Monday, July 27, 2009

Week 1 Wrapup

West Point, NY (AP) - In the season opener, the Black Knights squared off with the best team on the schedule this season. Ohio State had bad intentions for the visiting Knights and the Horseshoe was trembling in anticipation over the kickoff of the new season.

The Black Knights went down early after Terrell Pryor marched the Buckeyes into the endzone. The Black Knights responded with their best drive of the game, marching into their tOSU territory and leaving with a field goal. Little did they know that would be the closest they got to paydirt.

The rest of the game was defensive domination by Ohio State. A methodical approach on offense by opposing coach Archie Griffin put the Buckeyes in scoring position time after time. In the end, the Buckeyes prevailed 31-3.

In the postgame press conference, new Army head coach Shaun Mason spoke. "All in all, I think this team gave a hell of an effort. It is a tall order to go into Ohio Stadium and knock off the Buckeyes. While I tried to prepare the players to do just that, the difference in team speed and experience was evident. That said, I am damn proud of my defense. The offense got, what, five first downs? To only give up 31 being on the field that much is a miracle."

"Now people will start questioning my offense. Let me tell you this; we were overmatched today. But just like all things good, give it some time and it will work. I am hitting the recruiting trail hard to find players that will fit in here, and I have a pretty young team to work with. We will try to move the ball better next week against Duke."

"I gave the gameball to Stephen Anderson, middle line backer. He was flying around out there and had 10 tackles. I'll see tomorrow how the rest of the team grades. You folks have a good night."

Next week the Black Knights face the Duke Blue Devils.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Week 1 Preview: Army @ Eastern Michigan

West Point (AP) - Defensive wizard Ron English, who lead many outstanding Michigan defensive units, looks to thwart the new flexbone offense of the Army Black Knights. If his defensive unit has anything in common with those fearsome Wolverine teams, look for a solid unit who plays in the scheme and dictates to the offense.

Army coach Shaun Mason said of the Eagles, "This is my first matchup with Coach English. He has a fantastic reputation. Hopefully we can go out and execute like I know these men can. I think if we play solid defense will will be able to control the game on offense. Look for Chip (Bowden) to have a solid game, that kid is a poor mans Dan Lefavour."

Bowden stepped in last year for a injured Carson Williams and delivered some solid performances. He looks improve in his junior year. Running the new flexbone he should have some opportunities to make plays in space. Look out for converted left tackle Ali Villaneavu who may see time at wideout and tight end.

On the Eastern Michigan side of the ball, former high school quarterback Ryan Downard looks to punish opposing receivers from his safety spot. An elite athlete, Downard had an outstanding spring practice and has show signs of great things to come.

Overall this game should be a close game between two evenly matched squads.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

West Point, NY (AP) -- New head coach Shaun Mason has been running the cadet players ragged on the offensive side of the ball. He has spent a significant amount of time trying to determine who will play the "B" back position in his offense.

"I am looking for someone who can take the option read and rumble fearlessly into the maw of the opponent. Someone who will guard the ball like he guards his country!"

Right now CeDarius Williams looks to be the leader in the hunt. "He doesn't have great size, but he is mean. I like that in a guy. I like a guy who doesn't avoid contact, who craves driving the ball."

Look for more in the upcoming days before the start of the preseason.