Service Academy Update: Air Force Defeats Colorado State, Navy and Army Lose
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Air Force came back from a road loss last week at UNLV to win at home against Colorado State, while both Navy and Army lost disappointing home games this week. Coast Guard and Merchant Marine both won their homecoming games.
At Colorado Springs, 38,562 watched Air Force (2-2) ran for 459 yards winning its second game of the season with a 42-21 home win over Mountain West opponent Colorado State (1-4). Senior running back Cody Getz ran a college career-best 222 yards—the Buford, GA native's fourth straight 100-yard game to start off the season.
Sr. QB Connor Dietz had two touchdown passes the first to Sr. Drew Coleman in the first quarter and to Sophomore tight end Marcus Hendricks in the second as the Falcons went out to 35-14 halftime lead.
Jr. Ty MacArthur had two AFA rushing scores on runs of four yards in the opening quarter and 34 yards in the third this week. Sophomore Jon Lee opened the scoring with a seven-yard run in the first quarter. Sr. Dontae Strickland ran for a 27-yard touchdown.
On defense, Sr. LB Austin Niklas and So. DB Christian Spears were both in on eight tackles. Fr. DL Alexander Hansen had the only AFA sack.
Head coach Troy Calhoun's team went into the game second to Army in rushing and should move ahead with the 459 yards they generated in their ground game. The Falcons bounced back well from their prior week defeat at UNLV and will look forward to the visit of the Naval Academy next Saturday for the first of the Commander-In-Chief competition games.
At Annapolis, Navy (1-3) endured the first shutout in the era of Ken Niumatalolo as the head coach as the Midshipmen were defeated 12-0 by San Jose State (4-1) before 32,375 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.
The only scoring in the game came from the San Jose State freshman kicker Austin Lopez, who lofted four field goals on the day, the longest from 43 yards away. The Navy defense gave up 388 yards to the visitors but no touchdowns. So. Parrish Gaines led Navy with 12 tackles.
Navy struggled on offense, gaining only 144 total yards, with Jr. QB Trey Miller running 14 times for just 28 yards and going 4-of-9 passing the ball for 41 yards before leaving for freshman Keenan Reynolds.
At West Point, Army (0-4) suffered a 23-3 setback to the Stony Brook Seawolves (4-1) of the Football Championship Division before 31,006 at Michie Stadium.
The Black Knights moved the ball consistently on offense, gaining 330 yards, but were hurt by four fumbles lost in the Seawolves' half of the field, two inside the 10-yard line.
Army Sr. QB Trent Steelman ran for 89 yards and threw for 57 yards but lost two fumbles inside the Seawolves' 10. Sr. Ray Maples ran for 81 yards, but missed a pitch out from Steelman early in the second quarter holtign an Army drive at the SBU 34.
On asmall positve for the day, Steelman to set a West Point career rushing record by a quarterback, passing 1988 graduate Tory Crawford, with 2,362 yards.
For Stony Brook, certainly an up and coming program moving to the CAA next year, Sr. RB Miguel Maysonet ran for 220 yards and two touchdowns, including a 49-yard run down the Army right side less than four minutes into the game. Sr. Wesley Skiffington was 3-for-3 on field goals for Stony Brook, who won their first game ever against a Football Bowl Division team.
Stony Brook controlled the ball for 38 minutes and ran an 8:23 drive culminating in a one-yard run by Maysonet to start the second half. So. Geoffrey Bacon led Army with 14 tackles from his linebacker spot.
Army will again seek its first win of the year hosting Boston College from the Atlantic Coast Conference next Saturday at Michie Stadium.
The US Coast Guard Academy (2-2) evened their record with a 59-0 homecoming win over Fitchburg State. Senior WR Pat Meggers set a school-record 211 receiving yards including a 96-yard touchdown catch and run for the Bears.
At Kings Point NY the US Merchant Marine Academy (3-2) defeated RPI 34-31 on homecoming day at Brooks Stadium on Long Island. Quarterback Alex Coviello ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns as the Mariners generated 398 yards of offense.
In other academy games: SUNY Maritime College lost to William Patterson 21-14. Chattanooga defeated the Citadel 28-10. Massachusetts Maritime lost 35-28 in OT at Framingham State.
Ken Kraetzer covers West Point football for WVOX 1460 AM in New Rochelle NY and Sons of the American Legion Radio. His Twitter address is @SAL50NYRadio
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