2017 Army-Navy Game: Recap and Superlatives
Do you want to know how I know that the Earth is a perfectly balanced sphere and not flat? Because the Army Team just beat Navy for the second straight year! The proper order has been restored and the streak has begun. Plus, Buzz Aldrin said it is and you know he can’t lie, cheat, or steal. Army claims the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the first time in 21 years. The Cadets also won at Lincoln Financial Field for the first time in 11 attempts. Do you realize that the Black Knights are 12-3 in their last 15 games, with losses to Ohio State, Tulane, and North Texas? In 2015, the boys lost seven games by less than a touchdown. We have now won seven of our last nine games that were decided by less than seven points. Winning is the standard and the expectation. My Garrison Cap goes off to Boo Corrigan, General Caslen, and Saint Monken for investing in the change.
USMA old grads thought we might just steamroll Navy completely after the first drive that chewed almost seven minutes off the clock ended with a touchdown. Darnell Woolfolk barrelled through the Navy defenders in the Red Zone like a hot cart in the mess hall making it’s way to a Corps Squad table. Then we saw the new squid quarterback (where did he come from) rip off a 68-yard touchdown run and bad memories of Keenan Reynolds started to fill our minds.
Although statistically, Navy looked better, they couldn’t finish drives. They had more total yards and yards per attempt than Army, but only went 2-11 on 3rd down. They just don’t possess that killer instinct that the Army has developed from fighting and winning America’s Wars. The rest of the storylines from the game are covered in the superlatives below.