Sept. 21, 2012
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Army sprint football will face its first College Sprint Football League opponent of 2012 on Saturday when it travels to the Allegiance Bowl in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to battle Post. Saturday’s 1 p.m., game will be the Black Knights’ fifth time playing in the regional event, as they carry a 2-2 record at the annual bowl game.
Army is coming off a 42-0 win over SUNY Maritime’s JV squad on Sept. 8 in Throggs Neck, N.Y. The Black Knights totaled 487 yards of offense while limiting the Privateers to just 176. Senior quarterback Javier Sustaita passed for 269 yards and four scores, while junior Jake Steckler made 11 tackles.
Saturday’s showdown with the Eagles marks just the second time in program history the two squads will face off. In 2011’s inaugural meeting, Army came away with a win in what proved to be a shootout, 57-43. Post led by as much as 18 early in the first half before Army scored three straight touchdowns in the second quarter. The Eagles would regain the lead, 43-42, with four minutes left in regulation, before Sustaita found pay dirt twice in the final two minutes to seal the win.
Army played in the Allegiance Bowl last season in the 2011 opener against Navy, falling 36-20. Prior to that, the Black Knights fell to the Midshipmen in the 2007 edition, 30-17. On the contrary, when Army wins in Saratoga, they win big. Army’s first two victories (Princeton, 2005; Mansfield 2009) were with a combined score of 119-0.
Fourth-year head coach Lt. Col. Mark West, who guided Army to a 5-2 record in 2011, will look to lead the Black Knight squad which returns the majority of its offensive threats from a season ago. Along with Sustaita, West welcomes back a strong and deep wide receiving corps in senior Cody Nyp and junior Tom Jeffers, as well as proven running threat senior Marquis Morris.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Black Knights return three of their top-four tacklers from a season ago in Noah Currie, Jake Steckler and Rob Reckner. Army’s secondary, which was anchored by then-senior JP Cooper who snagged four interceptions in 2011, will have some fresh faces to defend the deep threats.
Following Saturday’s game against Post, Army will travel to Mansfield on Sept. 29 to continue its CSFL schedule. Kickoff in Mansfield, Pa., is set for 1 p.m.
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