Sept. 22, 2012
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Army sprint football started conference play on a high note Saturday, knocking off Post in its College Sprint Football League opener in Saratoga Springs at the Allegiance Bowl. The Black Knight offense surged in the second half to clinch the 63-28 victory and move to 2-0 overall this season.
Senior co-captain Javier Sustaita was tabbed the game’s Most Valuable Player after passing for 318 yards and four touchdowns without an interception, while running for 27 yards and three scores.
The Black Knight offense, which took a 21-14 lead into halftime after totaling just 89 yards, came out flying in the second half, scoring on three of their first four possessions. Army tacked on 182 yards in the third and 116 in the fourth to end the game with 472 yards on 87 plays.
Post (0-1; 0-1) scored first in the game, early in the first quarter, grabbing its only lead of the game. The Eagles had a hard time finding a rhythm on offense as the Army defense continually got after the quarterback, sacking him three times.
Thomas White was credited with 1.5 sacks, while Noah Currie and Rob Reckner registered eight tackles apiece and also had hands in quarterback takedowns. Currie also forced two fumbles to lead the Army D.
Post scored one touchdown per period, while Army exploded for 42 points in the second half alone. Senior kicker Kevin Scruggs was a perfect 9-for-9 on extra-point attempts, but missed his lone field goal shot, a 39-yard try midway through the first quarter.
Senior running back Marquis Morris tallied a game-high 88 yards on the ground, while Army spread the ball rather evenly amongst wide receivers Tom Jeffers (80 yards), Cody Nyp (80 yards, 1 TD) and John Herina (71 yards, 1 TD). Cody Ross also had a significant impact, making 4 catches, three of which were scores, for 44 yards. Ross had four TDs through Army’s first two games.
Army improves to 3-2 at the Allegiance Bowl, while moving to 2-0 all-time against CSFL foe Post.The Black Knights' 63 points are the most in a game since the 2005 Allegiance Bowl victory over Princeton, when Army registered a 77-0 win.
The Black Knights will stay on the road for the third consecutive game when they travel to Mansfield next Saturday, Sept. 29. Kickoff in Mansfield, Pa., is set for 1 p.m.