Navy torpedoes Army in rivalry flag football game

PJason Meyer (left) and Derron Bennett (far right) of Navy stop Army wide receiver Sam Sutton at Fort Meade's Army-Navy Flag Football Game on Nov. 8, 2016, at Mullins Field. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

After a two-year losing streak, Navy walked off Mullins Field with a 25-8 victory Tuesday night at Fort Meade’s 17th annual Army-Navy Flag Football Game.

“The team was fantastic,” said Navy’s head coach, Petty Officer 2nd Class D.J. Wright. “The execution on field was flawless.”

Navy won the coin toss conducted by Garrison Commander Col. Tom Rickard before kickoff.

Navy started on defense and immediately put pressure on Army, which fumbled most of its passes.

Army failed to move the ball up the field, handing it over to Navy. Immediately, Navy put points on the board.

Navy quarterback Joel Ward passed to wide receiver Russ Newborn, who ran into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game with 11 minutes on the clock.

Navy didn’t let the score get in the way of its defense. The team pressed Army at its 20-yard line, but Army quarterback Armond Veazie was able to move the team up the field.

Navy linebacker Alex Trotter broke the Army offense with an interception. He ran the ball 60 yards to bring Navy back into its 20-yard mark.

With four minutes and 30 seconds left on the clock, wide receiver Joshua Moody caught a pass and ran it into the end zone.

Determined to score points before the half, Army quickly moved the ball down the field. Wide receiver Sam Sutton scored the only touchdown for the team.

The half-time score was 17-8 Navy.

In the second half, Ward found an opening to wide receiver John Tully for Navy’s third touchdown of the night.

Navy passed and ran the ball in for the 2-point conversion. The ball bounced off one teammate into the hands of another — offensive lineman John Heer — to ensure a Navy victory.

Army never rebounded.

But for Mark Williams, the camaraderie took precedence over his team’s defeat.

This was Williams’ first year representing Army on the field and he was pleased with how the team played.

“We just want to have fun,” he said. “That’s what matters in the end.”

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