Army fights but falls to Mids, 26-14

PHILADELPHIA-- Navy topped Army for the fifth straight year to capture its fourth straight Commander In Chief's Trophy, 26-14. Unlike the previous four meetings, Army played tough throughout most of the game.

The Black Knights kept it close through the first three quarters before a fourth quarter meltdown by promising freshman quarterback Carson Williams, which included 2 interceptions, one of which was returned for a Midshipmen score.

The Cadets took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a Jeremy Trimble 41-yard double reverse run.

Navy struck back quickly with a Reggie Campbell 9-yard scoring run with 4:01 remaining in the first quarter to knot the score at 7.

Tied 7-7 at the half, Army would go 3 plays and out on its first drive of the second half. Navy took advantage of great field position on their first drive of the second half and took a 14-7 lead on a 33-yard Jason Tomlinson scoring run.

The fourth quarter was a nightmare for Army. Williams first interception resulted in a Matt Harmon 35-yard field goal to put the Mids up 17-7. Williams second interception was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by Keenan Little to give Navy a seemingly insurmountable lead of 24-7 with 5:22 remaining in the game.

Things go even worse for Williams and Army on the next possession when Tyler Tidwell slammed Williams to the turf in the end zone for a safety to give Navy a 26-7 lead.

Tim Dunn caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Williams with 2 seconds remaining to give the Cadets a small moral victory.

Army's Williams finished the game with a very respectable 16 of 23 completions for 151 yards, a touchdown and the two costly interceptions. The Cadet's Mike Viti bulled for 59 yards on 15 carries. Jeremy Trimble had 5 catches for 48 yards.

Navy quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada gained 74 yards in 15 rushing attempts. Fullback Eric Kettani filled in for Adam Ballard, who was hurt early in the game, and rushed for 67 yards in 15 carries.

Army finishes its season 3-9. Navy improves to 9-3 with the win. The Mids will next play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 30th. The opponent is yet to be determined.


Army's Jeremy Trimble leaps over Navy's Rashawn King, bottom, for a touchdown after a 41-yard run during the first quarter of a football game Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, in Philadelphia. At left is Army's Tim Dunn. (AP Photo/George Widman)

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