While it wasn’t the prettiest victory the now, (8-2), Black Knights pulled off their 12th-consecutive win at home in Michie Stadium, against the Lafayette Leopards (3-7).
A lackadaisical first half for Army meant more penalties that we’ve seen by the Black Knights all season. Cam Thomas saw a stint of play in the first quarter before fumbling the ball. Calen Holt secured the recovery and Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was back on the field.
Two false starts for the Army’s first drive and a forced 25-yard FG by John Abercrombie left Army - 3 and Lafayette - 0 by the end of the first.
A 35-yard play action pass by Kelvin Hopkins Jr. to Glen Coates situated Army in the red zone early in the second quarter. Darnell Woolfolk capitalized off the set up with a short TD run, making it his 33rd of his career.
Elijah Riley forced Lafayette to make a 43-yard punt and Cam Thomas runs the ball for 24 yards before Christian Hayes made an illegal tackle setting the Black Knights back 10 yards, another unnecessary penalty for Army. The Black Knights closed out a questionable first half with 17 points after Calen Holt made an 8-yard TD, his third of the season.
Coming into the second half, the Black Knights tightened up their offense and turned things around when Andy Davidson blocked the Leopard’s punt head on, literally. Darnell Woolfolk widened the gap with a 1-yard TD, Army - 24 and Lafayette - 6.
The Black Knights saw yet another penalty in the third quarter for an illegal formation setting them back 5 yards. Hopkins saw his first incomplete pass of this game after an attempt to Calen Holt, failed to get Army in their comfort zone. Hopkins made another attempt with a short TD run into the end zone closing out the score, Army - 31, Lafayette - 6 going into the fourth.
Even with their mistakes, the Black Knights were able to keep Lafayette at bay. The Leopards were able to scamper for a TD in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough for the bowl-eligible Black Knights. Army managed their sixth straight win of the season with 313 rushing yards and making 12/13 of their third down conversions.