Oct. 25, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
After winning its first six games and running its overall winning streak to 13, the Army sprint football team will face Navy in a battle of unbeatens on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Shea Stadium. The 2 p.m. contest will decide not only the winner of the annual "Star," but will also determine the champion of the Collegiate Sprint Football League.
The game will be video streamed live on Knight Vision, the Black Knights' subscription-based multimedia platform available through Army's official website (www.goARMYsports.com). Live stats will also be available through GameTracker, and in-game Twitter updates will be offered via the sprint football team's official handle (@ArmySprintFB).
The Last Meeting
November 4, 2011
West Point, N.Y.
Sprint Football Drops CSFL Title Game to Navy, 28-6
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.
Army (6-0, 6-0 CSFL) defeated Navy, 21-18, in Annapolis last season to earn its 32nd CSFL title, and will be looking to pick up back-to-back wins against its service-academy rival for the first time since winning four straight from 1999 to 2001. Saturday marks Army's season finale, while Navy is in action next week to make up a postponement against Penn.
Junior quarterback James Wartski has thrown for a CSFL-best 1,229 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Black Knights while tossing just one interception. Freshman running back Marqus Burrell ranks fifth in the league with 325 yards on 72 carries while rushing for six scores, and sophomore back Jesse Shackelford has run 53 times for 217 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore wide out Tucker Van Dyke leads Army with 20 catches and 309 yards, while freshman receiver Lane Holmes has 13 receptions for 265 yards. Holmes and Van Dyke each have a pair of touchdowns.
Senior defensive lineman Dylan Doty has totaled a team-high 38 tackles and 10 sacks, and classmate Jake Steckler has 30 stops and a pair of sacks. Sophomore defensive back Kalaukoa Labonta and senior defensive back John Egan are tied for second in the CSFL with three interceptions, and have 16 and 12 tackles, respectively.
Navy (5-0, 5-0) is led offensively by junior quarterback William Hampton, who has thrown for 445 yards while collecting seven touchdowns and five interceptions, and sophomore running back Corey Garcia stands fourth in the conference with 383 yards while rushing for three touchdowns. Sophomore back Eric Wellmon has 281 yards on the ground with three touchdowns, and senior receiver Michael Buck has caught five passes for 109 yards and a score. Defensive leaders for the Midshipmen include senior linebacker Matthew Piotrowicz (32 tackles, one sack) and junior lineman Christopher Mershon (27 tackles, 6.5 sacks).
Saturday's game will mark the 74th meeting between Army and Navy, with the Midshipmen owning a 40-32-1 lead in the all-time series. The Black Knights are 15-13-1 against Navy in games at West Point, and will look for their first home win versus the Midshipmen since 2003.