In the 121st Meeting, Army Makes a Statement

The storied matchup between 8-2 Army and the 3-7 Navy Midshipmen took place on a dark, overcast, and foggy afternoon at Michie Stadium at the West Point Academy. Army makes a statement in the fog.

The pregame presentation upstaged the game with a Military flyby and tremendous pomp and circumstance.

The only game that witnesses every player on the field willing to give their life for everyone watching was a battle of inept Navy defense and a swarming Army defense. When these two teams meet up, the ground game is paramount. With the poor conditions, this one would follow the script. Ad

Navy would throw the ball all of seven times with the Knights countering with a grand total of one. Tyhier Tyler was the offensive star for Army with his 96 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on his 26 rushes. Tyler completed his line passing for 28 yards.

The Army defense was the catalyst in this with a huge goal line stop to keep it scoreless. Quinn Materzi banged a 40 yard field goal as part of his seven point affair.

How defensive was this one? Army amassed only 162 total yards while limiting the Middies to a measly 117. How inept was Navy? They called for a double reverse that was tackled in the end zone to make it 12-0.

Army has now been victorious in the last four matchups after losing 14 straight. The Knights challenge Air Force for the Commander in Chief Trophy next week.

Whistles: The fog got so bad that coaches from both teams were forced to leave the press box and go to the sidelines. The shutout marked the first Army shutout over Navy since 1969. In their 117 yards, Navy only garnered 4 first downs. The contest marked only the seventh time the teams played on one or the other’s home field.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.