After a poised and effective dismantling of Central Michigan on Friday the Navy football team was able to relax over the weekend and enjoy an extra day of rest. Here is a look at what went right against the Chippewas.
1) Keenan Reynolds time is now
I am not sure there are many who envisioned Keenan Reynolds producing in the way he did Friday night. Reynolds became the first Midshipman quarterback since 1997 to throw for three touchdowns in a game as he showed total control of the offense and looked like he had be doing this for years. The mark of being a good passer in the option game is to pick your spots and connect when the time is right, and Reynolds did that and more by working play action to perfection against an over reading CMU defense. Like it or not, there is now a full on quarterback controversy in Annapolis.
2) Get the offense rolling
The offense did exactly what it needed to do against the Chippewas. Navy got the lead early when Central Michigan got close in the third quarter Ken Niumatalolo turned the screw and effectively put the game away with touchdowns on back to back drives. Sure, the Mids didn't put up as many points on the Chippewas defense as others have this year, but the game was effectively over by the end of the third quarter and the offense did a solid job of squeezing the life out of their hosts from that point onward.
3) Stop the pass
The Navy defense did an outstanding job of shutting down a passing offense which is better than most people think. The key to the Mids keeping Ryan Radcliff to just 139 yards was twofold. First the Navy offense did a perfect job of controlling the time of possession as the 62 Midshipmen rushing attempts led to 35 minutes in possession of the ball. Secondly, the Mids were able to bring pressure on the quarterback from a three man front. This allowed the linebackers freedom to fill passing lanes and create havoc for the Chippewas passing attack. If Navy is able to consistently bring that kind of three man pressure for the rest of the season then the team will have a chance in every game.
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