Photo Story: Navy sinks Pirates, 45-21 (1st)

Navy defeated East Carolina 45-21 on Saturday in Annapolis.'s Alison Althouse was there and captured these images (first half). (NOTE 2nd quarter photos have been added)

Thanks to our American Athletic Conference officiating crew: (L-R) Head Linesman Adam Loudin, Line Judge Tod Reese, Back Judge Byron Adams, Referee Rick Lourniet, Umpire John Shigo, Side Judge James Brennan and Center Judge Ryan Wingers.

The cheer button for the day: Man the Guns! Go Navy! Beat the Pirates! There's something so cool about seeing everyone wearing the same button as the game begins.

As we play our first American Athletic Conference game, the Conference trophy makes its maiden voyage to Annapolis.

"The Littlest 6-Striper"

National Anthem, sung by the USNA mens and womens combined choirs.

Navy Captains Bernard Sarra (#77) and Keenan Reynolds (#19) are escorted to the coin toss by the Side Judge.

Bringing in the American Flags are (L-R) Senior Will Huntsman (#46, from Salt Lake City, Utah), Demond Brown (#25, from Glen Burnie, Maryland), and Will Anthony (#90, from Jacksonville, Florida).

The fly-over featured a B-25 Mitchell, which is the aircraft used during the "Doolittle Raid" on April 18, 1942, as they launched from the USS HORNET in the Western Pacific targeting mainland Japan during WWII.

Captains participate in the traditional coin toss before the game can begin. ECU won the toss and elected to receive; Navy elected to defend the South end zone. Navy Captains shown are Bernie Sarra (#77) and Keenan Reynolds (#19). ECU captains shown are #7 (Isaiah Jones), #57 (Joe Allely), #44 ( (Zeek Bigger), and #80 (Bryce Williams).

Navy's kickoff resulted in a touchback, fielded by ECU #23 (Quay Johnson). Play would begin at the ECU25.

ECU #10 (Blake Kemp) pass to #80 (Bryce Williams) is complete for 4 yards. Stop is made by Navy's Daniel Gonzales (#58) at the ECU29.

Navy's Kwazel Bertrand (#17) made the quick stop on ECU's #81 (Jimmy Williams) after a gain of 5 yards to the ECU34.

ECU pass to #22 (Chris Hairston) is complete and he is chased by Navy's Josiah Powell (#48) and Daniel Gonzales (#58) but is ultimately taken out-of-bounds by Navy's Quincy Adams (#5) at the ECU49.

ECU's #22 (Chris Hairston) rushes for 3 yards to the Navy32, where Navy's Lorentez Barbour (#2) loses his helmet while making the stop.

Three incomplete passes, including this one on 3rd and 7 to #15 (Brandon Bishop) resulted in ECU turning the ball over on downs at the Navy32.

The midshipmen are in high spirits as Navy takes over and starts their first drive of the game.

After three runs by Navy's Chris Swain (#37) to get a first down, Navy's Dishon Romine (#28) rushes for 23 big yards to move Navy to the ECU34 before he's taken down by ECU #3 (Travon Simmons).

Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) completes the pass to Jamir Tillman (#4) for 5 yards before ECU #10 (Rocco Scarfone) takes him down at the ECU25.

Navy's Dishan Romine (#28) rushes for 14 yards to the ECU11, and another Navy first down, before eventually being pushed out-of-bounds by ECU #51 (Montese Overton).

Navy's Chris Swain (#37) churns his way through 8 yards to get Navy to the ECU3 before he's stopped by ECU #34 (Devaris Brunson).

After Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) rushes for his first touchdown of the game, Austin Grebe (#43) completes the series with a successful PAT. Score is now Navy 7, ECU 0. Clock 07:12.

ECU pass is complete to #81 (Jimmy Williams) for 14 yards where he's stopped by Navy's Brendon Clements (#1) and Kwazel Bertrand (#17) at the ECU40.

Pirates' pass is complete to #7 (Isaiah Jones) for a gain of 6 yards to the Navy13. Lorentez Barbour (Navy #2) is credited with the stop.

ECU pass is complete to #15 (Brandon Bishop) for 10 yards at which point he's stopped at the Navy2 by Lorentez Barbour (Navy #2).

After a TD pass to ECU #81 (Jimmy Williams), Pirates' #38 (Davis Plowman) completes the successful PAT to tie the score: Navy 7, ECU 7 Clock 02:45.

Navy's Dishan Romine (#28) has a 37 yard kickoff return to get the Mids from the Navy2 to the Navy39. After an ECU penalty, Navy starts their assault from the Navy44.

Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) hands off to DeBrandon Sanders (#21), who rushes for 20 yards to get Navy to the ECU36.

Navy's Toneo Gulley (#22) scrambles up the side to gain 14 yards to the ECU20 and another Navy first down.

Navy's Chris Swain (#37) powers his way through the ECU line to eat up 12 yards in three plays and get Navy to another first down at the ECU14.

In the final play of the first quarter, Navy's Quentin Ezell (#32) rushes for 7 yards to get Navy to the ECU1 before he's stopped short of the goal line. #51 (Montese Overton) is credited with the tackle.

Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) keeps and rushes the final yard for a touchdown. Clock 14:56. Coming into the game, Reynolds had scored 65 career touchdowns (all rushing), the most in NCAA history by a quarterback and the most by any player in school history.

Navy's Austin Grebe (#43) completes the drive with a successful PAT to put Navy in the lead: Navy 14, ECU 7.

ECU QB #10 (Blake Kemp) rushes for 2 yards but Navy's Daniel Gonzales (#58) is able to get to him and stop his progress at the ECU37.

ECU pass to #7 (Isaiah Jones) was complete for 36 yards before Navy's Kwazel Bertrand (#17) brought him down at the Navy27.

ECU's #10 (Blake Kemp) was sacked for a 9-yard loss by Navy's Will Anthony (#90) to drop the Pirates back to the Navy30.

ECU #38 (Davis Plowman) misses the field goal, wide left, from 48. Ball is spotted at the Navy30 (Clock: 12:08) and the Midshipmen go back to work.

Navy's Chris Swain (#37) continued his assault on the defense for another 3 yards but is stopped by ECU #99 (Fred Presley) at the ECU44.

Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) rushes for 7 yards to get another first down at the ECU21.

Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) rushes for 16 yards before being brought down by ECU #3 (Travon Simmons) at the ECU5. Navy's Dishan Romine (#28, shown here) does his best to avoid a collision in the process.

Navy's Chris Swain (#37) protects the ball as he pushes through 3 yards to reach the ECU2.

Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) finishes the drive with a rushing touchdown. Clock 08:29.

Navy's Austin Grebe (#43) completes the PAT to adjust the score: Navy 21, ECU 7.

Navy's celebrations now include a Spirit Flag for the American Athletic Conference.

ECU's #23 (Quay Johnson) returns the kickoff 34 yards at the ECU39. Note: Navy's kicker, Austin Grebe (#43, NOT pictured), is credited with the tackle.

Navy's Daniel Gonzales (#58) gets into the Pirates' backfield and stops ECU #33 (Anthony Scott) for a loss of 3 yards to the ECU36.

ECU pass by #10 (Blake Kemp) is incomplete, in part due to action by Navy's Josiah Powell (#48), causing a 4th and 6 situation.

ECU #40 (Worth Gregory) has a 42 yard punt to the Navy15.

Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) carries for 11 yards before ECU #7 (Jordan Williams) takes him down on the Navy26.

ECU #7 (Jordan Williams) is in on the stop again, but this time it's Navy's Quentin Ezell (#32) who gains 11 yards to get the Mids to the Navy47 and another first down.

Navy's Chris Swain (#37) is hard to bring down but ECU #31 (Domonique Lennon) doesn't let go. Swain's yardage gets Navy the first down at the ECU43.

Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) is able to gain 18 yards before being stopped by ECU #7 (Jordan Williams) at the ECU25 but Navy incurs a 15-yard personal foul penalty which takes the play back to the ECU40.

Navy's Chris Swain (#37) rushes for 11 yards to the ECU19 but a 10-yard penalty on ECU #99 (Fred Presley) brings Navy to the ECU9.

Navy's Chris Swain (#37) continues to work and finish the drive with a 4-yard rushing touchdown. Clock 02:11.

Navy's Austin Grebe (#43) completes the drive with his successful PAT to make the score Navy 28, ECU 7.

Navy's Will Anthony (#90) stops ECU #22 (Chris Hairston) at the line of scrimmage for no gain on the play at the ECU33.

ECU pass to #7 (Isaiah Jones) is complete for 21 yards but Navy's Quincy Adams (#5, shown Left) is able to stop him at the 50-yardline.

Another completed ECU pass to #7 (Isaiah Jones) gets the Pirates 10 yards before Navy's Will Anthony (#90, not shown) is able to stop him at the Navy32.

ECU scores with a 17 yard pass after a targeting call is upheld. Clock 00:03.

ECU #38 (Davis Plowman) kicks the PAT to make the updated score Navy 28, ECU 14.

ECU #91 (Caleb Pratt) kicks off for the final play of the first half. Current Score: Navy 28, ECU 14. Top Stories