Report Card: Navy vs. Troy

Finally! After enduring a six game losing streak, the Navy Midshipmen easily defeated the Troy Trojans 42-14 in a rout on Senior Day at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The victory was made possible by the return of two injured seniors. Quarterback Kriss Proctor returned from a dislocated left elbow to run for two touchdowns and passed for another.

Senior slotback Aaron Santiago's career was thought to be possibly over after he broke his forearm earlier in the year against Western Kentucky. He returned against Troy to lead the Mids with 80 rushing yards. Navy raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead as the Mids played their best game of the season. The win improves Navy's record to 3-6.






Kriss Proctor completed 4-of-6 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown despite playing with a recently dislocated elbow. Proctor completed his first pass on a hitch route to Matt Aiken for 12 yards on the opening drive. The next series Proctor hit back-to-back passes. Kriss hit Brandon Turner in the flat on a well-designed screen pass that went for 25 yards to convert a third-and-12 yard situation. On the next play Proctor hit John Howell on a 42-yard play action pass that set up Proctor's first touchdown run. At the start of the second quarter Proctor hit a wide open Gee Gee Greene on a go route for a 48-yard touchdown pass. Despite the injury, Proctor was very effective hitting open receivers in stride. His ball didn't have a lot of zip but that was the case even before his injury. Trey Miller replaced Proctor and played most of the second half and failed to complete his two pass attempts. Jarvis Cummings saw time late in the fourth quarter but didn't attempt a pass.
Navy rushed for 390 yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Kriss Proctor (12 att., 42 yards) scored two touchdowns but missed a number of reads. Aaron Santiago returned to lead the Mids with 80 rushing yards. His speed and burst in the hole was a welcomed addition back for the offense. Fullback Alexander Teich ran for 71 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown. Gee Gee Greene had five carries for 52 yards and scored a touchdown. Mike Stukel (19 yards, 1 TD) had a nice 10-yard run to set up Proctor's first touchdown. A-back John Howell ran for 15 yards. Back-up QB Trey Miller (11 att., 57 yards) ran the offense for most of the second half before giving way to Jarvis Cumming (2 att., 5 yards) for the final series of the game, Matt Aiken made a terrific move on a reverse running for 13 yards after avoiding being trapped in the backfield. Blocking on the perimeter was excellent especially in the first half.
Troy quarterbacks completed 27 of 37 passes for 212 yards with a touchdown. The Trojan completed a lot of underneath patterns but the Mids shut them out in the first half. Corey Robinson was sacked by Colin Sturdivant (2 tackles, 1 fumble recovery). LB Tra'ves Bush knocked down a pass and led the Mids with 10 tackles and big hits. David Sperry made eight tackles and had a much better game in coverage. Parrish Gaines made seven tackles and was able to force a fumble. Inside linebacker Matt Warrick (5 tackles) deflected a pass, forcing Troy to punt. Rover Kwesi Mitchell made six tackles. Plebe safety Chris Ferguson (6 tackles) demonstrated good speed and range but he is still learning the position.
Matt Brewer (6 tackles) returned at inside linebacker and had a positive impact for the run defense. Jabaree Tuani (5 tackles) had his best game in a while. Nose tackle Jared Marks made one tackle, recovered a key fumble on Troy's opening drive and knocked down a pass. Troy ran for only 118 yards and averaged 3.5 yards per carry while rushing for a touchdown. Brye French made four tackles at outside linebacker.
Navy didn't return a punt all day. On kickoff returns the Mids didn't do much. Pablo Beltran averaged just 35.3 yards on his three punts. Jon Teague didn't attempt a field goal and had one touchback on his kickoffs. The Mids kickoff coverage remains awful (27.8 per kickoff return) allowing a 54-yard return by Worthy who was run down by cornerback David Sperry.
Ken Niumatalolo's team was focused and well prepared for Senior Day and it showed. Troy's defense had no answers for Ivin Jasper's spread option attack. Jasper really made Troy pay with the play action pass as they attempted to stop the run. After some red zone troubles the last month, Navy finished 5 for 5 in the red zone with each score being a touchdown. Defensive coordinator Buddy Green called the game from the coaching booth. Green felt it would give him a better view of the game and allow him to call the defensive plays more efficiently. Special teams continue to be a concern.
Navy was going to take its frustrations out on someone eventually. This rout was what Navy needed to end the six game losing streak on senior day. It was easily the best offensive and defensive performance this year by the starters. The special team's struggles are the only thing that stopped this from being an "A" grade.

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