Sprint Football Defends CSFL Title With 17-7 Win Over Navy

James Wartski

James Wartski

Oct. 26, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army sprint football team topped service-academy rival Navy, 17-7, to grab its second consecutive Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) title on Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The Black Knights finish a perfect 7-0 overall for the second year in a row while racking up seven CSFL victories. The Midshipmen drop to 5-1 and 5-1 after the defeat.

Junior quarterback James Wartski threw for 240 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for a season-best 78 yards on 14 carries for Army. Freshman back Marqus Burrell ran 16 times for 25 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore wide out Tucker Van Dyke caught six passes for 71 yards and a score. Sophomore receiver Kevin O'Brien paced the Black Knights with 76 receiving yards, while junior Zachary Woods totaled 55 receiving yards.

Sophomore linebacker Ryan Gallagher made 10 stops for the Army defense, while senior Dylan Doty contributed six tackles and three sacks. Senior defensive end Thomas White and sophomore defensive back Kalaukoa Labonta each added an interception.

For Navy, sophomore running back Corey Garcia rushed for 64 yards on 27 carries while scoring once, and junior William Hampton completed a pair of passes for 14 yards. Senior linebacker Matthew Piotrowicz led the Midshipmen defense with 11 tackles, including two for losses.

Army forced three-and-outs on the first three Navy possessions before Wartski and Van Dyke hooked up for a 20-yard touchdown with 3:39 remaining in the opening quarter. Sophomore kicker Warren Kay knocked in the extra point to give the hosts a 7-0 lead. After both teams went three-and-out on their next respective drives, the Midshipmen picked up their initial first down thanks to a Black Knight penalty. The visitors were eventually forced to punt, giving the ball back to Army 1:17 into the second quarter. Kay added a 19-yard field goal 3:56 later to make the score 10-0. Navy failed to pick up a first down on its ensuing possession, while the hosts capped an 84-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run by Burrell with five minutes left in the first half. After adding the extra point, Army moved in front, 17-0, with neither team able to score in the remainder of the second quarter.

Garcia ran for a three-yard score on Navy's second possession of the third quarter to make it 17-7 with 8:57 left in the frame. The Black Knights couldn't answer despite three more series' in the third, as the score remained 17-7 entering the fourth quarter. Army all but sealed the game during its third drive of the fourth quarter, when Wartski completed an 18-yard first-down pass to Woods with over four minutes left in the game. The Midshipmen picked up just seven yards during an eight-play drive in an attempt to climb back into the game, as the Army defense prevented the visitors from leaving their half of the field.

Game Notes: Army finishes 7-0 for the second year in a row ... the Black Knights win their second-straight CSFL title (33rd overall).

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