Sept. 26, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army sprint football with play its third consecutive game away from West Point on Saturday when it travels to CSFL foe Mansfield. The Black Knights (2-0, 1-0 CSFL) will look to remain perfect against the fourth-year competitor Mountaineers (1-0, 1-0 CSFL) after a convincing victory against Post a week ago.
LAST TIME OUT
Army opened its CSFL slate at the Allegiance Bowl in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., against second-year foe Post. After a quiet first half of only 89 offensive yards, the Black Knights exploded in the second half for 298 yards and 42 points to grab a decisive 63-28 victory over the Eagles.
SUSTAITA FOR MVP
Senior co-captain Javier Sustaita anchored the Army offense in its conference opener against Post last Saturday. The fourth-year quarterback threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 27 yards and three scores. Sustaita was tabbed the game’s Most Valuable Player for his performance. Through two games this season, the Troy, Texas, native has thrown eight touchdowns and zero interceptions, amassing a 157.13 efficiency rating.
Javier Sustaita (offensive) and Noah Currie (defensive) collected CSFL Player of the Week accolades following Saturday’s empathic win over Post. This week’s awards were the first set that Army was eligible for after not having a game during the first official week of the CSFL slate.
THE MANSFIELD SERIES
Army and Mansfield have met three times dating back to 2009, with the Black Knights winning all three contests in emphatic fashion. In the series debut, Army prevailed 42-0 and followed with a 57-8 win in 2010 and 56-7 decision a season ago.
ABOUT THE MOUNTAINEERS
Mansfield enters Saturday’s game with a 1-0 mark after a 67-yard pick-six in the final two minutes lifted the Mountaineers to a 23-16 victory at Princeton on Sept. 14. The Mountaineers attempted just 14 passes, completing four of them, as the rushing unit was tasked with 39 attempts.
2011 ARMY-MANSFIELD GAME
Army totaled a season-high 253 rushing yards and cruised to a 56-7 victory in its CSFL opener at West Point. Marquis Morris ran for a game-high 71 yards while Javier Sustaita threw for 278 yards and five TDs in the rout.
SHARING THE WEALTH
Army’s ever-potent receiving corps has some new weapons this season as well as some familiar faces. Three Black Knight wide outs are averaging 50 yards or more per game led by junior Tom Jeffers’ gaudy 103-yard average. Seniors John Herina (71 YPG) and Cody Nyp (50 YPG) list second and third, respectively, while senior Cody Ross has snagged a team-high four TD receptions during his first season as a mainstay in the lineup.
GROUND AND POUND
The passing game might be Army’s top threat but the running game isn’t far behind. Senior running back Marquis Morris is averaging a team-best 79 yards per contest, 20 more yards per game than he averaged in 2011. The rushing unit has produced four scores this season, including one by Morris and three by QB Javier Sustaita. Sophomore RB Gabriel Cobb, who was used sparingly in 2011, is off to a quick start in 2012, averaging 38 yards per game and 6.9 yards per carry.
IT’S OKAY TO BE STINGY
The Army defense has been fairly stingy this fall, allowing opponents to accumulate a measly 211 yards of offense per game (compared to Army’s 480 average). Junior Jake Steckler and senior Noah Currie sit atop the Black Knights’ tackle ledger with 17 and 16 apiece, respectively. Currie has also been credited with two forced fumbles, both against Post last weekend. Army has sacked the opposing quarterback six times while the secondary has snagged two interceptions.
Army will play its first true home game of the season when it hosts CSFL foe Cornell on Oct. 5 at West Point’s Shea Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.