The Navy Midshipmen defeated the Hawaii Warriors 42-28 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium last Saturday. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed for a career-high 226 yards and four touchdowns. Hawaii limited Navy's offense early in the first half before the Mids's got rolling. The game was tied 14-14 at halftime. In the third quarter Navy made two defensive stops against Hawaii. Reynolds and fullback Quinton Singleton scored to give the Mids a 28-14 lead. In the fourth quarter Hawaii closed to within a touchdown at 35-28 but Reynolds then put the game out of reach with a 21-yard touchdown run. Navy's record is now 5-4.
PASSING OFFENSE: C+
Keenan Reynolds completed 4-of-8 passes for 59 passing yards with one touchdown. Reynolds' first pass attempt, following a Hawaii turnover, was a 26-yard touchdown pass to Geoffrey Whiteside. On the second drive Reynolds' next pass, in the direction of Casey Bolena, was thrown away. DeBrandon Sanders made a tremendous leaping catch 18-yard reception on the last drive of the first half. Reynolds made a nice scramble on the next play and hit Jamir Tillman on the move but Tillman had stepped on the sideline and it was ruled incomplete. With 45 seconds left in the half Reynolds threw a pass away and then on the next play rolled into pressure and was sacked.
Reynolds was lucky that he had an interception called back by a questionable roughing the passer penalty. Shawn Lynch had a 10-yard reception on a touchdown drive. Darius Staten had a five yard catch. Reynolds was able to pull down the ball a few times and scramble for some nice yardage.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A
Navy ran for 381 rushing yards, a 6.3 average and scored five rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds carried the ball 28 times for 226 rushing yards and four scores. The offense had some trouble early as Hawaii was using the 3-3-5 defense. The Mids were able to get the midline option clicking and Reynolds ended up having a career day.
Fullback Quinton Singleton once again played well as he ran 16 times for 93 yards and a touchdown. Starting B-back Chris Swain
(4 att. for 4 yards) left the game with a hamstring injury. Plebe B-back Shawn White handled the ball for the first time. He carried three times for 5 yards.
With Hawaii playing the 3-3-5 they were able to limit the slotbacks. Demond Brown's 26-yard run on the final drive was the only time a slotback broke free for a big gain. Slotback Geoffrey Whiteside
had only two carries for 7 yards. He did a nice job handling one
pitch that was behind him. DeBrandon Sanders had one carry for eight yards. Darius Staten had three carries for 23 yards. The offensive line played well. Sophomore Joey Gaston replaced left tackle Bradyn Heap who left the game with an injury.
PASSING DEFENSE: C
Hawaii quarterback Sean Schroeder completed 29 of 33 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Navy was lucky that Hawaii missed two field goal attempts during the first half or this could have been a different game.
Cornerback Brandon Clements (9 tackles) was beat deep on a post pattern by Hawaii's Keith Kirkwood for a 40-yard touchdown. Safety Parrish Gaines (6 tackles) was late with the help. Almost all of Hawaii's other throws were short to intermediate patterns.
Jordan Drake thought tight end Clark Evans was staying in to block on a waggle action roll out by Schroeder and didn't cover him in the flat as he scored on an eight yard touchdown reception. Drake was beat again by Clark on a quick out for Hawaii's final touchdown. Jordan Drake and William Tuider combined for a sack on the opening Hawaii series of the second half to force a punt. Drake (4 tackles, 1 ½ sacks) was in on both of Navy's sacks.
Rover Wave Ryder posted a career-high 12 tackles. Myer Krah (2 tackles, FR) had a nice pass breakup in the end zone after replacing the injured Beltrand. Navy's defensive backs allowed Hawaii to play pitch and catch in front of them all game but were able to force back-to-back punts to start the third quarter which allowed the Mids to open a two touchdown lead.
RUSHING DEFENSE: D
The Mids allowed the Warriors 218 rushing yards, 4.6 yards a carry and a rushing touchdown. Hawaii entered the game ranked 120th in the nation and was averaging a pathetic 73 yards per game. The difference this week was that powerful running back Joey Iosefa, who had been out almost the entire year, returned to the Hawaii line up and ran for 191 yards. He was difficult to bring down.
The inside linebackers Cody Peterson and D.J. Sargenti both made 14 tackles. Chris Johnson was in on nine tackles. Navy missed nose guard Bernie Sarra who was out with an injury. Hawaii was able to push them off the ball. Starting nose guard Travis Bridges made three tackles but had a tough game. Kwazel Bertrand (5 tackles) suffered a scary concussion when he was knocked cold trying to tackle Iosefa.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B+
Long snapper Joe Cardona forced Hawaii punt returner Donnie King to fumble in the first quarter. It was recovered by Myer Krah. The next play Reynolds threw a touchdown pass to give Navy a 7-0 lead. Punter Pablo Beltran averaged 40.7 yards on his three punts. Marcus Thomas had a 23-yard kickoff return. Austin Grebe had a costly kick out of bounds that gave Hawaii the ball at the 35-yard line and led to a Hawaii touchdown. Navy's coverage teams continue to do an excellent job covering kicks and punts. Toney Gulley has been outstanding on the coverage teams. Nick Sloan hit all six of his extra points. Quincy Adams forced a fumble on the last Navy kickoff which was recovered by George Jamison.
Head coach Ken Niumatalolo was able to get his team back on track in the third quarter as Navy scored 14 points to pull ahead. On fourth and goal I would have kicked the field goal to go up three scores and make it 31-14. Niumatalolo went for it and Reynolds was stopped on the one yard line. Hawaii then drove 99 yards to score. At 28-21 it was once again a close game. Offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper did a nice job countering the Hawaii 3-3-5 defense with the midline option. Buddy Green's defense wasn't able to deal with the power running of Iosefa.
OVERALL GRADE: B
The Mids got off to a slow start. Hawaii has more talent than their record indicates and played hard despite the fact they are winless this year. The Mids responded to the challenged and had an excellent third quarter on both sides of the ball to open some daylight and give Navy the victory.
Navy Report Card: Hawaii
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