Army-Navy grades: Army wins ground-heavy game

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from Army's win over Navy.

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Army-Navy grades: Army wins ground-heavy game

Army Black Knights 21, Navy Midshipmen 17

Here are the biggest takeaways and highest graded players from Army’s 21-17 victory over rival Navy.

Army Black Knights

Quarterback grade: Ahmad Bradshaw, 56.5

Bradshaw rushes for a score

Bradshaw only attempted four passes for the game but completed two of them. Bradshaw completed his lone deep (20 or more yards downfield) pass for 29 yards but had his lone intermediate (10-20 yards downfield) pass intercepted. Bradshaw’s afternoon was more impressive as a runner, where he added 20 yards after contact forced one missed tackle and scored a touchdown.

Top offensive grades:

FB Jordan Asberry, 79.0
HB Kell Walker, 77.0
FB John Trainor, 73.3
C Josh Moylan, 71.8
FB Tyler Campbell, 70.2

Army relies on ground game to beat Navy

Army rushed for over 300 yards as a team against Navy and only had 35 passing yards. Fullback Jordan Asberry stood out for his run-blocking. Kell Walker did most of the damage on the ground for Army as he added 42 yards after contact and forced 3 missed tackles. Andy Davidson saw the bulk of the carries for Army he added 49 yards after contact forced 4 missed tackles and punched in two touchdowns but also had two fumbles.

Top defensive grades:

S Xavier Moss, 85.4
S Rhyan England, 80.1
DI Andrew McLean, 73.1
DI Jordan Smith, 70.0
CB Jaylon McClinton, 69.7

Army defense frustrates Navy

Navy barely generated 200 yards of total offense for the game against the inspired Army defense. Andrew McLean proved to be too much for the Navy offensive line to consistently move out of the way in the run game. Jordan Smith had 3 run stops and 1 QB hit. Xavier Moss had an interception in coverage and 2 defensive stops. Rhyan England also intercepted a Zach Abey pass. Jayon McClinton did not allow a catch for the game.

Navy Midshipmen

Quarterback grade: Zach Abey, 56.4

Abey runs for two touchdowns

Abey completed 6 of his 10 attempts in a run-heavy Navy game plan but he also threw two interceptions. Abey did not complete any of his 3 deep pass attempts targeted beyond 20 yards downfield. Abey usually does most of his damage on the ground and he led Navy in carries provided 65 yards after contact, forced 2 missed tackles and scored 2 touchdowns.


Top offensive grades:

T Andrew Wood, 81.6
C Parker Wade, 73.4
FB Calvin Cass Jr., 71.3
WR Jamir Tillman, 69.9
WR Brandon Colon, 67.4

Navy offense sputters in big game

Navy offense barely topped the 200-yard mark for the game. The running backs only had seven combined carries for the game and only generated 17 yards after contact while quarterback Zach Abey had 19 carries. Andrew Wood and Parker Wade both graded above-average as run-blockers. Jamir Tillman caught 3 of the 6 passes thrown his way but only generated 8 yards after the catch. Brandon Colon caught his lone target and provided 18 yards after the catch.

Top defensive grades:

LB Micah Thomas, 80.8
S Sean Williams, 74.7
DI Jackson Pittman, 70.2
LB Tyler Sayles, 70.0
S Hudson Sullivan, 68.5

Navy’s defense failed to stop Army’s ground game

Navy’s defense allowed Army to rush for over 300 yards. Linebacker Micah Thomas was Navy’s best run defender against Army, as he had 7 tackles and 4 run stops for the game. Thomas was also targeted twice in coverage and only allowed one catch for 6 yards. Sean Williams came up with an interception of an Ahmad Bradshaw pass. Jackson Pittman had 2 run stops.

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