The Midshipmen return to Annapolis, Md., for their final home game of the season against Texas State…
Navy Report Card: Troy
Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds was 8 for 15 for 159 yards passing, with a long pass of 68 yards to Shawn Lynch that led to the Mids second score of the game. Brandon Turner and Gee Gee Greene each had three receptions for a total of 39 yards. Sophomore fullback Noah Copeland added a catch for a gain of 13. Reynolds was sacked three times for a loss of 16 yards. The Mids stuck with their ground game with just 15 pass attempts to 54 total rushing attempts.
Rushing Offense: C
Keenan Reynolds started the second quarter with a 70-yard rush but was stripped by Troy defensive lineman Aaron Williams. The start of the second half was equally unkind to Reynolds, who was sacked by defensive end Kyle Lucas; Lucas forced a fumble which was recovered by the Trojans. The turnovers proved costly as Troy was able score touchdowns both times.
Gee Gee Greene led the Midshipmen with 16 carries for 150 yards and a score. Greene cut the lead to 31-28 in the third quarter when he scored on a 59-yard run to the right side of the field.
Reynolds added 130 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns for the Mids.
Passing Defense: F
Junior Troy quarterback Corey Robinson demonstrated the Trojan's big play ability in the first half with a 62-yard completion to sophomore B.J. Chitty for a 62-yard score.
It would be the case for much of the night as the Mids were unable to contain Trojan quarterbacks, who completed 34 for 40 pass attempts for 415 yards and two scores.
Senior Troy receiver Chip Reeves led the Trojans with 8 receptions for 88 yards receiving. Sophomore receiver Chandler Worthy added 6 catches for 64 yards and a score. Three other Trojan receivers added at least three receptions for 29 yards receiving.
Junior safety Wave Ryder intercepted an Anthony Deon pass that led to a Navy touchdown. Senior safety Tra'ves Bush led the team with 13 tackles, including 9 solo stops.
Rushing Defense: D
With the Trojan passing game throwing with ease, it opened things up for their running game to have much more success.
Junior quarterback Deon Anthony punished the Mids with his feet, adding 56 yards rushing on 7 carries with two scores.
Senior running back D.J. Taylor led the Trojans with 11 carries for 68 yards rushing. Shawn Southward added 52 yards rushing on 12 carries and a score. Senior linebacker Matt Warrick led the front seven with 10 tackles. Brye French was third on the team with 7 tackles, including ½ a tackle for a loss.
Special Teams: B
Sophomore slotback Ryan Williams-Jenkins returned a kickoff for 31 yards and gave the Mids great field position beyond the 25-yard line multiple times on the day. Freshman kicker Nick Sloan made his only field goal attempt from 27 yards out in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Colin Amerau did an excellent job not giving the Trojans anything that was returnable. Troy was forced to take a touchback or did not make it beyond the 25-yard line through the day.
Pablo Beltran was phenomenal with 3 punts averaging 50 yards per punt, with a long punt of 58 yards. The sophomore punter also pinned the Trojans inside their 20-yard line once.
Navy went for it on fourth down three times and converted twice, and were put in position to win the game but were not able to keep up with Troy due to costly turnovers.
Head coach Ken Niumatalolo has one more game to figure things out before the three week break leading up to the Army-Navy game.
The secondary has some major issues to resolve before next week's match up against WAC member Texas State (3-6, 1-3). The Bobcats also have dangerous scoring potential as the season continues and are coming off a disappointing 55-62 shootout against Louisiana Tech.
The 70-yard run by Reynolds that resulted in a fumble brought back memories of the beginning of the year. Getting torched through the air was also very familiar with the Midshipmen's rocky start to the season. The big play potential that moved with ease against East Carolina and went head to head with Indiana seems to of sputtered as the season winds down.
It seemed as though the air was let out of Navy's balloon after a bowl clinching victory against FAU last week. Navy was unable to stop Troy's potent passing attack that racked up 415 total passing yards.
It would be nice to see the Mids get some momentum as well as ensure a finish with a winning record next week, in the final home game of the season against Texas State. The Bobcats racked up 577 yards of offense, including 281 passing yards and 3 receiving scores against No. 19 Louisiana Tech this weekend.
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