Ground Game Powers Sprint Football to Dominating Win




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PRINCETON, N.J. - The Army sprint football team raised its record to 3-0 overall, 1-0 CSFL on Friday night in a dominating win over host Princeton in its first Collegiate Sprint Football League contest. In total, the Black Knights gained 316 yards and scored six touchdowns on 56 rushing attempts in a 57-0 win over the Tigers (0-3, 0-1).

"I thought we played extremely hard," said second-year head coach Mark West. "We looked good in all phases of the game: special teams, offense, and defense." With three wins this season, West has already guided the team to more wins than each of the two previous seasons (2-5) and as many games as the 2006 team (3-3).

Senior captain Ricky Lentz finished the game with 23 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns, the first of which was a one-yard plunge to break open the scoring.  After Army's second safety of the season gave the Black Knights a 9-0 cushion, freshman quarterback Tim Meier got into the act with the first of his two TD passes to put the Black Knights up by 16 at the 9:12 mark of the first period.

Meier threw all four of his completions to different receivers, and had a hand in each of Army's next two tallies, scoring from one yard out on a run, and picking up his second aerial touchdown of the day on a 39-yard connection to Benjamin Johnson. Lentz capped a four play, 33-yard drive with a six-yard scamper at the 1:12 mark of the second quarter to give Army a 37-0 lead at the intermission.

Meier scored on a 57-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, and ended the contest with 75 yards and two TDs on just 13 carries, before freshman running back Marquis Morris added fourth quarter touchdowns on runs of 18 and 21 yards. Morris rushed for 69 yards on six carries.

The Army defense shut down the Tigers from start to finish. The Black Knights held Princeton to just three total yards while making 14 tackles for loss, five sacks, and intercepting five passes.

Army will host Pennsylvania under the lights of Shea Stadium at 7 p.m. next Friday night in another CSFL tilt.   

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