Friday, November 17, 2017

The Battle for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy - 2017

The CIC Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the football competition between Army, Navy, and Air Force since 1972.  When no clear cut winner prevails in a particular season, last year's winner retains the trophy for another year.  This scenario has played out four times - 1974, 1976, 1980, and 1993.

  Navy has won the prestigious award 18 times including 10 of the past 14 years.  Air Force has taken the trophy home to Colorado Springs 21 times including winning the award 13 of 14 seasons between 1989 and 2002.  Army has earned the award six times with the last time in 1996.

With Army and Navy both defeating Air Force this season, the Army-Navy game on December 9 will decide the CIC winner.  The last time the Army-Navy game decided the CIC winner was 2012 when the Mids knocked off the Black Knights, 17-13.

This season's CIC head-to-head matchups take place in October, November, and December.

  • October 7 - Navy 48, Air Force 45

  • November 4 - Army 21, Air Force 0

  • December 9 - Army vs. Navy in Philadelphia

Navy (6-3)

9/1 - at Florida Atlantic - W, 42-19
9/9 - Tulane - W, 23-21
9/23 - Cincinnati - W, 42-32
9/30 - at Tulsa - W, 31-21
10/7 - Air Force, W, 48-45
10/14 - at Memphis - L, 30-27
10/21 - UCF - L, 31-21
11/2 - at Temple - L, 34-26
11/11 - SMU - W, 43-40 (Navy becomes bowl eligible)
11/24 - at Notre Dame
12/2 - at Houston
12/9 - Army

Army (7-2)

9/1 - Fordham - W, 64-6
9/9 - Buffalo - W, 21-17
9/16 - at Ohio State - L, 38-7
9/23 - at Tulane - L, 21-17
9/30 - UTEP - W, 35-21
10/7 - at Rice - W, 49-12
10/14 - Eastern Michigan - W, 28-27
10/21 - Temple - W, 31-28 OT (Army becomes bowl eligible)
11/4 - at Air Force - W, 21-0
11/11 - Duke - W, 21-16
11/18 - at North Texas
12/9 - Navy

Air Force (4-6)

9/2 - VMI - W, 62-0
9/16 - at Michigan - L, 29-13
9/23 - San Diego State - L, 28-24
9/30 - at New Mexico - L, 56-38
10/7 - at Navy - L, 48-45
10/14 - UNLV - W, 34-30
10/20 - at Nevada - W, 45-42
10/28 - at Colorado State - W, 45-28
11/4 - Army - L, 21-0
11/11 - Wyoming - L, 28-14
11/18 - at Boise State
11/25 - Utah State

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Navy 43 - SMU 40 - Final

4th quarter - 

7:09 - JR Osborn kicks an 18 yard FG as time expires to give Navy a 43-40 win over SMU. Navy’s scoring drive was 10-78-3:32.  The Midshipmen are now bowl eligible.

7:07 - Owen White will attempt the game winning field goal with 11 seconds.

7:01 - Gargiulo carries the ball again, this time 29 yards to the SMU 9.  Navy has a chance with 1:35 left in the game.  Gargiulo has 145 yards rushing in the game, his first career 100-yard game.

7:00 - Gargiulo carries the ball 21 yards to the SMU 38.

6:58 - SMU takes a timeout following a five yard loss on Navy’s last play.  The Mids have 2-15 on their own 27 with 2:36 left.

6:56 - Malcolm Perry is injured on the play and Garret Lewis is warming up on the sideline.  It doesn’t appear Perry will be back in the game.

6:54 - Navy returns the ball to their own 21 where they start 1st and 10.

6:48 - Hicks completes a 26 yard pass to Quinn down to the Navy 40 yard line.  Hicks then completes a 29 yard TD pass to Courtland.  The 2-point conversion was good, from Hicks to Quinn.  The score is now knotted at 40 with 3:32 left in the game.  The SMU scoring drive was 5-75-1:08.

6:44 - Navy is stopped again on 4th down and SMU takes over at their own 29 with 4:40 left in the game.  The Mids lead the Mustangs, 40-32.

6:39 - Navy has driven the ball into SMU territory on the ground.  The Mids have the ball at the SMU 33.

6:30 - SMU is forced to punt the back to Navy.  The Mids start at their own 27 following the 30-yard punt.

6:27 - Navy was held on a 4th down play at the SMU 45.  Navy was 3 for 3 prior to this attempt.  SMU takes over at their own 45 yard line trailing by 8 with 12:25 remaining in the game.

6:24 - Josh Brown carries the ball 15 yards for a Navy first down.

3rd quarter - 

6:19 - At the end of the 3rd quarter Navy leads SME, 40-32.

6:17 - The kickoff goes into the end zone and Navy starts at their own 25.

6:14 - Hicks completes a 17 yard TD pass to Proche.  There was a roughing the QB call that will be enforced on the kickoff.  SMU cuts into Navy’s lead, 40-32 with 1:21 left in the third quarter.

6:10 - Sean Williams is injured on a play that he is called for targeting.  He is helped off the field and ejected from the game.  He will be ineligible during the first half against Notre Dame.  SMU has the ball on the Navy 18.

6:04 - Perry scores from 1 yard out.  The 2 point attempt was no good.  The TD was Perry’s 4th of the game.  With 3:14 left in the 3rd quarter, Navy leads SMU 4-25.  Navy’s scoring drive was 7-60-4:05.

6:01 - Navy converts a 4th and 8 with a 24 yard run by Malcolm Perry to the SMU 5 yard line.  1st and goal Mids.

5:57 - Perry runs the ball 14 yards to the SMU 31.  Perry now has 211 rushing yards in the game.

5:56 - There were two penalties on the kickoff.  Navy will start at the SMU 45.

5:51 - Jones scores from 3 yards out.  With 7:19 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Navy leads SMU 34-25.  SMU’s scoring drive was 6-70-2:15.

5:49 - Hicks completes a 49 yard pass to Sutton down to the Navy 13.

5:45 - Navy is forced to punt following a 3 and out.  The 37 yard punt was downed on the SMU 30.

5:43 - Navy takes the kickoff to their own 28.

5:39 - Hicks completes a 14 yard TD pass to Courtland Sutton.  SMU cuts into Navy’s lead 34-18 with 11:37 remaining in the third quarter.  SMU’s scoring drive was 9-77-3:23.

5:37 - Hicks completes a 19 yard pass to Quinn to the Navy 33.

5:33 - SMU has driven the ball to their own 48 yard line. 

Halftime - 

Navy has performed in the first half like Navy fans expect.  Coach Niumatalolo and his staff seem to have the ship moving in the right direction following three straight losses.  The Mids have a nearly 6 minute time of possession advantage in the first half.

The Mids have 357 yards rushing in the first half.  They are averaging 346 yards per game - 2nd best in the nation.

The defense has given up only 77 total yards and forced 2 turnovers in the first half.  SMU had only 7 turnovers coming into the game.

Some first half stats worth noting - 

QB Malcolm Perry has 197 yards rushing on 15 carries along with 3 TDs.  This includes a 92 yard TD run that is the second longest in school history and a Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium record.  Ironically, Perry had a 91 yard TD run earlier in the season.

Fullbacks Anthony Gargiulo and Chris High have a combined 10 carries for 96 yards.

Micah Thomas has 3 tackles, .5 sacks, and an INT in the first half.

Owen White has 1 punt for 49 yards.
2nd Quarter - 

5:07 - The half ends with Navy leading SMU, 34-11.

5:00 - Brandon Colon takes a reverse and runs 26 yards to the SMU 2,  Chris High takes the next play into the end zone to give Navy a 34-11 lead with 0:19 left in the half.  The Mids scoring drive was 8-52-3:16.

4:53 - SMU is forced to punt from their own 21.  The ball is downed at the Navy 48 yard line with 3:35 left in the first half.

4:49 - Malcolm Perry carries the ball 92 yards for a Navy TD.  With 5:02 remaining in the half, Navy leads SMU 27-11.  Navy’s scoring drive was 1-92-0:13.  Perry’s 92 yard TD run is a stadium record and the second longest in school history.  Perry had a 91 yard TD run earlier in the season.

4:46 - Juan Haley made a huge hit on an open SMU receiver allowing the pass to be intercepted by Winn Howard.  Navy ball on their own 8.  SMU has 2 turnovers in the game and have only 7 turnovers coming into the game.

4:45 - Perry fumbles the snap and SMU recovers at the Navy 35.

4:42 - Hicks completes an 19 yard TD pass to Quinn.  The PAT was no good.  With 6:39 remaining in the half, Navy leads SMU 20-11.  SMU’s scoring drive was 6-76-2:45.

4:40 - Ben Hicks completes a 27 yard pass to James Proche.  On the next play Jones carries the ball 32 yards to the Navy 18. 

4:34 - Malcolm Perry with a 24 yard TD run to give Navy a 20-5 lead with 9:24 remaining in the half.  Navy’s scoring drive was 3-61-1:06.

4:32 - SMU has two personal fouls on the same play.  That hurts.  Navy has the ball 1st and 10 at the SMU 27 after the 30 yard walkoff by the officials.

4:28 - On a 3rd and 10, Josh Webb sacks Hicks and forces an SMU punt.  The 42 yard punt is downed at the Navy 39.

4:22 - Navy punts to the SMU 27 with 12:13 remaining in the half.

4:16 - On SMU’s next play Micah Thomas picks off an SMU trick play.  Navy has the ball on their own 16, 1st and 10.  Right now these two offenses are playing pitch and catch with the defenses.

4:10 - SMU has a 44 yard field goal blocked by DJ Palmore.  On Navy’s first play following the block, Malcolm Perry has his pass intercepted.  SMU takes over 1st and 10 at the Navy 34.

1st Quarter - 

4:06 - At the end of the 1st quarter, Navy leads SMU 13-5.

4:04 - on a 4th down play, Xavier Jones carries the ball 21 yards to the Navy 32 yard line.

4:02 - SMU returns the kickoff to their own 38 where they start 1st and 10.

3:57 - Perry calls his own number and scores from 3 yards out.  Navy’s PAT was blocked and SMU returns the ball gets 2 points.  With 2:35 left in the quarter, Navy leads SMU 13-5.  Navy’s scoring drive was 8-92-4:45.

3:56 - Perry carries the ball 19 yards to the SMU 3 yard line.

3:55 - Malcolm Perry carries the ball 20 yards to the SMU 23.

3:53 - Anthony Gargiulo carries the ball 44 yards in a third down play to the SMU 45.

3:51 - Navy had a personal foul on an illegal block on the return.  Navy starts at their own 8 yard line.

3:47 - Josh Williams converts a 44 yard FG.  With 7:20 remainingin the 1st quarter, Navy leads SMU, 7-3.  The SMU scoring drive was 9-42-2:21.

3:45 - SMU QB Ben Hicks completes a 12 yard pass to Troy Quin.  On the next play, Xavier Jones carries the ball 15 yards.  Hicks then completes a 10 yard pass to Cortland Sutton.  SMU has the ball at the Navy 27.

3:43 - SMU starts their opening drive at their own 31 yard line.

3:38 - On a 4th and 1, Josh Brown carries the ball 22 yards to the SMU 2.  On the next play, FB Anthony Gargiulo runs it in for a Navy TD.  With 9:41 remaining in the first quarter, Navy leads SMU, 7-0.  Navy’s scoring drive was 10-73-5:19.

3:36 - Navy is running the ball down the field and facing a 2nd and 8 on the SMU 32 yard line.  The fullbacks are getting a lot of work on this drive.

3:32 - Navy starts the game at their own 32 following Reggie Hayes’ 26 yard kickoff return.  Malcolm Perry will get the start at quarterback today for Navy.

Pregame - 

3:30 - Both teams are on the field and we are preparing for the kickoff.  Navy won the coin toss and elected to receive.

3:22 - The Navy seniors are making their way onto the field with their families.

3:20 - Two MV-22 Ospreys just completed the flyover following the National Anthem.

3:09 - The Brigade of Midshipmen have begun marching onto the field in one of the best traditions in college foootball.

3:02 - It’s a cold day here in Annapolis.  The temperature is 39 degrees.  It’s currently 67 degrees in Dallas.  We’ll have to wait and see if the cold temperatures have any impact in today’s game.

2:40 - Today’s game could be key in Navy receiving a bowl bid.  If the Mids should lose today, they travel to Notre Dame and then Houston.  Their next best chance for a win would be in the Army-Navy game and that won’t be an easy victory their either.

1:45 - Both teams have arrived at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and are slowly making their way to the field for warm-ups.

Preview - 

Today is Senior Day at Navy.  The Midshipmen will honor 34 seniors in a pregame ceremony before they play their final home game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against visiting Southern Methodist University.

Navy comes into the game with a 5-3 record looking to become bowl eligible.  The Mids won their first five games of the season before dropping their last three.  The Mustangs come into the game with a 6-3 record, winning four of their last six games.

The Midshipmen boast the nation’s second best running attack, averaging 346.1 yards per game.  Navy is led by QB Zach Abey who leads the team in rushing (233-1202-13 TDs) and passing (25-60-717 6 TDs).  Sophomore Malcolm Perry is the second leading rusher and receiver for the Mids.  Perry has 3 rushing and 2 receiving TDs this season.  The team’s leading receiver is Tyler Carmona with 12 catches and 4 TDs.  Sean Williams and Micah Thomas lead the defense with 57 and 52 tackles respectively.

SMU brings the countries 13th best passing game to Annapolis.  The Mustangs average 315.8 yards per game through the air and 505 yards per game of total offense, good for 10th in the country.  Navy’s defense will be tested all day to contain the SMU offense.  The Mustangs are led by QB, Ben Hicks.  Hicks has thrown for 2588 yards and 20 TDs this season.  Xavier Jones leads the running attack with 700 yards and 6 TDs on the ground.  Hicks’ top target is Trey Quinn who has 90 receptions and 7 TDs.  SMU takes care of the football with only 7 turnovers this season.  Navy has turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 15 times.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

UCF 31 - Navy 21 - Final


6:40 - The clock runs out and Navy falls to #20 UCF, 31-21.  Navy travels to Temple on November 2 to take on the Owls on a Thursday night.

6:39 - Lewis’s 4th down attempt is picked off by Brandon Moore.  Several penalty flags will bring the ball bacl to the UCF 39.  The Knights have the ball with 0:52 remaining in the game.

6:38 - Lewis throws two incomplete passes and Navy faces a 4th down.

6:37 - Lewis completes a 17 yard pass to Carmona to the 29.

6:36 - UCF punts the ball on 4th down and the ball is fair caught at the Navy 13.  The Mids have the ball with 1:29 left in the game down 10.

6:33 - With 2:21 remaining in the game, Navy uses their last timeout.  UCF has the ball at the Navy 40.

6:28 - Navy fails on a 4th down attempt and UCF takes over on downs at the Navy 44.  The Mids train UCF 31-21 with 2:34 remaining in the game.  Navy has 2 time outs remaining.

6:26 - Malcolm Perry returns the kick off to the Navy 35 yard line.

6:21 - Anderson carries the ball 10 yards for a UCF TD.  The PAT was good and UCF now leads Navy, 31-21 with 3:30 remaining.  UCF’s scoring drive was 7-54-3:37.

6:20 - UCF picks up a 1st down at the Navy 11 with 4:28 remaining.

6:18 - Otis Anderson carries the ball 26 yards to the Navy 24.

6:14 - Bonner took a pitch from Lewis and was crushed, forcing a Navy fumble.  UCF has the ball on their own 46 with 7:07 remaining in the game.

6:13 - Navy takes a timeout facing a 3rd and 5 at the UCF 38.  This will be four down territory for the Mids.

6:10 - Gargiulo carries the ball for 12 yards for a big Navy first down in UCF territory.  8:49 remains in the game.

6:08 - Navy’s Micah Thomas picks off a UCF pass and returns it to the UCF 40.  A penalty moves the ball back to the Navy 45 yard line.  1st down Navy with 10:08 remaining in the game.

6:05 - Milton completes a 14 yard pass to Killins, Jr. to the 44 yard line.

6:04 - UCF 1st and 10 at their own 25.

6:00 - Anthony Gargiulo carries the ball 7 yards for a Navy TD.  Moehring’s PAT was good and Navy cuts into UCF’s lead, 24-21 with 12:50 remaining in the game.  Navy’s scoring drive was 10-75-4:51.

5:58 - Lewis completes a 30 yard pass to Bonner to the UCF 20.

5:53 - That’s the end of the third quarter.  UCF leads Navy, 24-14.  Navy has the ball 1st and 10 at midfield.

5:50 - Navy takes over 1st and 10 at their won 25 yard line down 10.

5:49 - Abey is back on the field in a ball cap and wearing a head set.  It looks like the junior QB is done for the game.

5:46 - Matthew Wright kicks a 35 yard field goal to cap off a 12-45-4:14 drive for UCF.  The Knights lead Navy, 24-14 with 2:41 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

5:42 - Milton completed a 24 yard pass to Snelson to the Navy 22 for a UCF first down.

5:35 - Navy is stopped on a fourth down attempt.  UCF takes over on their own 37.  Lewis had 3 carries for 8 yards on his first drive of the game.

5:31 - Zach Abey being taken to the locker room.  He’s walking under his own power.

5:26 - Navy starts their drive on their own 25 yard line down by a TD with 11:30 remaining in the 3rd quarter.  Abey takes a hard hit on the first drive and is down on the field.  Garret Lewis in at QB for Navy.

5:22 - Killins, Jr. answers Navy with a 79 yard TD run and UCF regains the lead, 21-14.  UCF’s scoring drive was 1-79-0:15.

5:19 - Abey has 19 pass completions this year, and 6 of them are touchdowns.

5:17 - Abey completes a 75 yard TD pass to Perry and Navy ties the game with a Moehring PAT.  Navy and UCF are tied, 14-14 with 12:23 remaining in the third quarter.  Navy’s scoring drive was 5-85-2:37.

5:14 - Malcolm Perry runs the kickoff out of the end zone to the Navy 15 where the Mids have a 1st and 10.

5:10 - Both teams are back on the field preparing for the second half.  Navy will receive the second half kickoff.

4:53 - UCF completes a pass to the Navy 28 and Matthew White missed a 45 yard FG attempt as time expired.  UCF leads Navy at halftime, 14-7.

4:52 - UCF calls a timeout with 0:06 remaining in the half and a 3rd and 10 at the Navy 48.

4:50 - Abey has a pass tipped and intercepted by Kyle Gibson.  Milton completes a pass to Anderson to the Navy 48.

4:49 - Malcolm Perry carries the ball 30 yards for an apparent Navy TD, but the play was called back on a holding call against the Mids.

4:47 - Abey now has 21 carries in the game while the rest of the team has 8 combined.  He has six on this drive alone.

4:44 - Zach Abey with back-to-back first down runs for the Mids.  Abey has 104 yards rushing in today’s game.  That’s 8 consecutive 100 yard games for the Navy QB.

4:39 - Adrian Killins, Jr. carries the ball 15 yards for a UCF TD.  UCF regains the lead, 14-7 with 2:46 remaining in the half.  UCF’s scoring drive was 5-35-2:00.

4:36 - UCF’s Mike Hughes returns the Navy kickoff 58 yards to the Navy 35.

4:34 - Today’s announced attendance is 35,277.

4:32 - Zach Abey runs the ball 6 yards for a Navy TD.  Bennett Moehring kicked the PAT to tie the game 7-7 with 4:46 remaining in the half.  Navy’s scoring drive was 12-92-6:25.  This TD was Abey’s 13th rushing TD this season.

4:29 - Zach Abey completes a big 40 yard pass to Tyler Carmona to the UCF 25.  This is their first drive that went into UCF territory.  Abey then ran the ball 12 yards to the UCF 13.

4:26 - Daryl Bonner carries the ball for 7 yards for Navy’s second first down of the game.

4:21 - UCF is forced to punt facing a 4th and 13 at the Navy 42.  Navy called for a fair catch at their own 8 yard line with 11:11 remaining in the half.  This will be Navy’s fourth drive in the game and the average field position is their own 14 yard line.

4:19 - Milton completes a pass to Jordan Akins for 20 yards to the Navy 39.

4:15 - Navy came into today’s game averaging 3.6 punts per game.  They already have three today with 13:37 remaining in the first half.

4:14 - Navy is forced to punt facing a 4th and 10 at their own 18.  Navy’s punt is fair caught at the UCF 35.

4:09 - The first quarter ends with the score, UCF 7, Navy 0.  The game hasn’t really seemed as close as the score indicates.  UCF has outgained Navy in offensive yardage, 145-36.  Navy has not possessed the ball in UCF territory yet.

4:07 - Navy picks up their first first-down of the game with 1:17 remaining in the first quarter on a 10 yard rush by Zach Abey.

4:02 - UCF goes for it on 4th and 1 at the Navy 3 and was held with no gain on a tackle by DE Tyler Sayles.  The Mids take over with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter at their own 3 yard line.

4:00 - Milton completes an 18 yard pass to Marlon Williams to the Navy 25.

3:57 - UCF forces another three and out for Navy.  White’s punt is taken at the UCF 46 and returned to the Navy 43.

3:50 - Two huge penalties and two nice Navy tackles force UCF into a 4th and 28 punting situation.  The punt is downed at the Navy 11 where the Mids take over first and 10.

3:46 - Taj McGowan runs the ball 17 yards on the first play.  On the next play McGowan carries the ball for 17 more.  UCF has the ball in Navy territory.

3:42 - Navy is forced to punt on their first drive without gaining a first down.  Owen White punts the ball out of bounds at the UCF 31 where the Knights take over.

3:40 - Navy returns the kickoff to their own 24.

3:38 - Milton completes a 6-yard TD pass to Tre’Quan Smith.  UCF takes the quick 7-0 lead over Navy with 11:48 remaining in the first quarter.  UFC’s scoring drive was 10-64-3:12.

3:36 - Milton runs the ball 9 yards to the Navy 8.  1st and goal UCF.

3:34 - McKenzie Milton completes a 35 yard pass to Sophomore Dredrick Snelson to the Navy 31 to convert a big third down play.

3:32 - UCF starts the game on their own 36 yard line.


3:28 - The Midshipmen take the field and the Knights follow closely behind.  Navy won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.  UCF will get the ball first on this sunny, warm afternoon.

3:25 - Following the National Anthem, two F/A-18 F Superhornets and two F/A-18 C Hornets participated in the flyover.

3:15 - The Brigade is now on the field in one of the best traditions in college football.

3:10 - UCF is huge.  Their offensive line weighs in at 325, 304, 320, 340, and 306.  Navy’s front three on defense matches with 292, 304, and 257.

3:04 - Both teams are wrapping up their pregame warmups.  The Brigade of Midshipmen are waiting outside the stadium for their march on.

1:22 - The Central Florida team has arrived at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium - to much less fanfare than the Midshipmen.

1:00 - The Navy team buses have just arrived at the stadium with a police escort.  There’s a nice crowd lining the sidewalk to welcome the team and wish them well.

GAME PREVIEW - Navy’s 17 home game regular season win streak will be on the line as undefeated and #20 ranked Central Florida comes to Annapolis for a 3:30 kickoff. The Knights are 5th in the nation in total offense averaging 547 yards per game.  They are also first in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 50.6 points.  The Knights are dominating their opponents, winning games by nearly 34 points per game.  That includes a 40-13 win over Memphis, the team that gave Navy their only loss of the season. The Navy defense has a huge task in front of them to get back to their winning ways. The Mids will have to play a nearly perfect game to pick up the win and won’t be able to afford turnovers or untimely penalties.

UCF is led by QB McKenzie Milton who has completed 70% of his passes while throwing for 15 TDs and just 2 INTs.  His leading target is Tre’Quan Smith who has 7 TD catches which is 7th best in the country.  As well as the Central Florida offense has played this year, the defense is giving up just 16.8 points per game and is holding opponents to just 110 yards on the ground.  They will be tested against the Navy triple option rushing attack that leads the nation with nearly 400 yards per game.

Navy is led by QB Zach Abey who is on pace to break the school’s rushing attempt record.  Abey has already rushed for 1016 yards and has 12 rushing TDs through the first 6 games.  Sophomore Malcolm Perry is the second leading rusher and receiver on the team with 4 total TDs.  Sean Williams leads the defense with 43 total tackles to go along with a FF and FR.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Navy 48, Air Force 45 - Final

7:13 - The game is final after Air Force attempts several laterals before being tackled.  Navy wins 48-45 and moves to 5-0 and can win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy with a win over Army on December 9.

7:10 - Air Force has the ball on their own 25 with 15 seconds remaining in the game.

7:06 - Zach Abey completes a 16 yard TD pass to Tyler Carmona with 15 seconds remaining in the game.  Moehring’s PAT gives Navy a 48-45 lead.  Navy’s scoring drive was 11-75-1:38

7:05 - Navy has the ball on the AF 16 with 25 seconds left in the game.

7:02 - Navy facing a 4th and 2 on their own 32 and complete a 25 yard pass to Brandon Colon.

7:00 - Navy starts at their own 25.

6:57 - Worthman finds Bennett wide open for a 51 yard TD pass giving AF the lead.  After the PAT, Air Force leads Navy 45-41 with 1:53 left in the game.  Air Forces scoring drive was 2-57-0:35.

6:56 - Air Force starts on their own 43 yard line down 3 to Navy with 2:28 remaining.

6:55 - Air Force forces Navy to punt from their own 29 with 2:34 left in the game.

6:50 - Navy faces a key drive starting on their own 25 and leading Air Force by 3 with 4:09 left in the game.  Today’s matchup is the highest scoring game in the history of the Navy-Air Force rivalry.

6:48 - Tim McVey found the end zone after a 2 yard run.  The Falcon scoring drive was 5-75-1:59. With 4:09 remaining in the game, Navy leads Air Force 41-38.

6:46 - As ArionWorthman took a big hit, he complete a 60 yard pass to Ronald Cleveland to the Navy 15.

6:41 - Navy decides to kick the field goal and Bennett Moehring makes the 25 yard field goal.  With 6:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, Navy leads Air Force 41-31.  Navy’s scoring drive was 10-52-5:20.

6:38 - Navy faces a 4th and 1 on the Air Force 7 with 6:13 remaining in the game.

6:34 - Perry carries the ball 14 yards to the Air Force 32.

6:30 - On the kickoff, Malcolm Perry collides with a teammate then returns the ball 33 yards to the 41.

6:24 - Geraud Sanders completes a 24 yard pass to Worthman to the Navy 3.  On the next play, Worthman runs it in for a Falcon TD.  Air Force’s scoring drive was 8-89-3:26.  With 11:28 remaining in the game, Navy leads Air Force, 38-31.

6:21 - Worthman completes a 22 yard pass to Bennett.  Then he completes a pass to Garrett for 10 yards.  The Falcons follow that up with a 24 yard reverse by Cleveland to the Navy 19.

6:19 - Navy is forced to punt and AF fair catches the ball at the AF 11.

6:15 - The third quarter ends with Navy facing a 4th and 15.  The Mids lead Air Force 38-24.

6:10 - Zach Abey carries the ball three times in the current drive gaining 45 yards.  Abey now has 174 yards on the ground today.

6:03 - Arion Worthman carries the ball for a one yard TD cutting Navy’s lead to 38-24.  The Air Force scoring drive was 11-73-4:44.  Navy holds a 2 TD advantage with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter.

5:50 - Zach Abey counters Air Force with a 75 yard TD run.  Navy leads Air Force 38-17 with 9:14 remaining in the third quarter.  Navy’s scoring drive was 1-75-0:12.  Zach Abey now has 142 yards on 16 carries.  Today marks his 6th straight 100 yard game going back to last season.  His 6 consecutive 100 yard gams ties him for third in school history.  The record is seven.

5:45 - Tim McVey carries the ball 6 yards for an Air Force TD.  Air Force’s scoring drive was 4-73-1:30.  With 9:26 remaining in the third quarter, Navy leads Air Force 31-17.

5:43 - Arion Worthman carries the ball 52 yards to the Navy 21.

5:38 - Bennett Moehring kicks a 21 yard field goal to give Navy a 31-10 lead over Air Force with 10:56 remaining in the third quarter.  Navy’s scoring drive was 8-61-4:04.

5:35 - Darryl Bonner takes a Zach Abey pitch 38 yards to the Air Force 7.

5:32 - Navy takes Air Force’s kickoff to start the second half at their 35 yard line when the kickoff goes out of bounds.

5:12 - Worthman runs the ball 14 yards to the Navy 9.  Luke Strebel kicked a 26 yard FG as time expired.  Air Force’s scoring drive was 11-55-1:52.  Navy leads Air Force, 28-10 at halftime.

5:03 - Worthman carries the ball 11 yards on third-and-10 to the Navy 32.  There is 0:55 remaining in the first half.

5:00 - Worthman carries the ball 22 yards to the 43 yard line.

4:56 - DJ Palmore picked up an Air Force fumble and returned it 41 yards to the Air Force 40 yard line.  Two plays later Abey hit Malcolm Perry for a 40 yard TD completion.  Moehring made the PAT.  With 1:52 remaining in the half, Navy leads Air Force 28-7.  Navy’s scoring drive was 2-40-0:14.

4:46 - Abey scores from one yard out giving Navy a 21-7 lead following Moehring’s PAT.  Navy’s scoring drive was 6-41-3:06.  There is 3:45 remaining in the first half.

4:41 - Abey carries the ball for 14 yards to the Air Force one yard line.  Navy now has 24 carries for 205 yards.  Air Force is 19-65.

4:38 - Navy’s Jerry Thompson sacks Worthman forcing a fumble.  DJ Palmore recovered on the Air Force 41 yard line.  On Navy’s first play, Perry carries the ball for 22 yards to the AF 19.  Perry now has 3 carries for 113 yards, his third consecutive 100 yard game.

4:36 - Air Force’s Ronald Cleveland carries the ball for 18 yards to the Air Force 29 getting the ball out of shadow of the goal post.

4:33 - Darryl Bonner takes a pitch from Zach Abey, hurdles a defender, and takes the ball into the end zone giving Navy a 14-7 lead.  On the drive, Chris High carried the ball eight of Navy’s 10 plays for 34 yards.

4:19 - DJ Palmore sacks Worthman for an 11 yard loss forcing AF to punt.  The punt travels 24 yards and Navy will start at the Falcons 45 yard line.

4:13 - At the end of the first quarter, the score is tied 7-7.  It was an evenly played first quarter with just two yards of total offense separating the two teams - Air Force 127, Navy 125.

4:09 - It was announced that today’s attendance is 38,792 a new stadium record.  The previous record was 38,225 set in 2013, also against Air Force.

4:08 - Navy is forced to punt on their ensuing drive and Air Force will take over 1st and 10 at their own 16 yard line.

3:58 - Worthman completes another long pass to Bennett, this time for a 59 yard TD.  Air Force and Navy are tied at 7-7.  Air Force’s scoring drive was 5-77-2:22.

3:50 - Malcolm Perry carries the ball 91 yards for a Navy TD.  The TD run is tied for the 2nd longest TD run in school history.  Following Bennett Moehring’s PAT, Navy leads Air Force, 7-0 with 7:52 remaining in the first quarter.  Navy’s scoring drive was 1 play, 91 yards, 14 seconds.

3:45 - Arion Worthman completes a 23 yard pass to Marcus Bennett for an Air Force first down to the AF 48 yard line.  The drive stalls and Air Force is forced to punt on the second drive.  The punt rolls inside the Air Force 10 yard line.

3:39 - Navy forces a three-and-out on Air Forces first drive.  The Falcons punt the ball to the Navy 36 yard line.

3:35 - Navy won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.  Air Force will get the ball first in today’s game.  The Falcons return the kickoff to their own 19.

3:33 - The Midshipmen take the field.  Air Force follows soon after.

3:26 - Four F/A-18F Superhornets fly over to a great response from this sellout crowd.3:24 - The Brigade of Midshipmen are on the field.  What a great tradition.

3:14 - Air Force leaves the field and the Midshipmen are ready for their march on.

1:31 - Several players from both teams have made their way onto the field to begin their pregame warmups. It’s a beautiful day here in Annapolis, 78 degrees and sunny.

1:00 - The Navy Midshipmen have just arrived at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial stadium and are making their way to the locker room through a nice crowd of fans that line the path from the Navy buses to the stadium

Today will be the first head-to-head match up in the battle for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.  Air Force (1-3) travels to Annapolis to take on the Midshipmen (4-0).  The game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is a sellout and the crowd will be looking for Navy to avenge last season’s 28-14 loss to the Falcons in Colorado Springs.

Air Force is led offensively by quarterback, Arion Worthman.  Worthman has rushed for 250 yards and thrown for 396 yards and six touchdowns.  Tim McVey is the leading rusher for Falcons with 278 yards and three TDs on the ground.  Worthman’s go-to receiver is Geraud Sanders who has seven receptions for 147 yards and three touchdowns.  Senior linebacker, Jack Flor is the leading tackler for Air Force.

Navy enters today’s game relying on the legs of junior quarterback, Zach Abey.  Abey is the leading rusher (656 yards and 7 TDs) and passer (385 yards and 3 TDs) for the Midshipmen.  Fullback, Chris High is the second leading rusher for the Nation’s leading rushing attach with 288 yards and a TD.  Tyler Carmona is Abey’s leading pass catcher with four receptions and two touchdowns. Sean Williams and Micah Thomas are the leading tacklers for the Mids with 29 and 25 tackles respectively.

We will provide live coverage all afternoon long once the game kicks off at 3:32 PM.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

PIAA AAAAAA Boys Championship Bracket

2017 PIAA Boys' Basketball Championships AAAAAA Boys' Championship