Typical Army-ECU Game

As long as Army is one of our CUSA conference brethren, I guess I should get use to this: another ECU-Army tilt where ECU clearly has the better athletes (for football anyway), but Army uses sheer will to keep the game much closer than the armchair quarterbacks can understand. As a matter of fact, ECU fans should be thankful of the few Army errors that helped ECU to emerge victorious in this one.

The first error came midway through the first quarter, with Army leading 7-0 and driving towards another sure score. Greg LeFever had other ideas, however, and his hit on the Army ball carrier knocked the ball free and energized the sleepwalking Pirates. Travis Heath had little choice but to scoop the lonely ball off the turf and scamper 81 yards with a full escort of awakened teammates. From there, the explosive offense and kickoff returns unit dominated the second quarter. It began with a 37-yard strike to Arnie Powell on the quarter's first play, then after an Army field goal, Marvin Townes exploded untouched on a 93-yard kickoff return. Moments later, Leonard Henry continued his incredible weekly routine with a 51-yard burst up the middle. Another Army field goal before half-time closed the scoring at 28-13.

The teams traded scores in the second half seesaw affair. Army scored the only points in the third quarter with a short run, making it 28-20 going into the fourth quarter. Henry ran through a couple of Army defenders for 9-yard score, then Army answered with a TD pass before Henry completed his hat-trick with another 28-yard jaunt, making it 42-26. Army big mistake number two followed as QB Chad Jenkins tossed an errant pass into the waiting arms of John Williamson, who showed some of his old high school running back skills as he eluded several tacklers before bulling his way the last few yards to paydirt.

So it was another hard-fought Army-ECU football tilt at the beautiful setting of Michie Stadium at West Point. I mean, who can really pull against Army (except Navy) in anything? It is even tougher for ECU fans as Steve Logan's protégé, Todd Berry, sits at the helm of the Army unit, and one of ECU's most exciting alumni, Junior Smith, coaches the Army running backs. I know that I join Coach Logan in relief knowing that this one is behind us for another year.

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