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Not a surprise: Navy wins over Army in the first-ever Army-Navy Veterans Arena Football game

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: June 23rd, 2013, 11:10 PM EST

Philadelphia, PA – Whether it’s on a football field or an indoor carpet field, it seems like the Navy football team can’t lose to the Army football team.

The Philadelphia Soul hosted the first-ever Army-Navy Veterans Arena Football game, with the help of the Judge group at the Wells Fargo Center. Soul COO John Adams said that this game will happen every year moving forward.

Army and Navy Veterans logo

Army and Navy Veterans logo

The Navy won the first meeting between the two storied football programs, 40-38. Now, if you include this game, Navy hasn’t lost to Army in a football game since December 2001.

In that game, at the old Veterans Stadium, Army led by head coach Todd Berry, who is now the University of Louisiana Monroe head coach, upset the Navy squad, 26-17. Since that day, Navy has rolled over Army for 11 straight wins, with 12 if you want to include this game.

The Army-Navy game has typically called Philadelphia home for much of the past 82 years. And Navy leads the all-time series, 57-49-7, over Army.

With the win, the Navy reserves took home the Commanders of War trophy. However, all the players names will be placed on this year’s trophy, and the only the players from the winning team moving forward will be placed on the trophy.

Army had a chance to win the game. Brion Shelton could not complete a third-down pass to Darrell Brown in the end zone.

Then, on the following fourth down, Shelton threw to Terrel Lane, who advanced to the three-yard line, where he was tackled yards short of the end zone. That’s how the game would end, before both sides would shake hands.

Brandon Butler got the Army team close after he recovered a fumble recovery in the end zone to make it 40-38. Prior to that play, Shelton rushed a yard into the end zone to make it 40-32.

Nick Rodrigues rushed 12 yards for a touchdown to increase the Navy lead to 40-26.

Army would make it 34-26 after Shelton connected with Darrell Brown for a 45 yard touchdown.

In the third, each team exchanged touchdowns. Ricky Dobbs threw to Shun White for a 21 yard touchdown to make it 34-18.

Darnell Burton rushed a yard into the end zone for Army to make it 27-18.

At the half, Navy was leading 27-12. Dobbs rushed for 29 yards into the end zone to make it 27-12 with two minutes left in the first half.

Dobbs also connected with Lamont Fields for a 27-yard touchdown to make it 20-12.

Army’s Tyriq Smith rushed 4 yards into the end zone to make it 13-12.

Brad Chatlos, a Navy linebacker, would intercept Smith for a 15 yard touchdown to make it 13-6. Dobbs would rush for 6-yards to make it 6-6 mid-way through the first.

Smith kicked off the scoring for both sides, as he rushed for 3 yards to make it 6-0.


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