Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Week 1 - OU Comes A Knockin'


West Point, NY (AP) - The Sooners from Normal came into Miche Stadium with one thing on their mind, destruction. However, the Black Knights were ready for war. With no respect given to the Knights in the national press, coach Shaun Mason had the cadets fired up and ready to play. The opening kickoff went the the Knights, who drove down the field, stalled and kicked a 33 yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Oklahoma was stifled it's first two drives and the bell rang at the end of the first stanza with the Black Knights leading.

In the second quarter, the Black Knights again drove the field, scoring when true freshman super recruit T()() Brigham took the ball in on a flexbone dive from two yards out. The drive showed the diversity of the Black Knight offense as they mixed things up to keep the far more talented Sooner squad on their heels. The Sooners tried valiantly to move the ball on the swarming Army defense, but were denied right before the half when a big hit jarred the ball lose inside the Oklahoma five. The half ended with Army up 10-0. The vaunted Sooner offense was limited to 86 yards of offense in the first half.

In the second half, the Sooners finally looked like they were the better team. After trading drives ending with punts, the Sooners finally took the ball down the field and pounded the ball into the endzone on a Calhoun two yard dash. The drive was dominated by the running game of the Sooners, who manhandled the opposing line. Not to be deterred, the Knights answered with a field goal to take a 13-7 lead into the final quarter.

With the biggest upset in school history looming large, the Black Knights of Army began to show their youth, unable to control the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball. On the first Oklahoma possession, they marched down the field to take a 14-13 lead on the back of running back Calhoun and tight end Reese. Reese made defenders look silly with leaping grabs. Army got the ball back, determined to win, but were turned back. Looking to run the clock, the Sooner offense marched methodically down the field to take a 21-13 lead. Army received the ball one last time, but the offense was unable to transition to a passing team and senior quarterback Chip Bowden threw a long interception on fourth down to clinch the Sooner victory.

Coach Shaun Mason said in the post game interview, "My boys played better than I could ask for today. No real turnovers, we hit hard and moved the ball. They were better today, but I feel good about the rest of the season. It sure would have felt good to get one over on the big boys today."

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Army Overlooks North Texas

West Point, NY (AP) - In the fervor to prepare for rival Navy, coach Shaun Mason overlooks the fact that the Black Knights were completely unprepared for the North Texas Eagles. In fact, coach Mason was shocked when the plane landed in Denton, Texas instead of Maryland.

The Eagles came out and jumped to a 14 point lead in the first quarter on the back of quarterback and coaches son Cody Dodge. Late in the first, a crushing hit by Army leads to Dodge being taken off the field with a torn pectoral muscle. That was the only reason this game was close.

On the next kickoff, Army took the ball 90 yards on the return for a touchdown. North Texas quickly returned the favor with a quick field goal scoring drive. Again, Army breaks a return to score a touchdown. This put the score at 17-14 and it looked like Army was in the game.

North Texas again scores to put the game at 24-14. Army answers back with their first and only offensive score in the game to take get to 24-21. This was the only time Army did anything right on offense. The two teams traded short drives and North Texas gets the ball again, but turn the ball over on a sack and fumble that is returned for a score and the Black Knights take a 28-24 lead with only a few minutes remaining. North Texas stuns the Black Knights with a 70 yard touchdown to win the game.

Coach Mason said after the game, "We were putting great pressure on that five wide offense. We had I think 11 sacks, but we couldn't do anything on offense. We are going to have to spend some serious time in the offseason figuring out how to move the ball in the air."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Army Bowl Eligible

West Point, NY (AP) - For the first time since 1996 the Black Knights are eligible for a bowl game. Following another close win against the Troy Trojans, the cadets of Army are excited. As excited as they are, they are working hard to prepare for rival Navy.

Coach Shaun Mason said, "I don't have time to chit chat with you guys. This is the most important week of the year. If we don't beat Army, this season is a failure, no matter what records."

"While I have you folks here, I just want to say it is a shame that my middle linebacker isn't up for any awards. I think he has had as good a year as anyone. I am a little upset those writers can't look outside the BCS teams to find stud players having stud years."