Saturday, December 14, 2013

The 114th Army Navy Football Game

PHILADELPHIA - Football and the military. There really is not a pair of things in this world more American than that. Army versus Navy, part 114. America's game is what they call it. Navy took the game 34-7, making quick work of Army. Army has now dropped the last dozen match-ups.

Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds led the Midshipmen through the Philadelphia snow and ice and rain to victory throwing for 10 yards on 2 for 7 through the air but an MVP-worthy 136 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. His three rushing touchdowns gave him 29 on the season, the most rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback in NCAA history.

An unsung story of the game was Navy's brilliance on the defensive side of the ball. The Midshipmen held Army to a paltry 207 yards on offense. Army gained only 157 yards on the ground on 45 attempts. Navy was able to force three turnovers and countless fumbles that Army recovered, but ultimately there was no sign of a pulse on the Black Knights' side.

The beauty of the annual Army Navy game is the tradition behind it. It's like a precursor to the bowl season. It's the last game of the season put deservedly on the big stage by CBS, no matter how good or bad the teams are in a given season. It's America's game with traditions and flyovers and respectful rivalry.

It is tough to do such a tradition justice with words, so here are some photos that I took while covering the game.


Kevin Rossi is a junior Drexel Sport Management major with minors in Communications and Business Administration. Since joining the SMTSU, Kevin has worked his way up the ladder to President. Currently, Kevin is also the Drexel editor for Kevin recently finished his second co-op with Temple University in their Athletic Communications office. Follow Kevin on Twitter @kevin_rossi.

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