October 3, 2008

Sprint Football Takes On Perennial Rival Navy

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The sprint football team heads to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., this weekend for its highly anticipated CSFL opener tomorrow against defending league champion Navy.
Since 2004, either the Red or the Midshipmen have won the title every year.
After a 16-10 overtime win against Navy in 2006, the Red fell to the Midshipmen in last year’s Pride Bowl, 35-14. The loss in Union, N.J., ended an eight-game win streak for the Red.
The two teams are coming both coming off of wins — against different types of opponents, both squads relied on tough defense to grab solid wins.
Cornell steamrolled over first-year CSFL program Mansfield, 35-0. Mansfield only had possession for 21:06, and the Red defense only gave up 14 yards of total offense, including -58 rushing yards.
Navy, by contrast, was playing its biggest rivalry game last weekend over Army, and the Midshipmen came out with a 14-7 victory in West Point, N.Y., on the strength of its defense, which tallied seven sacks and 14 tackles for a loss and held Army to 219 yards of total offense and -22 rushing yards.
The Cornell-Navy matchup is for the fourth annual Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl. Cornell a capella group The Class Notes will perform at the accompanying charity event the day before.