65th Reunion - Annapolis- 24-27 April 2019

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NAVY FOOTBALL No. 12. Observations from an Olde Poolie.

November 28, 2009. Hawaii 24 Navy 17. Navy could not get it’s offense going in the first quarter. Recovered a Hawaii fumble and still punted four times in the quarter. They only made one first down in the quarter. Initially they stopped the Warriors, but a 90 yard drive featuring three long passes resulted in a TD and a 7 - 0 lead for Hawaii. On their next possession the Midshipmen got a good kick-0ff return to the 37. On the third play from scrimmage Dobbs bust through a good hole and raced 53 yards for a TD. Hawaii 7 Navy 7 as the quarter ended.

Hawaii started the second quarter with a good drive that ended with a 30 yard FG. Hawaii 10 Navy 7. The Midshipmen answered with a 55 yard drive and a Buckley 28 yard FG to tie the game 10 - 10 with five minutes left in the half. Navy forced a punt got the ball on the 48. Six plays later FB Murray went off the right side for 18 yards and a TD. Navy 17 Hawaii 10. A 55 yard kick-off return gave the Warriors the ball at Navy’s 45 with 57 seconds left on the clock. Hawaii completed 5 - 7 passes to score with 6 seconds left. Hawaii 17 Navy 17.

Navy had poor field positions in the third quarter and eventually Hawaii - using short passes from their shoot and run offense - covered 83 yards and a TD in 4:30 minutes to take the lead 24 - 17 with less than a minute left in the quarter. Navy did move the ball in the fourth quarter but two sacks with the clock running out sealed the win for Hawaii - now 6 - 6.

Hawaii had 366 yards passing on 32 of 42 attempts. Navy, after almost no yards in the first quarter, managed 248 yards on the ground and were 5 - 9, 88 yards passing. This was a big disappointment for Coach Niumatalolo who returned to his home state and alma mater. "They did a good job executing. We got a little frazzled out there. We didn‘t execute any of our stuff well." Niumatalolo said. Navy only sacked the passer once. Give Hawaii defense a lot of credit as their linemen penetrated often preventing the Midshipmen from getting in synch.

Next: Army on December 12 at 2:30 from Philadelphia. Under first year coach Rick Ellerson, who installed his own version of option football, Army is 5 - 6. A win over Navy and they would go the Eagle Bank Bowl in the District of Columbia. Navy has already accepted a bid to play in the Texas Bowl in Houston on December 31. This year’s Army - Navy game could be a challenge.

Army’s Record (5 - 6)

Sept. 5 Army 27 @ East Mich. 14

Sept. 12 Duke 35 Army 19

Sept. 19 Army 24 Ball State 17

Sept. 26 @ Iowa State 31 Army 10

Oct. 3 @ Tulane 17 Army 16

Oct. 10 Army 16 Vanderbilt 13 (ot)

Oct. 17 @ Temple 27 Army 13

Oct. 24 @ Rutgers 27 Army 10

Oct. 31

Nov. 7 @ Air Force 35 Army 7

Nov. 14 Army 22 VMI 17

Nov. 21 Army @ 17 North Texas 13

Dec. 12 NAVY 2:30 pm.


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