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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Navy Defeats Davenport

Press Release

On Saturday November 3rd, The Navy 1st XV travelled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to take on the 16th ranked Davenport Panthers. Kickoff went at 1100 on a beautiful Michigan fall day. The Midshipmen took the opening kick and methodically marched down the field capping off an impressive opening possession with a short burst by second row Phil Dalke for the game’s opening try. The kick was converted by Cole Euverard, and Navy had an early 7-0 lead. The teams then played territory for twenty minutes, feeling each other out before a pick off the base of the ruck by flanker Mike Galvan was dotted down with a good conversion to open up the lead to 14-0. Some sloppy play inside of their own 22 left the midshipman vulnerable and a quick linebreak from Davenport cut the Midshipman lead to 14-7. Five minutes before the half ended, front rower Bo Kendrick-Holmes drove over the line from five meters out to extend the lead back up to 21-7. The Midshipman conceded a penalty at the horn which was kicked for points, and the teams left the pitch at half time with the Midshipmen leading 21-10. 

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Navy came out strong in the second half as they had in the first, picking holes in the Davenport defense before Kendrick-Holmes finished off another try from short range, powering past two Davenport defenders. Euverard’s kick was struck well, and the lead was 28-10. Minutes later, the Navy forward pack continued their dominance, this time at the set piece as the big men, lead by the front row of Dallas Elliston, Gordon Livermore and Kendrick-Holmes, pushed the Davenport scrum over the line. The ball was dotted down by 8-man Spencer Craig, and the lead was now 33-10. WIth 15 minutes to play and Navy knocking on the door once again inside the Davenport 22, an errant pass led to an intercept try for Davenport, making it 33-15. In the final five minutes, reserve prop Jubal Schmit popped a pass off the deck to flyhalf Pat Moore who dove over for the try, extending the lead to 38-15. On the final play of the game, the Navy forward pack put an exclamation point on their dominant performance as flanker

Braedon Mead took one himself from just a meter out to cap off the victory. A conversion kick from reserve flyhalf Matt Mischler rounded out the scoring for a 45-15 Navy Victory. It was an important win for the Midshipmen against a tough opponent on the road. They will look to carry this momentum forward into their big matchup at home this week against Mid-South Conference rival and #3 Nationally Ranked Lindenwood in Annapolis this upcoming Saturday, November 10.

The Navy 2nd XV was in action as well this weekend in their conference tournament in Northern Virginia. After the first game was delayed due to rain, they took the pitch against Queens University, and jumped out to an a commanding 17 point lead with 15 minutes to play on the back of three tries from winger Brendan Ferrer Green. They proved unable to hold on, however, as a few line breaks from Queens in the final minutes propelled them to a last-minute 24-22 victory over the Navy Second XV. There was a chance for redemption on Sunday, however, which Navy took full advantage of, dominating VCU by a score of 84-0 behind superb play from prop Ty Young.

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