Our own Joe Cardona (Navy #93) is a senior long snapper, being looked at by NFL scouts. Here he is during warmups.
Navy's spirit buttons for the day's game vs the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
Navy CoCaptains, Parrish Gaines (#2) and Noah Copeland (#34) win the toss and elect to receive the ball.
Bringing the American flags into the game, for the fourth week in a row, are (L-R) Quinton Singleton (#36), Jake Zuzek (#64) and Paul Quessenberry (#45).
Navy's Brandon Jones (#3) along with assistance from Quinton Singleton (Navy #36) stop the forward progress of WKU #10 (Willie McNeal) at the 18 yard line.
WKU handoff to #33 (Leon Allen) gets stopped by Navy's Parrish Gaines (#2) after a 10 yard gain.
Hilltopper #13 (Antwane Grant) was able to gain 14 yards before being pushed out of bounds by Navy's Brendon Clements (#1) with the help of Kwazel Bertrand (#17).
Navy's Brendon Clements (#1) stopped WKU's #20 (Anthony Wales) at the Navy21.
Western Kentucky's #56 (Garrett Schwettman)'s field goal was successful. First score change of the game is Navy 0, WKU 3. Clock is 11:41.
Navy's Ryan Williams-Jenkins (#24) returns the kickoff 22 yards to the Navy 31.
Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) is sacked for a loss of 8 yards by Hilltoppers #98 (Devante Terrell) in Navy's first play of the game.
Keenan Reynolds (Navy #19) rushes for 9 yards and is stopped by WKU #31 (Terran Williams) but well short of the first down needed.
Pablo Beltran (Navy #11) makes a 54 yard punt to push the Hilltoppers back to the WKU10.
Pass to WKU #33 (Leon Allen) is incomplete and the Navy47. Navy's Will Anthony (#90) and Brendon Clements (#1) were in pursuit.
WKU pass to #6 (Joel German) is incomplete with Navy players all around.
WKU punter #6 (Joseph Occhipinti) gets the ball off before Navy's Obi Ozuma (#44) can block.
Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) tosses to Ryan Williams-Jenkins (#24), who rushes for 10 yards and a Navy First Down.
When Navy's senior center, Tanner Fleming (#75) goes down with an injury, junior center, Blaze Ryder (#63) steps in seamlessly.
Navy's pass to Calvin Cass, Jr. (#20) is complete for 19 yards to the WKU43.
Chris Swain (Navy #37) rushes for 28 yards before finally being stopped by the combined efforts of #30 (Prince Iworah) and #38 (Ricardo Singh) at the WKU7.
Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) rushes the final 4 yards to score the first touchdown on the day. Clock 02:05.
Nick Sloan (Navy #6) makes the PAT to make the score now Navy 7, Western Kentucky 3.
Kickoff return by Western Kentucky's #10 (Willie McNeal) is stopped at the WKU24 by Navy's Brandon Jones (#3) with help from Ryan Harris (#59)
WKU #12 (Brandon Doughty) completes the pass to #21 (Jared Dangerfield) but is kept to a 12 yard gain by Navy's Chris Johnson (#46) to finish the quarter. Score at the end of the first quarter: Navy 7, Western Kentucky 3
WKU's #33 (Leon Allen) is held to a 3 yard gain by Navy's Aaron Davis (#91)
Completed pass to WKU #20 (Anthony Wales) only nets the Hilltoppers 2 yards to the Navy19, due to a tackle by Quincy Adams (Navy #5).
Incomplete pass to WKU #10 (Willie McNeal) forces the Hilltoppers into a 4th and 4 situation. Navy players shown are (L-R) Daniel Gonzales (#58), Bernard Sarra (#77), Jordan Drake (#13), Paul Quessenberry (#45) and Will Anthony (#90).
Field goal attempt by WKU #56 (Garrett Schweitman) is good from 36. Clock 13:03. Score is now Navy 7, Western Kentucky 6.
Navy's Ryan Williams-Jenkins (#24) returns the kickoff to the Navy 26 before being stopped by WKU #8 (Marcus Ward).
Navy #19 Keenan Reynold's toss to Toneo Gulley (Navy #22) ends in a net gain of 22 yards to the Navy40.
Navy's Noah Copeland (#34) rushes for 41 yards and a Navy Touchdown! Clock 10:58.
Navy's Nick Sloan (#6) completes the PAT - score is now Navy 14, Western Kentucky 6.
Western Kentucky #15 (Joseph Occhipinti) punts 41 yards to the Navy22.
After a quick touchdown, WKU #56 (Garrett Schwettman) gets the PAT. Score is now Navy 14, Western Kentucky 13. Clock 09:32
Navy's Ryan Williams-Jenkins returns the kickoff to the Navy18.
Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) keeps for a 13 yard run and a Navy 1st down.
Keenan Reynolds (Navy #19) sends the pass off but it lands incomplete.
Pablo Beltran (Navy #11) punts 42 yards to the Navy38, where it's downed by WKU.
WKU quarterback #12 (Brendon Doughty) throws three incomplete passes and WKU is forced to punt again.
Noah Copeland (Navy #34) rushes for 5 yards and gets another Navy 1st down.
Navy's Toneo Gulley (#22) rushes for 2 yards before being stopped by WKU #17 (Dejon Brown).
Pablo Beltran (Navy #11) gets a touchback with his 42 yard punt.
Navy's Daniel Gonzales (#58) eyes a take down of WKU #21 (Jared Dangerfield).
Navy's Daniel Gonzales (#58) intercepts the WKU pass at the Navy2, returning 37 yards to the Navy39 to end the second quarter.
All photos by Alison Althouse for GoMids.com.