. They just benefited from their great field position. They just 92 total yards of offense in the first half, ending the half with a fumble.
Army’s offense came out of the gate in the first half with much of the same. They went three and out and punted. Needing to give their offense good field position, the defense needed to force a turnover. They did just that when David Dickerson picked off a Braydan Chmiel pass.
It was an impressive pick that was tipped a few times before he came down with it at the Navy 35 yard line.
JC Watson threw a dime to WR Justin Charette to get down to the Navy one-yard line. Two plays later, Watson punched it in to go up 7-3.
The Black Knights defense got right back to work, keeping Navy in check for their next three drives. The Midshipmen also missed a field goal that would’ve cut the Army lead to just one.
Army had a chance to go up 10-3 but missed a field goal, and Navy took over at their own 25-yard line with 3:13 left.
Army quickly had Navy in a third and 13 hole, but after a 14-yard pass, the Mids were moving.
Navy then ran a halfback pass that got them 23 yards. They were now at the Army 40 yard line.
The Midshipmen had a critical fourth and three, and they got Army to jump offside to give them the first down and move the ball to the Army 28 yard line.
Navy QB Jake Foss completed a screen to RB Alex Totta, which ended up losing three.
After Foss scrambled for no gain, it was third and 13 at the Army 20.
Foss threw slightly behind his WR Majarucon, and it bounced out of his hands, setting up a 4th and 13.
Foss threw another incomplete pass, and the Black Knights defense held strong for the win, the star and the right to sing second.
The defense is by far the MVP of the game. If I had to give it to one person on each side of the ball, it would have to go to David Dickerson on defense, who made the clutch interception and had a few key tackles later on in the game. For the offense, it would have to be JC Watson. He started slow but stayed composed and ended up leading the team in passing and rushing. Finishing with 182 of the teams 186 total yards of offense.
Army has now won two games in a row over their archrivals from Annapolis.