March 9, 2012
Armor 20, Infantry 14
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FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Armor team scored 10 unanswered points in the third quarter to claim a 20-14 victory over the Infantry squad in Army's annual Black/Gold Game at Fort Benning on Friday afternoon. The scrimmage capped the Black Knights' spring practice season.
Brian Austin's 5-yard run put Armor on top 17-14 and Eric Osteen's 34-yard field goal, his second of the game, on the final play of the third quarter set the final margin.
Infantry had the ball at the Armor 1-yard line with less than five minutes to go, but was turned away by the defense. Josh Jackson made tackles behind the line of scrimmage on two consecutive plays to thwart the Infantry team.
After three scoreless possessions, the Armor team got on the board first when Tony Giovanelli took an option pitch and ran untouched down the right sideline for the game's first score. Osteen's extra point made the score 7-0 mid-way through the first quarter.
The Infantry squad tied the game on a 19-yard pass from Gino DeBartolo to Larry Dixon. Dixon caught the ball in the flat and powered his way into the end zone, dragging three defenders with him. Billy Fisher drilled the extra point to make it 7-7.
Armor regained the lead on a 33-yard field goal by Osteen with 1:04 left in the half. A 31-yard pass from Hite to Lawrence set up the final score of the first half.
Infantry scored the first points of the second half when Terry Baggett took an option pitch and sprinted 28 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown. Fisher's kick put them on top 14-10, setting up Armor's comeback.
Giovanelli led all players with 55 rushing yards on just five carries. Raymond Maples paced the Infantry squad with 48 yards on seven carries. DeBartolo accounted for the longest play of the day with a 44-yard run on the first play of the third quarter.
Angel Santiago, quarterbacking the Armor team, completed one pass in five tries for 22 yards. DeBartolo was 1-for-4 for 19 yards and a score. Parker Hite, a member of the Armor squad, completed his only throw for 31 yards. Three-year starting quarterback Trent Steelman did not play.
Chevaughn Lawrence led the receivers, catching both of the Armor's completions for 53 yards.
Defensively, Geoffery Bacon posted a game-high seven tackles for the Armor squad. Josh Jackson had six stops, including two for loss. Colby Miller, playing just miles from his hometown of Phenix City, Ala., aadded two tackles for loss. For the Infantry, Kyle Maxwell, Jake Watts and Jacob Drozd each had five tackles. Maxwell made two stops behind the line, and Drozd accounted for two sacks.
The teams were split into Infantry and Armor to honor the Infantry and Armor schools headquartered at Fort Benning.
The Black Knights open their season on Sept. 8 at San Diego State. Army makes its home debut on Sept. 15 against Northern Illinois.