Another defensive situation, Midshipmen dominate 17-13

The Army and Navy went head to head in chapter 122 of their rivalry on Saturday afternoon.

The weather wasn’t right, but Saturday’s scene at MetLife Stadium certainly was.

After the 2020 battle at West Point due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of college football’s last rivalries is back at a neutral venue.

Amidst the rain and fog, the Black Knights of the Army and the Midshipmen of the Navy took to the stage in East Rutherford. The fans in the stands; officer cadets in uniform, 82,282 in attendance – it’s certainly a beautiful sight to see in Jersey.

Of course, the actual gameplay on the field in this game is not the same as what it plays out in the Big Ten or the SEC.

This is optional football, where mobile and indecisive midfielders encounter collision defenses and the wide midfielders use feathering techniques on the pitch.

Viewers shouldn’t expect great aerial attacks from both well-respected teams – and neither is built.

But that’s one of the reasons why this contest is so special – the options game offers valuable insights into the ground and weight division football. That’s why old-school fans of this incredible sport love the event.

Needless to say, scoring is not supposed to be an important part of this game, that’s why the total bets are so low.

However, the first part of the competition told a different story that some might have predicted.

Army led 10-7 after the opening quarter. The 17-point total surpassed the total from the 2020 edition of the event, which ended with a 15-0 aggregate scoreline in favor of West Point.

The Army’s early scoring was attributed (in part) to a 56-yard touchdown from senior quarterback Christian Anderson. On the other hand, the Navy’s only first-quarter score came from a hasty eight-foot touchdown from quarterback Tai Lavatai.

However, the game slows down after a fast-paced start. The second quarter does not provide the same score-based story as the first quarter.

Five consecutive scoring properties appeared to start the second frame, culminating in a missed 53-yard scoring effort from Navy spotter Bijan Nichols. It will be the longest kick in the history of this rivalry.

The inning wasn’t entirely on point, however – Army restarted its scoring attempt with a goal 32 yards from Cole Talley. This gave the Black Knights a 13-7 lead as they entered the locker room before fireworks, US flags and an incredible display of God bless America light up East Rutherford at the break. Break.

At the start of the second half, it looked like the scoring frenzy of the first half would repeat. The 10-time, 74-yard, nearly six-minute Navy lap was ended with a two-yard touchdown for Lavatai, what his second point of the day was. After additional success points, Navy took the lead (14-13).

But this rivalry’s low scoring tradition won’t die on Saturday, even though head-to-head games start either halves.

The three third-quarter assets after Navy’s second clash all ended in confusion, echoing much of the introduced second-quarter vibe.

Even so, with these two offensive systems, and the fact that running the football is a big part of both shows’ philosophy, you don’t need a monstrous lead to back down somewhat in the game. this. Both the Army and Navy knew it but were ideologically reminded when the Navy extended the lead to 17-13 with a remaining score of 6:10 thanks to Nichols’ 43-yard goal.

The Army needing a post-kick encounter isn’t an ideal situation for the Black Knights, especially since West Point hasn’t passed the plane since its possession opened.

The Army scored just one first goal in the next game before defeating the Midshipmen, but managed to secure a final victory as the defense was forced to win a barrage.

Black Knight’s final offensive started off great with a nine-yard pass and two third downswitching turns later. But after two unsuccessful attempts and one short throw, Army faced a 4th and 3rd shot, of which it failed to convert due to the Navy stuffing Anderson into an optional keeper.

After a few knee-jerks, Navy took its 62nd win in the showdown, extending its lead in the series to 62-53-7.

And so, the 122nd chapter of the Army-Navy Game ended. These two incredible schools and programs that respect each other yet maintain a highly competitive relationship did not disappoint Saturday at MetLife.

It was an incredible event – an honor for anyone to witness.

Follow Ryan Honey on Twitter: @RyanHoneyESNY

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