February 9, 2023

The Army rolls along! The Corps of Cadets swarm the field after Army defeats Navy 20-17 in double overtime thriller


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Quinn Maretzki, West Point’s kicker, made the game-winning field goal of 39 yards. Army beat Navy in an historic edition of their rivalry. 

Army-Navy was the first to go to overtime in the 123-game history of one of college football’s most historic rivalries. 

After Navy turned the ball over at the one-yard line, they had possession. The kick was made in double overtime.

Army cadets celebrated after their gridiron comrades defeated Navy in double overtime

Coach Jeff Monken (left) has now won his fifth Army-Navy game since he took charge in 2014

Coach Jeff Monken (left), is now the winner of his fifth Army-Navy game, since he assumed command in 2014.

This game, which has a tradition of very few yards and less passing, did not break that trend. Navy ended the night with 284 yards, bettering Army’s score of 153. 

Both teams had less that 30 yards of passing, but both teams ended the day with at minimum two touchdowns.

The Army won the first touchdown when they stopped a punt from Navy’s Riley Riethman’s foot and returned it all of the way for a touchdown.

Navy responded in the third quarter with a remarkable 77-yard touchdown run from RB Anton Hall Jr. to make it 10-7. Army scored a field goal in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 10-10. 

Freshman Jabril Williams landed on a blocked punt that resulted in Army's first TD of the day

Jabril Williams, a freshman, landed on a blocked kick that resulted into Army’s first TD for the day.

Anton Hall Jr. answered back in the third quarter with a touchdown of his own to take the lead

Anton Hall Jr. responded with a touchdown in the third quarter to take the lead

This led to a contentious overtime – the first ever in the history this fixture, first played in 1890, and which has been played every year since 1930.

RB Markel Johnson, who was 25 yards away from the house, took the handoff on the first play to draw first blood.

Navy was back in the game as QB Xavier Arline made his first attempt to pass to Maquelhaywood in the end zone.

After the win, the Cadets took the field to have the honor of singing their alma mater second

After After the win, the Cadets were second on the field and had the honor to sing their alma matter second.

With Air Force in the possession of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, Army still took a prize

Air Force now has the Commander-in Chief’s Trophy. Army took the prize

Navy won double overtime and took the ball first. Navy ran seven plays before Hall made a mistake at the one-yard line, turning the ball over.

Army then ran three plays and Quinn Maretzki was sent out by West Point to kick the 39-yard field goal.

This victory means that Army has won five of seven games against Midshipmen, something they haven’t done since 1998.  

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