Army Beats Navy, Ends Mids’ Streak


Army RB Kell Walker heads upfield on Saturday (Photo / Bill Bride/Icon Sportswire)

Baltimore – The Army Black Knights beat the Navy Midshipmen 21-17 on Saturday at the city’s M&T Bank Stadium. It was the first time that West Point topped Navy in the annual matchup since 2001, and the victory ended a 14-game slide by the Cadets in the series.

The Mids had sophomore quarterback Zach Abey making his first-ever start after losing starter Will Worth to injury in the AAC championship against Temple. Worth was a week one replacement for starter Tago Smith, who also went down to injury, and ran for 25 touchdowns in 2016 before sustaining a broken foot in the loss to the Owls.

Army moved out to a 14-0 halftime lead on two rushing touchdowns from running back Andy Davidson. The Mids then put up 17 unanswered points before Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw scored the game-winner with six minutes to play in the fourth.

Both Army (7-5) and Navy (9-4) received bowl game bids, with the Black Knights heading to Dallas to play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas on December 27. The bowl game is staged at the historic Cotton Bowl in the city’s Fair Park. 

The Mids head to Amon G. Carter Stadium in nearby Fort Worth to face Louisiana Tech in the Armed Forces Bowl on Friday, December 27.

Navy’s custom helmets from Saturday’s game (Photo / Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)