Saturday, October 08, 2016

Final - Navy 46, Houston 40

6:50 - Navy upsets #6 Houston, 46-40 and the entire brigade rushes the field.

6:47 - Alex Barta's punt travels 49 yards into the end zone and Houston will get the ball at the 20 with 9 seconds left in the game.

6:46 - Navy takes a delay of game on fourth down and will punt the ball to Houston with 17 seconds left in the game.

6:43 - Jarid Ryan recovers Houston's onside kick attempt for Navy.  The Mids have the ball on their own 49 with 1:53 remaining.  Navy fumbles their first play from scrimmage but recover for a loss of  1 yard.

6:40 - Greg Ward Jr. completes a 17 yard TD pass to Chance Allen on a fourth down play.  The PAT is good and Houston cuts Navy's lead to 46-40 with 1:57 remaining in the fourth quarter.  Houston's scoring drive was 13-70-2:41.

6:39 - Houston called for holding on an apparent Houston rushing TD by Ward.

6:35 - Houston converts a fourth down play giving the Cougars a first and ten at the Navy 33 with 3:10 remaining in the game.

6:25 - On fourth down and 3 from the Houston 23, Benner Moehring kicked a 40 yard field goal giving Navy a 13 point lead over Houston, 46-33 with 4:38 remaining in the game.  Navy's scoring drive was 4-7-1:01.

6:22 - Houston attempts an onside kick from their own 20 and Navy recovers at the Houston 30 yard line.

6:21 - What a fun game to watch.  It's a little better if you're rooting for Navy, but a very exciting, entertaining college football game.

6:18 - Navy forces a three-and-out and Houston snaps the ball out of the end zone for a safety.  Navy leads 43-33 and will get the ball with 5:39 left in the game.

6:13 - Houston held Navy on a fourth down attempt after a first down run was reviewed and found to be 1/2 yard short.  Houston has the ball first down on their own 16 with 6:26 remaining in the game with Navy leading 41-33.

6:07 - Gulley converts a third down with an 11 yard carry to the Houston 25.

6:05 - Worth carries the ball 20 yards to the Houston 39.  Worth is a hard runner that regularly breaks tackles. Worth now has 25 carries for 102 yards and a TD.

6:03 - Today's announced attendance was 34,531.  There's no way that many people showed up today.  That's a shame with a game this good.

6:02 - It appears the rain has stopped, at least for the time being.

5:56 - Dillon Birden carries the ball 2 yards for a Houston TD.  The PAT was blocked by DJ Palmore. Navy leads Houston 41-33 with 13:18 remaining in the game.  The Cougar scoring drive was 8-73-3:07.

5:50 - That's the end of the third quarter.  Navy leads Houston, 41-27.  Houston has the ball 2nd and 8 on the Navy 13.

5:49 - Ward completes a 25 yard pass to Chance Allen to the Navy 15 yard line.

5:47 - Greg Ward Jr. runs the ball 33 yards to the Navy 40 yard line.

5:43 - Will Worth completes a 34-yard TD pass to Brandon Colon.  Moehring's PAT extends Navy's lead over #6 Houston, 41-27 with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter.  Will Worth is 3-5 for 76 yards and 2 TDs.  Navy's scoring drive was 7-80-3:47.

5:40 - Dishan Romine carries the ball for 23 yards to the Navy 47.

5:34 - Greg Ward Jr. carries the ball 8 yards for a Houston TD.  The PAT was good and Houston cuts Navy's lead to 34-27 with 5:12 left in the third quarter.  The Houston scoring drive was 14-81-4:50.

5:30 - A targeting call was called against Navy's Sean Williams.  After a lengthy review, the call was reversed and Williams will stay in the game.  Houston has the ball at the Navy 10 yard line with 6:06 remaining in the third quarter.  Navy leads #6 Houston, 34-20.

5:20 - Josiah Powell switched his number this week to 58 in support of teammate Daniel Gonzales who was injured in the Air Force game and will miss the rest of the season.  The switch seems to have worked for him.

5:16 - Josiah Powell intercepted a Ward pass and returns it 34 yards for a Navy TD.  Bennett Moehring's PAT gives the Mids aa 34-20 lead over Houston. Powell has 2 INTs in today's game.

5:10 - Will Worth completes a 17-yard TD pass to Darryl Bonner.  The PAT attempt was good and Navy leads Houston, 27-20 with 11:03 remaining in the third quarter.  The TD was Bonner's first career TD.

5:05 - Greg Ward was sacked by Patrick Forrestal and Tyler Sayles and fumbled the ball. Forrestal recovered the fumble and Navy takes over on the Houston 41 yard line.

5:01 - It was just announced that Navy FB Chris High will not return to today's game.  He suffered an announced hip injury.  Houston will receive the second half kickoff.

4:45 - First half stats of note - Houston has 241 (35 rushing, 206 passing) total yards and Navy has 193 (168 rushing, 25 passing).  Three Houston receivers have four catches in the game.  Worth has 64 yards rushing on 20 carries.  Gulley has 52 yards on 5 carries.  Worth and High have rushing TDs for Navy.  Dunbar and Birden have receiving TDs for Houston.  Matthew Adams leads Houston with 8 tackles.  DJ Palmore has 4 tackles for the Mids and Josiah Powell has an INT.

4:38 - Bennett Moehring kicks a 38 yard FG as time ran out in the half.  Navy and Houston are tied 20-20.  Navy's scoring drive was 10-42-2:50.

4:37 - Will Worth completes a 25 yard bass to Darryl Bonner to the Houston 27 yard line.  It was Bonner's first career catch.

4:34 - Navy is forced to punt after losing 9 yards following their INT.  Houston roughed the punter and Navy retains the ball and has a first down at the Navy 43 yard line with 1:30 remaining in the half.

4:30 - Micah Thomas tipped a Greg Ward pass and it was picked off by Josiah Powell.  Navy takes over on their own 37 with 2:50 remaining in the half.  Ward is 14-19-206 with 2 TDs and an INT in the game.

4:22 - Navy faced a fourth down and one at their own 37 yard line and attempted to convert.  Will Worth ran the ball for three yards to the 40 to convert the fourth down play.  Navy trails Houston, 20-17.

4:16 - Ward completes a 19 yard TD pass to Dillon Birden.  The PAT gives Houston a 20-17 lead with 8:41 remaining in the first half.  Houston's scoring drive was 6-80-1:52.  Houston has 200-149 total yardage advantage over Navy in the first half.

4:15 - Ward completes a 30 yard pass to Bonner to the Navy 37 yard line.

4:07 - Will Worth runs the ball for 2 yards for a Navy TD.  The PAT gives Navy a 17-13 lead over #6 Houston with 10:33 remaining in the first half.  Navy's scoring drive was 7-71-3:27.

4:02 - Will Worth runs the ball 20 yards to the Houston 5.  First and goal Navy.  Worth has 58 yards rushing on 11 carries so far in the game. The Mids have 144 rushing yards in the game. Navy takes a timeout with 11:11 remaining in the half.

3:59 - Will Worth carries the ball 13 yards to the Navy 48.  Toneo Gulley follows that up with a 19 yard run to the Houston 33.

3:54 - Cummings kicks a 36 yard field goal giving Houston a 13-10 lead over Navy with 14:00 remaining in the second quarter.  Houston's scoring drive was 9-25-3:11.

3:52 - It was just announced in the press box that Navy's Calvin Cass Jr is out for the rest of the game with a head injury.  Chris High has an injured hip and may return.

3:49 - Houston goes for a fourth down conversion and Ward Jr scrambles for 5 yards to the Navy 25 yard line to keep the drive alive.  The quarter ends with Navy and Houston tied 10-10.

3:44 - Bennett Moehring kicks a 24 yard field knotting up the score, 10-10.  Navy's scoring drive was 11-66-5:49.  Navy attempts another onside kick and it was again recovered by the Cougars.

3:38 - Darryl Bonner runs the ball 11 yards to the Houston 14 yard line.  Navy has a 1st and 10 with 4:11 remaining in the first quarter.

3:37 - Gulley with another big run for Navy.  This time a 10-yarder to the Houston 25.

3:35 - Toneo Gulley runs for 17 yards to the Houston 38 yard line.

3:33 - Chris High with a 13-yard carry to the Navy 40.  High has 2 carries for 25 yards and a TD in the game.

3:28 - Ty Cummings kicks a 40 yard field goal to give Houston the 10-7 lead with 8:00 remaining in the first quarter.  Navy attempted an onside kick following their quick TD and Houston recovered on the Navy 48 yard line.  Houston's scoring drive was 7-plays for 25-yards and lasted 2:55.

3:26 - The rain hasn't hampered the Houston passing attack at this point.  Greg Ward Jr. is 5-5 for 85 yards and a TD in the game.

3:24 - Navy graduate and PGA golfer, Billy Hurley was just recognized on the field during the TV timeout.

3:19 - Dishan Romine returns the Houston kickoff 85 yards to the Houston 12 yard line.  On the next play, Chris High takes the pitch from Worth off the right side and goes untouched into the end zone.  Navy's scoring drive was 1-play for 12-yards and took just 18 seconds off the clock.  Navy and Houston are tied, 7-7. Wow! What a great momentum shift for the Mids.

3:16 - Greg Ward Jr. throws a 32 yard TD pass to Steven Dunbar to cap off a 5-play, 70-yard drive that took just 1:39 off the clock.  Houston leads Navy 7-0 with 11:13 remaining in the first quarter.

3:12 - Navy is forced to punt on their first drive.  QB Will Worth carried the ball three times and gained zero yards on that series.

3:08 - Houston won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.  Navy will get the ball first.

3:06 - The Mids take the field.  Kendrick Mouton carried the Marine flag, Nnamdi Uzoma carried the US flag, and Josh Anton carried the Navy flag onto the field.

2:47 - The Brigade of Midshipmen are now performing their march-on in front of a very sparse crowd. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:05 on CBS Sports Network. A fly-over and a parachute jumper are scheduled to take place prior to kickoff, but the weather will probably force the cancellation of both.

2:37 - We're about 30 minutes away from kickoff here at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Both teams are on the field for pregame warmups and it's still raining. It doesn't look like it's going to let up any time soon.

Previewing the Navy vs. Houston matchup this afternoon in Annapolis, MD.

Navy comes into this afternoon's contest with a 3-1 record coming off last week's disappointing loss to service academy rival, Air Force.  Houston enters the game 5-0 and is ranked #6 in the country.

Houston is the highest ranked team to play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since #2 South Carolina visited Annapolis in 1984.  Navy upset the highly favored Gamecocks that day, 38-21.

The forecast calls for rain most of the afternoon.  The soggy weather could have more of an impact on the Houston offense as the Cougars have thrown for about 1000 more yards this season than the Midshipmen.  The weather also could impact the Navy triple option offense where ball control is critical.

It will be interesting too see what kind of crowd will be in attendance with today's rainy forecast in Annapolis.  Navy was selling standing room only tickets earlier in the week.  Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium seats 34,000.

Navy lost their starting linebacker and co-captain, Daniel Gonzales for the season to a foot injury in last week's Air Force game.  Navy earlier in the season lost starting quarterback Tago Smith to a season ending knee injury.

Linebacker Micah Thomas moved into Gonzales' position and senior Mike Kelly moved into the starting lineup.

Navy's senior wide receiver Jamir Tillman needs just 13 yards to pass Phil McConkey and move to #2 at Navy for all-time receiving yards.  He's 470 yards behind receiving leader Rob Taylor.  Tillman has been starting at wide receiver for the Mids since his sophomore season in 2014.

Houston's starting quarterback, Greg Ward Jr. has thrown for 1,325 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 178 yards and five touchdowns.  Ward Jr. is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Final - Navy 28, Connecticut 24

6:39 - UConn runs the ball and was stopped on the goal line.  The time expired before the Huskies could get another play run.  Navy wins 28-24 and now has 12 straight wins at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

6:36 - UConn calls a timeout with a 2nd-and-goal on the Navy 1 yard line with 0:17 left in the game.  UConn needs a TD to take the lead.

6:34 - Connecticut calls a timeout after driving to the Navy 23 yard line with the arm and legs of Bryant Shirreffs. There are 45 seconds remaining in the game.

6:26 - Will Worth officially scores from 1-yard out, his second rushing TD of the game.  Bennett Moehring's PAT is good and Navy leads UConn, 28-24 with 3:08 left in the game. Navy's scoring drive was 4 plays-17 yards-1:49.

6:24 - Will Worth appears to score from 2 yards out, but Navy had called a timeout prior to the snap.

6:18 - Navy forces Connecticut to punt from their own 9 yard line.  Navy will get the ball back with 4:57 left in the game down 3.  Calvin Cass returns the punt 26 yards to the Huskie's 17 yard line.

6:14 - Navy is forced to punt and Erik Harris's kick travels 63-yards to the UConn 5 yard line.  The pressure is now on the defense to stop Bryant Shirreffs and the Connecticut offense.  Let's see what defensive coordinator, Dale Pehrson has up his sleeve.

6:08 - Bobby Puyol kicks a 38-yard field and Connecticut leads Navy, 24-21 with 9:08 remaining in the game.  The Huskies have scored 24 unanswered points in the game.  UConn's scoring drive was 9 plays-70 yards-4:29.

6:04 - The Huskies fumble again, their 5th of the game. They have recovered three of them.  UConn has the ball 3rd-and-7 on the Navy 27 yard line.

6:00 - On Connecticut's first play following Navy's punt, Shirreffs hits Hergy Mayala with a 41-yard pass completion to midfield.  The Huskies are out of the shadow of their own goal posts.

5:57 - Navy is forced to punt and Erik Harris pins the Huskies inside their own 10 yard line.  Connecticut has the ball and 91 yards between them and a go ahead TD.

5:52 - At the end of the third quarter, Navy and Connecticut are tied, 21-21. An interesting stat was just announced.  On Navy's first two drives they had 176 yards of offense.  Since then they have 175 yards of offense.

5:40 - Chris High fumbles the ball and UConn's Jamar Summers recovers and returns the ball 86 yards for a TD.  Navy and UConn are now tied, 21-21 with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter.

5:37 - Dishan Romine gets into the mix with a 19-yard carry to the UConn 21 yard line.  The Mids are moving the ball well on the ground after struggling their last few drives.

5:35 - Toneo Gulley takes a Will Worth pitch 15 yards on the left side to the Navy 39 yard line.  Calvin Cass takes the next carry 10 yards and Navy has the ball near midfield.

5:29 - UConn's Ron Johnson carries the ball 3 yards to the end zone to cut Navy's lead to 7.  The play of the series was a 25-yard pass from Tyler Davis to Alec Bloom on a fourth down fake punt at the Navy 28. Navy still leads 21-14 with 8:07 remaining in the third quarter.

5:22 - Navy pants on their first drive of the second half, their first punt of the game.  UConn takes over on their own 40 yard line.

5:20 - Navy has the ball to start the second half, 1st-and-10 at their own 25 yard line.

5:15 - The Midshipmen are returning to the field following the half.  Some first half stats - 
UConn has four fumbles in the first half, losing two of them
Will Worth has four more passing yards than Bryant Shirreffs - 109-105
Tyra's Wooten has 8 tackles to lead the Mids
UConn had 6 drives in the 1st half - 3 ended on punts, 2 on fumbles, and a TD

4:58 - The half ends with the Midshipmen holding a 14 point lead over visiting UConn in front of an announced crowd of 31,501.

4:54 - Bryant Shirreffs completes a 34-yard TD pass to Noel Thomas and UConn is on the board. Navy still leads the Huskies 21-7 with 1:10 remaining in the half.

4:47 - Moehring's 32-yard FG attempt was blocked and Navy came away with no points following the UConn fumble on the kickoff. 

4:44 - Navy's kickoff team forced a fumble and recovered on the UConn 20 yard line.  Khaylin Williams forced the fumble and Green recovered his second loose ball on the afternoon.

4:38 - Bryant Shirreffs fumbled on UConn's 2 yard line and Alohi Gillman returned it for a Navy TD. Gillman also forced the fumble.  This was the third consecutive play in the game that has been reviewed.  Moehring's PAT was good and with 5:36 left in the half, Navy leads 21-0.

4:34 - Will Worth was stopped on a 4th and 1 from the UConn 1 yard line.  The Huskies take over first and 10 at their own 1 with 5:48 remaining in the half.  Last year, UConn was the only team to stop the Mids in the Red Zone.  The Mids were 55-58 last year in the Red Zone.  They took a knee, missed a FG and were stopped by the Huskies on their third unsuccessful Red Zone attempt.

4:24 - UConn punts on all three drives so far.  This time Craig Scott returned the punt 20 yards to the Huskie's 44 yard line.

4:19 - Navy has 185 yards of total offense so far in the game.  The surprising part is that they have 3 more yards passing than rushing, 94 yards passing and 91 yards rushing.

4:14 - Worth runs it in from one yard out.  Moehring's PAT gives Navy a 14-0 lead with 10:35 remaining in the second quarter.  Navy's scoring drive was 9 plays-80 yards-4:51.

4:11 - High gains 26 yards on the ground following a Navy chop block penalty.  Navy has a first down at the Huskie's 16 yard line.

4:09 - Worth completes another long pass, this time a 40-yarder to Calvin Cass to the UConn 34 yard line.

4:04 - At the end of the first quarter, Navy leads UConn 7-0.

4:00 - Navy is forced to punt for the second time in as many series.  Wain's punt goes into the end zone and Navy takes over on their own 20 with 0:26 remaining in the first quarter.

3:58 - Navy forced an incomplete pass on a third down, but were flagged for roughing the passer when Amos Mason hit Bryant Shirreffs late.  1-10 UConn on the Navy 46 yard line.

3:52 - Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" is being played through the stadium's PA system. The brigade of Midshipmen are singing along.  Touching!

3:50 - Fullback Chris High gets Navy on the board first with a 4-yard carry.  Moehrings PAT gives the Mids a 7-0 lead with 4:52 remaining in the first quarter.  Navy's scoring drive was 10 plays-96 yards-4:57.

3:46 - On a 3rd and 5 play, Will Worth completes a 47-yard pass to Jamir Tillman to the UConn 33 yard line.

3:39 - Navy forces the Huskies to punt on their first possession.  Justin Wain pins the Mids deep in their own territory as the punt was downed at the Navy 4 yard line.

3:31 - UConn has won the toss and elected to receive.  Navy's kickoff from Bennett Moehring is taken at the UConn 1 yard line and returned to the 16.

Previewing the Navy, UConn game - 

This afternoon, UConn (1-0) will take on Navy (1-0) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

It's a hot one here in Annapolis.  The real feel during pregame warmups is 94 degrees with 74% humidity.

Both teams come into today's game, 1-0.  UConn defeated Maine last week when kicker Bobby Puyol kicked a 37-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining in the game giving the Huskies the 24-21 win.  Navy defeated Fordham, 52-16 in the Midshipmen's home opener.

Navy has won 11 straight home games.  The Mids last lost at home to Western Kentucky on September 27, 2014.

Will Worth will be the starting QB for Navy this week after Tago Smith tore his ACL on a run in the second quarter last week against Fordham. Sophomore Zach Abey will be his backup.

Navy's co-captains, SB Toneo Gulley and LB Daniel Gonzalez are both wearing #2 for the rest of the season in honor of injured QB Tago Smith.

UConn held Maine to 40 yards rushing on 19 carries last week.  Last week the Midshipmen had 427 yards rushing.  FB Chris High had 176 yards rushing himself.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Navy's Win Over Fordham Bittersweet

Navy faced Patriot League foe, Fordham in the season-opener for both teams in Annapolis Saturday afternoon.  The Midshipmen came away with a 52-16 blowout win over the rams in Navy's eleventh consecutive home win dating back to last season.

The Mids were led offensively by Junior fullback Chris High who gained 176 yards on just 10 carries and found the end zone twice.  Navy's daunted triple option attack opened the way for 427 yards rushing on the afternoon.

Senior signal caller, Tago Smith guided the Mids to a 21-10 lead over their FCS opponent after just one quarter of play.  Smith has been biding his time in the shadow of Keenan Reynolds who set the NCAA record for all-time touchdowns scored with 88.  Smith was injured on a 22-yard carry at the beginning of the second quarter.  MRI results on Sunday confirmed that Smith had torn his ACL in his right knee and he is scheduled for surgery this week.

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo became choked up about Smith's injury when asked about it in the post-game press conference.

“Just a great kid.  The kind of kid who really symbolizes who we are.  He hasn’t said crap for three years. He came to work every day.  He didn't complain, didn't get bitter.  I was the guy keeping him off the field.  There were other coaches that wanted to take him for other positions and play him.   I held him back. For three years he didn't say a word, just worked his butt off.

"What he did in the first half didn’t surprise me. We knew the guy was a really good football player who was just playing behind Keenan (Reynolds).  I just feel for the kid.”

Will Worth came in to replace the injured Smith and had nine carries for 22 yards and a rushing touchdown.  He also completed all three of his passes for 78 yards, including a 57-yard TD strike to Toneo Gulley.

Freshman QB Malcolm Perry was called from the stands after marching to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with the rest of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  He changed at halftime and made his collegiate debut at the end of the third quarter with Navy leading, 49-13.

The Mids host Connecticut (1-0) next Saturday at 3:30.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Navy Football Getting No Respect

Navy's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Information, Scott Strasemeier, shared this interesting fact about this year's Navy football team. 

Despite coming off a school record 11 win season against just two losses, winning the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, the Lambert Trophy (best team in the East), sharing the American Athletic Conference West Division Championship with Houston and winning the Military Bowl, Navy is one of just four schools in the country that did not have one player make any of the numerous preseason award watch lists for 2016.  

The other three schools were UTSA (3-9 last year), North Texas (1-11) and UCF (0-12).

Navy opens the 2016 season at home on September 3 against Fordham.

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Article submitted by Jeff Batzel


Pennsylvania used a stifling defense, a pass on their first offensive play that completely caught Maryland off-guard, and a punishing running attack enroute to a 26-14 victory in the 59th Big 33 Classic at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday night.


Damar Hamlin (Pittsburgh Central Catholic-Pitt) interception of a batted Maryland pass in the first three minutes of the game set the stage for a Devante Cross (Parkland-Virginia) to Miles Sanders (Woodland Hills-Penn State) pass to get things started.   Sanders, a runningback, ran a backside wheel route and Cross came back to the weak side to find him completely unguarded for a TD on Pennsylvania’s first play from scrimmage.


Two more TD’s in just over a 3-minutes time span in the 2nd quarter added to the damage.  Again it was Sanders and his HS teammate Jo-El Shaw (Woodland Hills-Syracuse) doing the damage as runners behind the superb work of the Keystone State’s Offensive Line.   Sanders, the game's MVP, would score again in the third quarter on a 19 yard run to seal the deal.  Sanders had 7 rushes for 73 yards while Shaw had 80 yards on 14 totes of the pigskin.


Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s defense was stifling and limited Maryland to just 143 total yards on the evening.  JoeJay Smith (Beth Catholic-Garden City CC) added a 2nd interception for Pennsylvania.


Maryland did get on the board twice late in the game, both on big plays when the game was no longer in doubt.   

Aaron Matthews (Clairton/Pitt) who led Pennsylania with 89 yards receiving makes a catch over the middle and is brought down by Maryland's Martin Foray, a St. Francis University of PA recruit.


Pennsylvania 26, Maryland 14

Pennsylvania - 6 - 13 - 7 - 0 -- 26
Maryland - 0 - 0 - 0 - 14 -- 14

Scoring Summary
First quarter
PA-Miles Sanders 21 pass from Devante Cross (kick failed), 8:52
Second quarter
PA-Sanders 5 run (pass failed), 8:37
PA-Jo-El Shaw 3 run (Mike Cushma kick), 5:24
Third quarter
PA-Sanders 19 run (Cushma kick), 8:59
Fourth quarter
MD-Dae’lun Darien 35 pass from Shawn Bliss (Mike Shinsky kick), 5:53
MD-Martin Foray Jr. 62 interception return (Shinsky kick), 1:43