Nov. 4, 2011
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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army sprint football's high-powered offense was halted by service academy rival Navy Friday night as the Black Knights dropped their season finale, 28-6. The Midshipmen (7-0, 6-0 CSFL) swept the two-game season series against Army (5-2, 5-1 CSFL), capturing the College Sprint Football League title and Star in the process.
The Black Knights entered the game averaging over 48 points and nearly 520 yards per contest but were held to just one touchdown and 292 yards, both season lows. The last time Army was held to a single-digit point total was Oct. 30, 2009, the season finale and CSFL title game against Navy at West Point, when the Mids defeated the Black Knights, 7-6.
Navy scored a touchdown per quarter, beginning midway through the first stanza when Marty Meehan ran in his first of two scores on the night on the Mids' first drive of the game. Army would fine the end zone for the only time all night just seconds into the second quarter, as junior quarterback Javier Sustaita rushed in his team-best eighth touchdown of the season. Navy blocked the extra-point attempt by junior Kevin Scruggs, maintaining its lead, 7-6.
Sustaita would go on to pass for 194 yards on 24-of-44 attempts, marking the first time since the 2010 season finale against Navy in which he was held under 200 yards passing.
With winds whipping around West Point's Shea Stadium, the Black Knights took to the ground early, as junior running back Marquis Morris would rush for 63 yards in the first quarter alone. Morris would go on to rush for a career-high 85 yards on 18 attempts.
Navy's ground game would steal the show, however, as David Williams had a record-breaking night, setting Midshipmen records by running for 291 yards on 39 touches. Williams' yardage total was more than Army allowed any team to collect all season. As a team, Navy would go on to rush for 322 of its 478 yards of total offense.
Meehan tacked on his second touchdown of the game with six minutes remaining in the first half, as the teams would enter the break with Navy ahead 14-6.
The Midshipmen, who had won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half, scored on their first drive of the third quarter as Erika Erlandson hit Drew Presnell for a 28-yard score at the 11:40 mark.
Army's offense sputtered in the third quarter, turning it over on downs and coughing up an interception, ending the quarter behind 21-6.
Once again Navy capitalized, scoring on its first drive of the fourth quarter as Erlandson passed for his second TD of the game, finding Jesse Hollan for an 11-yard score. The Midshipmen would eat up the clock in the final quarter, controlling the ball for nearly 10 minutes and keeping the Black Knights out of the red zone.
"It certainly wasn't what we expected," said Army head coach Lt. Col. Mark West. "Tell me we hold Navy to 28 points and lose with our offense, I'd tell you that you were crazy. Overall I thought our defense kept us in it, but offensively we couldn't get things rolling tonight and credit Navy for that, they kept us off balance all night."
With the win, Navy improved its all-time series lead against Army to 40-31-1, while the CSFL title was the Midshipmen's 35th in conference history. The Black Knights fall to 15-13-1 at home against the Midshipmen. Army's 5-1 conference record marks the third consecutive season the Black Knights finished CSFL play with just one loss.