There were two blowouts this weekend in Service Academy football and two very happy home teams on Saturday night.
Army absolutely smoke checked visiting FCS opponent Abilene Christian. Navy traveled to Colorado Springs to face Air Force in the first of three bouts for the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy this year, with the Falcons winning handily in a blowout no one could have reasonably predicted.
There’s lots of praise to go around for both the Falcons and the Black Knights in their lopsided victories, and we had many stars to choose from this week so let’s look at some honorable mentions:
- How about that Air Force defense? The Falcons had literally one returning starter after losing most of last year’s team to graduation or turnbacks. That didn’t stop them from stopping the Mids. The Falcons held Navy to 241 total yards, including just 90 on the ground. I didn’t even bother to dig into the last time Navy was held to so few yards in the run-game because it is a safe bet that was a very long time ago. Navy was also held to just seven points all game. It was an impressive performance anyway you slice it. Even if you are pained to admit as much.
- Army’s freshman running back Tyrell Robinson averaged more than 18 yards per-carry on his way to a 126-yard afternoon — nearly doubling his career total in one contest.
- Hats off to Air Force quarterback Haaziq Daniels who racked up 96 rushing yards and a score on the ground. He also had another 41 yards through the air while leading the option offense to 410 total yards and the win.
5. You can’t forget a kicker who was perfect. Teyve Schuettpelz-Rohl was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts — including a long 48-yarder — while also connecting on 3-of-3 PAT’s. Hats off to him and his right leg.
As you can see, there was a lot to be excited about for Army and Air Force this weekend, but there can only be one C.I.C. MVP of the Week. This week, there was a clear front runner in Army sophomore quarterback Jemel Jones. Runs like this are just one of the reason’s why Jones takes home this week’s honors from this here blog:
Jones racked up 138 yards on the ground, averaging just shy of 10 yards per-carry. He also tacked on two rushing scores. He added another 52 yards through the air and a passing touchdown for good measure. Army racked up nearly 500 yards of total offense on the day with Jones under center for much of Army’s option attack. Arguably even more impressive is Jones achieved this after entering the game cold. Starter Christian Anderson went down with an injury in the second quarter, but the Black Knights didn’t miss a beat with Jones calling the shots.
Army hosts another FCS opponent when The Citadel comes to Michie Stadium next weekend. You should expect Army to ride this bounce back wave of momentum to another win, regardless of who the starting quarterback is next weekend. Army fans should also rest easy knowing they’ve got some youth and depth on the bench they can rely on.
2020 C.I.C. MVP’s for Against All Enemies
- Week One: Cedrick Cunningham Jr., Army
- Week Two: Jakobi Buchanan, Army
- Week Three: Dalen Morris, Navy
- Week Four: Jabari Moore, Army
- Week Five: Jemel Jones, Army