Annapolis, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed for three touchdowns to lead Navy to a 28-10 win over Air Force Saturday at Navy Memorial Stadium.
Reynolds rushed for 126 yards on 28 carries and completed six of 10 passes for 54 yards as the Midshipmen improved to 3-1, boosting their chances to win the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy for a third straight time.
The game almost did not materialize because of the US government shutdown but Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk gave the go-signal because no government-appropriated funding will be used for it.
Demond Brown scored on a 38-yard touchdown run while Matt Aiken led the receiving corps after catching a 17-yard pass from Reynolds.
The Midshipmen relied heavily on their ground game, garnering 273 yards on 51 rushing attempts while their defense forced three turnovers – two interceptions and a fumble.
Karson Roberts hit six of 14 passes for 67 yards while Nate Romine completed one of two passes for 15 yards for the Falcons, who dropped to 1-5 (0-4 MWC).
Broam Hart led the Falcons offense with 67 yards on 18 carries while Anthony Lacoste rushed five times for 36 yards and a touchdown.
After a lackluster play in the first half, the Midshipmen finally came to life in the second half when Brown completed a 38-yard scoring run for a 14-10 lead.
Reynolds took over in the fourth as he rushed for a two-yard touchdown for a 21-10 lead. He then added a 10-yard run with 4:37 left in the game to seal the victory.