Oct. 12, 2013
MANSFIELD, Pa. -
The Army sprint football team posted 539 yards of total offense en route to a 51-6 win over Mansfield in Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) action on Saturday afternoon at Van Norman Field. With the win, the Black Knights improve to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in the CSFL, while the Mountaineers fall to 1-4 and 1-4.
The contest marks the first this season in which Army has recorded multiple touchdowns on both sides of the ball, and is the Black Knights 12th consecutive win dating back to last season.
Freshman running back Marqus Burrell ran for 67 yards on 14 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns for the Black Knights, while junior quarterback James Wartski and freshman back Nick Brickous each crossed the goal line once. Wartski completed 23-of-35 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown, and freshman receiver Austin Breed hauled in his first career touchdown catch while making three receptions for 25 yards.
On defense, senior defensive end Thomas White scored on a 40-yard fumble recovery and recorded four tackles, while freshman defensive back Sam O'Ferrall ran back an interception 53 yards for a touchdown. Senior defensive lineman Dylan Doty and sophomore defensive back Kalaukoa Labonta each posted a team-leading six tackles. Senior defensive back John Egan had an interception and three stops, and sophomore kicker Warren Kay hit a 21-yard field goal while going 1-for-2 on attempts.
For Mansfield, junior quarterback Mike Maniscalco ran six times for four yards and scored a touchdown while throwing for 143 yards on 9-of-18 passing. Senior linebacker Jake Myers made a game-high 14 stops, and classmate Anthony Mazzone registered 11 tackles and a sack.
Burrell gave the Black Knights a 6-0 advantage after rushing eight yards for the score before Kay tacked on the extra point with 8:51 remaining in the opening quarter. With 4:29 left in the quarter, Wartski capped an 11-play drive with a one-yard touchdown run, but the point after attempt was blocked, keeping the score 13-0.
Army added to its lead when Wartski connected with Breed on a 12-yard touchdown strike 3:35 into the second frame. Burrell scored his second touchdown of the game 6:55 later to cap an eight-play drive and give the visitors a 27-0 lead. After the Mountaineers blocked a Black Knight field goal attempt in the waning seconds of the first half, Kay knocked home a 21-yard kick with 6:09 gone in the third quarter to make the score 30-0.
With around five minutes remaining in the third, Doty forced a Mansfield fumble that was recovered by White and returned 40 yards for the score. Brickous extended the Army advantage to 44-0 with a 15-yard touchdown rush 3:21 into the final period before Maniscalco put his team on the board, running for a 12-yard score 1:20 later. The hosts failed to convert the ensuing two point conversion try, leaving the score at 44-6. With 7:49 left to play, O'Ferrall brought an interception back 53 yards for his first career touchdown.
The Black Knights return home for their final two games, as they host Princeton on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. before welcoming Navy to Shea Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: Army improves to 5-0 all-time versus Mansfield ... the Black Knights open the season 5-0 for the second year in a row ... Saturday's win marks the 12th straight victory for the Black Knights dating back to last season ... freshmen Austin Breed and Sam O'Ferrall each scored their first career touchdowns.