After a rather tulmuteous first quarter the Army Black Knights (3-1), ended Saturday afternoon with another victory against the Morgan State Bears (0-3), 52-21.
Army’s 15-straight home win was off to a slow start with repeated false start penalties on the part of Morgan State, six during the first half, they would end the day with 11 total flags during the game.
Army saw its first TD thanks to a 9-yard run by Artice Hobbs IV at just under seven minutes in the first quarter. Morgan answered quickly after a false start with a whopping 69-yard TD run by Menasseh Bailey to level out the game 7-7.
Hobbs propelled Army forward again with an 80-yard TD punt that gave them a 10 point lead.
Coach Monken was seemingly upset on the sideline and whatever he said resulted in some different play-calling going into the second quarter. After a 10-play drive Connor Slomka ended it with a 3-yard TD run. Slomka was on fire all afternoon, finishing with a career-high 110 yards.
On the ground, both teams were near opposite with the Black Knights rushing for a total 403 years in comparison to 48 for the Bears. Through the air, Morgan State faired nicely grabbing 230 total passing yards whereas Army totaled 80.
With Kelvin Hopkins Jr. injured but suited up on the sideline, many wondered how long Coach Monken would utilize secondary quarterback Jabari Laws who appeared in his second career start this afternoon.
Laws had a few hiccups including a fumble recovered by the Bears on the part of Malachi Washington. The starting quarterback was later injured and removed from the game which led to an appearance from yet another Army QB in Christian Anderson.
With two lost fumbles and six total penalties, Army has to solidify their ball security and hope to have a healthy Kelvin Hopkins Jr. on the field before they take on Tulane after a bye week.
It wasn’t the prettiest Army victory but they certainly dominated the second half and will happily take a 3-1 record into the bye week.