Navy/Army First Media Interest

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The first drops of blood have hit the water and the Army/Navy Navy/Army game though still 2 weeks away is getting nibbles from the media.

Navy has won eleven in a row against Army, but narrowly escaped with a 17-13 victory last season. Black Knights Coach Rich Ellerson is hoping his team will end Navy’s recent dominance, but also has great respect for the game and it’s players.
“It’s a moment in the world of college football where everybody can reflect on who these young men and women are,” Ellerson said. “There’s that fundamental respect the institutions have for one another. While we’re fierce rivals, we also share some commonalities. One of those is a passion for the game.”

Hold on a minute.... WHAT streak

The Black Knights (3-8) also have been practicing amid published reports regarding Ellerson’s job security. Ellerson has a 20-40 record in five years at West Point, with three seasons of three victories or less, and Army Athletic Director Boo Corrigan has said Ellerson’s status will be evaluated after the Army-Navy game.

Rich Ellerson needs this win badly; you have to think if that 11 game losing streak to Navy turns into 12 Ellerson will be gone by the New Year.









I'm pretty sure there will be more spotlight pieces on the rivalry, the game, and its participants. Until then

Navy/Army game notes are up (.pdf)




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Army 3-8

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Another game that Army really could have won. Winless Hawaii seemed to move the ball effortlessly and scored early and often to play an early advantage into a good win for the Warriors.

Army got out to a slow start giving up the ball and then a quick score. Down 14-0 the first play that kept reeling Army in the game was a Chris Carnegie interception into the end zone.

We finally got to see why the coaches played quarterback roulette all season.... we've seen both QB's play hot and play cold. Saturday night was AJ Schurr's turn to play hot and he rallied the team to tie the score at 28 with 6:17 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Army battled back again and again, tying the score in the 3rd and pulling within 7 twice in the 4th, but in the end time ran out on Army's escape act, the clock struck zero and Army lost to a previously winless Hawaii team.

Watching the game I couldn't help but dwell on the fact that Hawaii hadn't won a game yet. They handled Army very well blowing up plays for the entire first half. Hawaii outrushed Army 285-254 and the game's leading rusher was Joey Iosefa carrying for 154 yards and a TD on 28 touches.

I hate to bring it up because Army is starving for stability.... but you have to question the coaching staff at this point of the season. There is one game to save it all... must win game in 2 weeks for Coach E.


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