Story by William Selby, Defense Media Activity
On Dec. 14, the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen met in Philadelphia, at a snowy Lincoln Financial Field, during the latest chapter of one of the oldest and most passionate rivalry’s in all of sports. This is the 114th meeting between the two service academies.
For the twelfth consecutive year the Midshipmen came out on top 34-7, thanks to a record setting performance by quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Reynolds rushed for three touchdowns, pushing his total to 29 for the year and breaking the NCAA record of 27. He also broke the Naval Academy football record for points scored in a season with 176.
The Black Knights needed a nearly flawless game in order to get a victory, but unfortunately they were far from perfect, turning the ball over six times.
“You turn the ball over against a good football team, you give up big plays on defense, you take some big hits in the penalty game against a good football team, don’t be surprised if the score gets upside down,” Army coach Rich Ellerson said.
This year there was less on the line as Navy had already secured the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, awarded to each season’s winner of the American college football triangular series among the teams of the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy and the United States Air Force Academy.
While the teams and their respected fan base’s do display a passion to beat one another, their is never a lack of respect. They know they are playing a game now, but in a few short years they could be together, brothers-in-arms, serving this great nation and that’s what makes this game so special.
With the win, the Midshipmen up their season record to 8-4 and will now move on to face Middle Tennessee in the Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas.