ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy sprint football team (1-0) will host rival Army (1-0) on Friday evening at 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. in the annual Star Game, which is part of the overall Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA. The game will be broadcast on EPSN+ with Scott Wykoff of the Navy Radio Network on the call.
Navy holds the all-time series record, 46-38-1 (.547). The Midshipmen are 19-16 (.543) against the Black Knights in Annapolis.
Last season, the Midshipmen topped the Black Knights twice during the season. Navy won the annual Star Game with a 14-6 victory in West Point on Oct. 2. The two teams won their respective divisions and met again in the CSFL Championship. The Mids edged the Black Knights, 9-7, in the title game in a defensive battle.
During the 2021-22 academic year, Navy finished with 20-4 (.833) in the Star Series, marking the most wins in the history of the Army-Navy series. The Midshipmen went 27-9 (.750) overall for the most wins in the history of the series. Every Navy team that played Army beat the Black Knights at least once.
Head Coach Major Alfonso Meidus, USMC
The Midshipmen are entering its second season under Major Alfonso Meidus, USMC, who boasts an 8-0 overall record, including an 4-0 mark in the CSFL South Division. The Mids won the CSFL Championship last season, edging Army, 9-7. Meidus, who graduated from the Naval Academy in 2009, was a four-year member of the Navy sprint football team. During his time with the team, he was undefeated against Army, 8-0. He is 2-0 as a head coach against the Black Knights for an overall record of 10-0.
2022 Team Captains
Navy sprint football head coach Major Alfonso Meidus, USMC announced that seniors Jordan Richard (Marietta, Ga.) and Alex Totta (Kansas City, Kan.) will be team captains for the 2022 campaign. Richard will serve as the defensive captain, while Totta will captain the offense.
Sprint Football Tradition
The Navy sprint football team has 38 Collegiate Sprint Football League championships (31 outright) in the program’s 76-year history – the most among any school in league history. The team boasts an all-time winning percentage of .833 with an all-time record of 387-74-9, including an 15-1 (.938) mark in CSFL South Division play (divisions started in 2017).
Last Time vs. Army – CSFL Championship (Nov. 13, 2021):
MANSFIELD, Pa. – The Navy sprint football team (8-0) completed its undefeated season with a 9-7 victory over Army (6-2) to claim the 2021 CSFL Championship on Saturday afternoon at Mansfield University’s Karl Van Norman Field in Mansfield, Pa. As it did throughout the year, the Midshipmen relied on their defense, holding the Black Knights to seven points, while recording three interceptions and recovering a pair of fumbles.
The win gave Navy its 38th conference championship and 31st outright title. It was the first CSFL Championship for the Midshipmen since 2018 when Navy defeated Army, 24-10, in Hillburn, NY The Mids closed out the season a perfect 8-0, including a 3-0 mark in the South Division. It is the 26th time that Navy has gone unbeaten during the season, and the first time since 2014.
The victory is the second of the season for the Midshipmen against the Black Knights, as Navy posted a 14-6 win in West Point to earn the 2021 Star in October.
Defensively, Navy held Army to 201 total yards of offense. The Black Knights registered 122 yards passing, but the Midshipmen picked off three passes, including one in the red zone. The Mids held West Point to 79 yards on the ground. The defense registered 9.0 tackles for loss with 3.0 sacks with eight pass break ups.
Individually, the Midshipmen were led by Adam Weissenfels (Richland, Wash.). The senior defensive back picked off a pair of Black Knight passes, while adding 11 tackles and three pass break ups.
Devyn Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) added 10 stops on the day, including 3.0 tackles for loss with 1.5 sacks. Dante Carrasco (Germantown, Tenn.) added an interception, which he returned for 16 yards to help set up Navy’s first-quarter field goal. Senior defensive captain Mike Garnett (Dallas, Texas) finished the day with eight tackles, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, and a pass break up.
Offensively, the Mids finished the defensive battle with 232 total yards. The Midshipmen rushed for 188 yards with 44 yards through the air.
Senior offensive captain Matthew McGee (Port Charlotte, Fla.) led the ground attack for the Mids, closing the game with 129 rushing yards with Navy’s only touchdown. Trailing 7-3, McGee broke through the Army defense for 44 yards and the TD to give Navy the lead. Alex Totta (Kansas City, Kan.) chipped in 44 yards on the ground on 13 attempts.
William Leong (Irvine, Calif.) finished the game 7-for-14 for 44 yards and an interception. Jake Smith (Union, Ky.) led the team with three receptions for 31 yards, while Marco Pezzini (Salinas, Calif.) added a pair of receptions for 13 yards.
Kicker Mychal Golden (Jonesboro, Ark.) was true on his only field goal attempt, converting a 32-yard attempt to give Navy a 3-0 advantage early.