Army 55, Princeton 0 - Stats
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army sprint football was running on all cylinders Friday night at Shea Stadium, cruising to a 55-0 victory over CSFL rival Princeton. The Black Knights boasted 521 yards of total offense to improve to 3-1 (2-1 CSFL), while the Tigers were limited to 10 total yards, dropping to 0-5 (0-5 CSFL).
Army kept the ball predominantly on the ground, rushing 55 times for 303 yards. The Black Knights opened the contest with seven consecutive rushes, capped off by a nine-yard touchdown sprint by junior Mike Meier.
After senior Eric Shirley nabbed Army's first of two interceptions on Princeton's ensuing possession, the Black Knights rushed eight more times, including six touches by sophomore Marquis Morris. Morris topped off Army's second drive with a two-yard touchdown run.
Senior Bryan Girouard halted the Tiger's drive once again with an interception, giving Army the ball back to finish the first quarter. Sophomore Kevin Scruggs put Princeton's turnover to good use, converting on a 30-yard field goal attempt as the Black Knights went up 17-0.
Scruggs was 7-for-7 in point-after attempts and 2-for-2 in field goal tries on the night.
After senior Carlos Cook recovered a fumble by Princeton quarterback Jaison Zachariah on their own one-yard line, sophomore quarterback Tim Meier found freshman Tom Jeffers in the end zone with five minutes remaining in the first half. Another Scruggs field goal would put the Black Knights up 27-0 at the half.
Sophomore Javier Sustaita replaced Meier at quarterback for the second half, finding Cody Nyp for a 34-yard touchdown pass on Army's first possession of the second half.
After another Princeton three-and-out, freshman Dylan Doty ran nine yards for a touchdown, which was negated by an offensive holding penalty. Doty would get another shot at the end zone with just under five seconds remaining in the third, rushing in a score on a seven-yard rush.
With Army up 48-0 going into the fourth quarter, Princeton still had yet to earn a first down or complete a pass. The Tigers would earn their first of two first downs in the game due to a mistake by sophomore Mario Turi, who got whistled for a pass interference penalty on a third-and-nine on Princeton's own 37-yard line. Princeton wouldn't earn a first down on their own accord until the 3:45 mark in the fourth quarter, when Zach Sobel rushed for 15 yards.
Freshman Cameron Ayala would put the final points on the board for the Black Knights, rushing in a 38-yard TD late in the fourth quarter, putting Army up 55-0.
Junior Mike Meier rushed for 103 yards on 13 touches, while Sustaita passed for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Seniors Carlos Cook and Bryan Girouard anchored Army's defense, recording 10 tackles apiece while not allowing a Princeton pass to be completed all game.
The Black Knights return to action on Oct. 29 at CSFL foe Penn. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.