Report Card: Navy vs. Temple

Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada (AP/Rusty Kennedy)

The Navy Midshipmen opened their 2007 season on Friday night with a 30-19 victory over Temple. GoMids.com's analyzes every element of the Navy's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Navy
30

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Temple
19

AREA GRADE COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
C
Every one knows that Navy doesn't throw much but Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada was effective and kept the Owl defense from concentrating on the run. Kaipo finished with 3 completions in 7 attempts.
RUSHING OFFENSE
A-
Rushing is what the Mids do and it was no different on Friday night. The Mids cranked out 361 yards rushing with Shun White picking up 122 and Kaipo cranking out 102. The two fumbles lost hurt.
PASSING DEFENSE
C+
Yes, the Mids gave up 200 yards passing but they also picked the Adam Dimichele off twice. Navy will need to study up some of pass defense before the trip to Rutgers.
RUSHING DEFENSE
A
Navy shut down the Temple rushing offense, allowing only 74 total yards in 25 attempts. Clint Sovie led the way with 10 tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS
A-
No serious breakdowns here. Returns units did their jobs and prevented long returns. Reggie Campbell had some good returns himself. Matt Harmon made 3 of 3 field goals, the longest being 43 yards. Greg Veteto had only 1 punt (a good indicator) for 37 yards.
COACHING
B+
Paul Johnson and his staff did a good job keeping the Mids focused for a much improved team that they had stomped late in the 2006 season. The young defense came out and did their jobs. The offense picked up right where they left off in 2006. Both units will get better as the season progresses.
OVERALL GRADE
B
Not a bad opener. Many "experts" were expecting a closer game. Navy is back and is the same ole Navy. Look out Army and Air Force. The battleship is back.

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