Oct. 17, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army sprint football will look to remain undefeated on Saturday when winless Princeton comes to West Point for the Black Knights’ 2012 home finale. Army shows a 5-0 record, including 4-0 against College Sprint Football League foes, while the Tigers are 0-5 and 0-4 in the CSFL. The Black Knights will recognize its 17-man senior class prior to the 1 p.m. kickoff.
Last Time Out
Senior QB Javier Sustaita passed for a career-high 414 yards while RB Marquis Morris collected his second-straight 100-yard rushing performance in a 35-7 victory at Penn on Saturday night. Morris found paydirt a career-best three times, while junior WR Tom Jeffers, the reigning CSFL Offensive Player of the Week, amassed 204 all-purpose yards. The Black Knight defense was anchored by senior co-captain Rob Reckner, who totaled a team-best nine tackles. Junior Patrick Franco had another standout night against the opposing quarterback, racking up three sacks to make his total 5.5 sacks over the past two games.
The Tigers hosted future CSFL member Franklin Pierce last Friday and suffered a 21-14 setback. Princeton totaled 274 yards of offense to the Ravens’ 241, but three costly interceptions and a paltry 27-percent conversion rate on third downs hamstrung the Tigers. Joseph Bush threw for 100 yards, while Sean Conrad gained 83 yards rushing.
The All-Time Series
Army and Princeton have met 58 times since 1957 with the Black Knights boasting a 53-3-2 advantage, including a 2,048-446 all-time scoring lead. Army is 27-0-1 against the Tigers at home, 20-3-0 in Princeton, and 5-0-1 at neutral-site contests. The Black Knights have shut out the Tigers in three of the last four meetings, including a 55-0 blanking in 2010’s showdown at West Point. The Tigers have not defeated the Black Knights since 1979.
Princeton enters Saturday’s contest with a 45-game losing streak. The Tigers last won Oct. 29, 2005, at VMI. Their last victory against a CSFL opponent came in 1999. This season’s squad has a different look than years past, however. With the exception of the Navy game, Princeton has lost by an average of just six points per game, including a three-point overtime setback to Post on Oct. 5.
Army stands atop the CSFL standings along with undefeated Navy (4-0). Individually, Marquis Morris is the top running back with 486 total yards and five touchdowns, Javier Sustaita leads all QBs with 1705 yards and 19 TDs (nearly one-and-a-half times the two quarterbacks ranked below him combined), and Tom Jeffers, Cody Nyp and John Herina own the top three yardage and TD totals for wide outs in the CSFL. The Black Knights’ offense averages over 200 yards more per game than the second-ranked offense (Cornell). Princeton’s Chris Cadman leads the league in tackles with 56.
Army will honor its 17-man senior class prior to kickoff on Saturday afternoon. The class of 2013 has combined for 12 All-CSFL certificates and seven player of the week citations, while 13 were on the roster when the Black Knights received their rings for capturing the 2010 CSFL title.
The Black Knights will enjoy a bye week before their season finale at Navy on Nov. 2. Still remaining on the Midshipmen’s schedule are Mansfield (home, Oct. 19) and Penn (away, Oct. 26). Should Navy win both games and Army defeats Princeton, the Star Game will determine the CSFL Champion for the fourth consecutive year. The Midshipmen captured last season’s crown with a 28-6 win at West Point, while the Black Knights won in Annapolis in 2010 by a score of 32-30. Navy won the 2009 defensive battle, 7-6.