Match Recap: Sprint Football |
Navy scored early and often, while using solid defense to secure the victory on the road.
HILLBURN, NY – The Navy sprint football team (1-0) claimed a 55-7 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas (0-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Torne Valley Sports Complex in Hillburn, NY. The contenders scored early and often, while using solid defense to come away with the dominant road victory.
“It was a complete team victory today”, head coach Major Alfonso Meidus, USMC declared after the match. “The defense limited St. Thomas Aquinas to seven points; offense has always found ways to score points on the board; and our staff were in sync. We will review the board and make corrections next week, but in overall I’m proud of the way the team played today. “
Offensively, the Midshipmen totaled 549 yards offensive, including 221 yards rushing and 328 yards in the air.
Brandon atwood (Gentry, Ark.) Got the start at quarterback, ending the game 19-27 for 313 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Atwood gave way to Guillaume Leong (Irvine, Calif.) Who went 2-for-2 for 15 yards and a score.
André Margiotta (Vienna, Va.) Led the receiving body with five receptions for 164 yards and a pair of scores. Jake smith (Union, Ky.) Also finished with five receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. Connor Majarucón (Phoenix, Arizona) and Marco pezzini (Salinas, Calif.) Each added afternoon touchdown receptions.
On the pitch, team captain Matthew McGee (Port Charlotte, Fla.) Led the way with 97 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown. Stephen copeland (Ava, Missouri) capitalized on both carries, finishing with 46 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Navy maintained the STAC’s offensive offense to 133 total yards, including just 22 rushing yards. The defense caught a pair of passes and recovered a fumble.
Kicker Golden Mychal (Jonesboro, Ark.) Converted two field goals while scoring seven PAT for 13 points during the day.
The Midshipmen were the first to cross the scoreboard, taking the lead with a 36-yard field goal from Golden in the first quarter. Later in the period, Navy added a touchdown as Atwood found Majarucon to take the lead to 10-0.
The Mids opened the second quarter with an eight-yard touchdown from McGee. Saint-Thomas d’Aquin cut the Navy’s lead with a 16-yard run for a score of 17-7. Navy extended the lead to 17 points as Smith picked up an assist from Atwood for TD. The contenders entered the half with a 24-7 advantage.
Navy received the ball in the second half. In opening practice, Atwood found Margiotta for the first of two touchdowns of the day to take the lead to 31-7. The defense held onto the following STAC player forcing a punt. The contenders wasted no time finding the end zone as Atwood and Margiotta connected again for a killer strike, this time for 56 yards. The Mids continued to score as Leong found Pezzini ahead of the end zone for a touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, Copeland used a 47-yard TD to push the lead to 52-7 and Golden converted a field goal attempt to provide the final margin at 55-7.
The Navy returns to action on Friday, September 24 as the Midshipmen welcome Chestnut Hill to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for a CSFL South Division game. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and live stats will be available throughout the match.