Black Knights Push Past Princeton, Remain Unbeaten

Mitch Wear

Mitch Wear

Oct. 18, 2013

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Final Stats

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army sprint football team forced four turnovers on its way to a 57-0 win over Princeton in a Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) contest on Friday evening at Shea Stadium. With the victory, the Black Knights improve to 6-0 overall and 6-0 in the league, while the Tigers drop to 0-6 and 0-6.

Freshman quarterback Mitch Wear completed 10-of-14 passes for 125 yards while tossing his first two touchdowns for Army, and sophomore quarterback Sean McGivney had 34 yards and his first-career touchdown on 3-of-4 passing. Freshman running back Nick Brickous carried the ball seven times for 45 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore back Ryan Hinkley crossed the goal line for the first time in his career on a three-yard run. Sophomore wide receiver Austin Roehl caught six passes for 84 yards while hauling in the first touchdown of his career, and junior receiver Fernando Weiner and sophomore wide out Othie Freeny each had the first touchdown catches of their respective careers.

On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore defensive back Kalaukoa Labonta returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown, and sophomore Christian Considine and freshman Erik Mullins also came away with interceptions. Junior linebacker Scott Steggerda led the team with four tackles, while senior defensive end Joe Williams blocked a punt.

For Princeton, freshman quarterback Chad Cowden threw for 115 yards on 11 completions, while junior wide out Chris McCord had four receptions for a team-high 56 yards. Senior tight end John Wolfe caught five passes for 54 yards. Four players posted three tackles, including freshman defensive lineman Haydn Melia, who notched one stop for a loss. Junior linebacker Bob Dougherty forced a fumble while making a pair of stops.

Army got on the board early when freshman running back Marqus Burrell scampered three yards for a score just 1:28 into the opening quarter. Williams' blocked punt on Princeton's first drive was recovered in the end zone by junior defensive lineman Tyler Peterson 3:32 later to put the hosts ahead, 14-0. Labonta's interception return for a touchdown with 8:06 left in the quarter made the score 20-0, as the Black Knights were unable to knock home the extra point.

Army scored twice more in the second quarter before crossing the goal line once in the third frame to seize a 41-0 lead heading into the fourth. Freeny scored on a nine-yard reception 57 ticks into the fourth quarter before the Army defense forced a sack in the Tiger end zone that resulted in a safety. McGivney and Roehl hooked up for a 26-yard score with 4:18 left to play.

The Black Knights are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 26, when they host Navy in their season finale for a game that will likely decide the CSFL title. The Star Game is slated for 2 p.m.

Game Notes: Army improves to 55-3-2 all-time versus Princeton ... the Black Knights open the season 6-0 for the second year in a row, improving their current win streak to 13 games ... junior Fernando Weiner, sophomores Othie Freeny, Ryan Hinkley, Kalaukoa Labonta, Sean McGivney and Austin Roehl, and freshman Mitch Wear all scored their first-career touchdowns.

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