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FOOTBALL (2-6): Army 27, Air Force 24! You probably saw the game, but if not, here's the recap. Mistakes made the difference – they made them, we didn't. Coach Bobby Ross's superbly coached team, playing better every week, blocked an AF punt early in the 1st quarter and junior kicker Justin Koenig booted a 39 yd FG. AF then drove 60 yds to take a 7-3 lead at the end of one. Early in the 2nd period, Carlton Jones scored on a 22 yd burst off the right side of the AF line and Army led 10-7.

Jones punished AF all day – he rushed for 146 yds on 33 carries. AF went ahead again on a 34 yd pass; Koenig kicked another FG (22 yds) and then we missed a FG just before the half which ended with AF leading 14-13. Another 60 yd drive by Army gave us the lead 20-14 as senior Scott Wesley ran in from 16 yds out. AF drove to the Army 1, but with a 3rd and goal, they were called for 3 straight penalties and settled for a FG. Army scored a TD on an 11 play, 75 yd drive five minutes into the final period to take a 27-17 lead. AF bounced back, going 76 yds in 12 plays for the score that closed the gap to 27-24. But that was it for the Falcons. With less than 2 minutes to play, AF took time out with a third and short at the Army 48. On the first play after the timeout, yearling DE Brandon Thompson leveled the AF ball carrier, forced a fumble, and recovered it to seal the win. Army's other defensive end, junior Caleb Campbell, made 21 tackles. Senior Zac Dahman was 13 for 23 with no interceptions. First downs were even at 22, but Army dominated time of possession, 34 minutes to 26, and AF lost two fumbles. We had zero turnovers. Junior wide receiver Walter Hill caught 7 passes for 114 yds. Yearling punter Owen Tolson averaged 44 yds on 3 punts, AF averaged 24 yds on 4 punts! AF was penalized 55 yds, Army 36.

The victory was our first in Falcon Stadium since 1977, and our first in the series since 1996. AF falls to 3-7 on the season. Massachusetts here at Noon Saturday. They are a Division 1-AA power, and it will be a very tough game.

RIFLE: Captured the President's Trophy Match hosted by Air Force by defeating 3 time winner Navy. Army scored 5817, followed by Air Force with 5737, Navy with 5726, and Coast Guard with 5485. Yearling Chris Abalo won medalist honors in smallbore, and plebe Wesley Hess was Army's top shooter in air rifle.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (12-6-1): Seeded #3 in the Patriot League tournament, Army upset Colgate 1-0 in the semi-finals as junior Ronee Farrell scored the only goal. In the finals against 4th seeded Bucknell, yearling Jessica Congemi tied the game at 1-1 in the 66th minute, but Bucknell scored twice in six minutes to win 3-1.

SPRINT FOOTBALL (4-3): Played at home against Navy, who beat us earlier in the season 33-3. Navy, at 6-0 has one of their best teams ever. You recall that we beat Princeton 77-0? Navy defeated Princeton 98-0! We had defeated Penn 24-6; Navy beat them 62-15. But Army was ready for this game, and, helped by Navy miscues, we took a 16-0 lead at the end of one. Then the momentum shifted, and Navy made two TD's in the 3rd period, and converted on both 2 point tries. In the final quarter we drove deep in Navy territory, but missed a 37 yd FG. The game went into overtime. We stopped Navy cold, but in our possession, we again missed a FG that would have won the game. In the second overtime, we failed to score, and Navy made a short FG for a 19-16 win.

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