Navy defense dominates scrimmage

ANNAPOLIS-The Navy defense showed improvement Saturday morning in the second full-scale scrimmage of the fall. In 17 possessions the first, second and third team defense held their counterparts to two touchdowns and a field goal. The first team offense did account for all three scores on seven possessions.

"I thought the guys competed a little better today," said Johnson. "I thought it was more even this week. Both sides did some good things, but we still had too many penalties, gave up too many big plays and had a lot of missed assignments. We weren't as crisp as I would have liked.

Brian Hampton led the first team offense on six drives starting from his own 30 and led the offense to two touchdowns. He would have had another touchdown, but wide receiver Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada dropped a wide-open 70-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the field. Hampton finished the day with 97 yards rushing on 16 carries and completed five of his 10 pass attempts for 63 yards and one interception.

"I thought Brian did okay. He made a really bad throw on his interception and he missed a check or too but he's getting there," said Johnson. "He also made some really good throws too. The one to Kaipo was really nice. Kaipo can catch the ball. I'm not worried about him. He will be all right. It's not even a concern."

Junior fullback Adam Ballard was the leading rusher in the scrimmage with 100 yards on 14 carries. Jason Tomlinson and O.J. Washington had two catches each. Kaheaku-Enhada piloted the first-team offense to a field goal on his only drive with the first team.

The defense forced five turnovers on the day, one by the first-team, one by the second-team and three by the third-team. Jeremy McGown and Jordan Reagan had interceptions, while Nate Frazier, Kerwin Scott and Jonathan Alvarado recovered fumbles.

Joe Cylc was the leading tackler with 12, while Casey Hebert added 10, including two tackles for a loss and a sack. Clint Sovie added nine stops.

The Mids will now begin preparations for the season opener against East Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 2. Season and single game tickets are still on sale at www.navysports.com, by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Ricketts Hall Box Office.


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