Saturday, September 10, 2016
Monday, September 05, 2016
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'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.
A 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
PA-Miles Sanders 21 pass from Devante Cross (kick failed), 8:52
PA-Sanders 5 run (pass failed), 8:37
PA-Jo-El Shaw 3 run (Mike Cushma kick), 5:24
PA-Sanders 19 run (Cushma kick), 8:59
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
Sunday, May 01, 2016
"I am very excited about the opportunity that the Chargers are giving me and I fully intend to take advantage of it,” said Swain. “San Diego is a great organization located in a Navy team in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I can’t think of a better place to be.”
"What a great day for the Navy Football program and the Brotherhood to have Keenan drafted and for Chris to sign as a free agent,” said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo.