Navy Report Card: Army

Navy defeated rival Army 17-10 on Saturday in Baltimore.'s Jim Lawler grades the Mids performance in several key team areas.

Keenan Reynolds had his best passing game all season. Keenan completed 6-of-8 passes for 77 yards and a key touchdown before the end of the first half. He should have had another completion but fullback Noah Copeland dropped a pass when he was wide open on a wheel route. Reynolds was on the money all day.

Reynolds used three completions late in the second quarter to tie the score before halftime. Reynolds completed a 39-yard pass to Jamir Tillman (2 rec. for 48 yards, TD) to the Army 31. Tillman broke the tackle of Army's best defensive back Josh Jenkins to pick up an extra 14 yards. Reynolds then hit Ryan Williams-Jenkins (2 rec, 15 yards) for 12 yards. Reynolds threw a 9-yard bullet touchdown pass to Tillman with 18 seconds to go before halftime.

Wide receivers Brandon Colon had a nine yard reception and Brendan Dedeck caught a five yard pass on the long touchdown drive that made it 17-7. The Mid offensive line allowed one sack on a third down but Austin Grebe's still hit a 45-yard field goal.

Give Army credit; they held the nation’s best rushing attack to just 205 rushing yards, a 3.7 average and just one score. Keenan Reynolds made the difference. He ran 26 times for 100 yards and a touchdown. Keenan fumbled late in the game to give Army life but it didn't matter.

Fullback Noah Copeland who had always played extremely well against Army had a rough game. He had only 30 yards on 12 carries as he found little running room. B-back Chris Swain (9att., 47 yards) is just a load to tackle. It hurts just watching defenders take on the 245-pound Swain train. Slotback Geoffrey Whiteside (3 att. for 34 yards) made nice move to break free on a 19-yard run. Ryan William- Jenkins was dropped for a seven yard loss. Dishan Romine chipped in with a six yard run. It was one of those grind it out service academy games since both teams understand how to defend the option.

The Mids secondary allowed the Black Knights passing game to complete just 2-of-7 passing for only 37 yards while they sacked the Army quarterbacks three times.

Chris Johnson (5 tackles, Sack, PD) is back in top form. He had a huge game with a sack and he knocked down a pass. Will Anthony (6 tackles, 2 TFL, sack, FR) recovered A.J. Schurr fumble to end a drive and had a sack. Paul Quessenberry (6 tackles) forced the fumble.

Cornerback Brandon Clements didn't allow a completion and was in on 4 tackles. Quincy Adams (6 tackles) also didn't allow a completion. Parrish Gaines (4 tackles) just missed breaking up Kelvin White's option pass to Joe Walker.

The Mids defense did a tremendous job holding Army to just 198 rushing yards, a average of 4.4 yards per carry and they didn't allow a rushing touchdown. It was only the third game this year where the Black Knights were held under 200 rushing yards.

The Navy front seven outplayed an Army offensive line that featured two plebes. Bernie Sarra (4 tackles) once against outplayed the Army center. Jordan Drake was everywhere with 11 tackles, a pass break up and a sack. Inside linebacker Daniel Gonzalez made five tackles. Obi Ozoma was strong at the point of attack with 7 tackles. Rover George Jamison helped limit the Black Knights slotbacks with seven tackles.

Pablo Beltran had his first punt blocked in his career on his 151st kick. Army returned the blocked punt and scored a touchdown. Beltran rebounded with a a huge day as he hit three punts for 47 yards including a 52-yard effort. One was downed inside the twenty yard line and another should have been but Noah Copeland couldn’t corral it before it made the end zone for a touchback.

Navy opened the third quarter with a 41-yard kickoff return by Ryan Williams-Jenkins. That led to a 45-yard field goal by Austin Grebe for a 10-7 lead. Williams Jenkins also had a nice 28-yard return. The Mids did a nice job covering kicks.

Head coach Ken Niumatalolo earned a victory ride by defensive ends Paul Quessenberry and Will Anthony after the game. It was a well-deserved ride for Niumatalolo (56-35) who has carried the Mids winning legacy since being named head coach. Niumatalolo broke a tie with George Welsh for most wins at Navy. He is the first to win his first seven games against Army. His time out from God before Army’s offense successful fourth-and-one conversion led to the down being replayed. Paul Quessenberry stopped Santiago and it changed the momentum. Ivan Jasper had a good game allowing his offensive guys to grind it out and not panic after the slow start. Buddy Greens defense was a rock and shut down Army for the second straight year.

Navy rebounded from a slow start to grind out a 17-10 victory. The 13-game run by Navy is the longest in the history of a series that began in 1890. Before the Midshipmen went on their unprecedented streak, neither team in this storied rivalry had won more than five in a row. Enjoy it. Navy is clearly the better team.

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