This point was made with an exclamation point attached as the Mids dominated in all phases to take their first step toward regaining the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy which was lost last year.
Here is a look back at the three keys:
1) Get out to a fast start - Pass
Navy exploded out of the blocks on Saturday, taking over the game and shutting down the Air Force offense while running all over the Falcons. The score was 21-0 at halftime and it could easily have been more given the level of Navy domination. The 33-11 win was the Mids largest margin of victory in the series since 1978 and it was once again Keenan Reynolds who ran the show rushing for 117 of his 183 yards in that first half blitz. Air Force did not score a point until late in the third quarter, before scoring again to make the game look a little more respectable in the final stanza.
2) Linebacker U - Pass
The defense flew to the ball all day, stopping the Air Force rushing attack and causing negative plays and turnovers on a consistent basis. In the first half especially the Mids were ball hawking, forcing turnovers on four consecutive Air Force possessions, all in Navy territory, on the way to piling up a 21-0 first half lead. Defensive end Will Anthony was pivotal in the havoc being created, causing two fumbles with his energy, work rate and ability to get to the ball carrier.
3) Overcome Joaquin
While Air Force committed four turnovers on a cold and wet October Saturday, those days of practice in the rain paid off for the Mids as the team did not turn the ball over once. Reynolds was as efficient and explosive as ever, rushing for a gain of 54 yards on the first play from scrimmage that really set the tone for the whole game. Reynolds was also 4-of-10 for 117 yards and a touchdown through the air, proving that even though he is mainly known for his feet he can be an effective passer if circumstances require him to be so.
Navy is now one of 20 undefeated schools left in the county and after overcoming a rainstorm and seeing the option work so decisively the Mids are settling in to a very intriguing season.