September 21, 2009

Army vs. Ball State Game: Tidbits

Army vs. Ball State: Tidbits

Once again, the Black Knights relied on their defense to lock down a victory, as Army moved to 2-1 on the season with their 24-17 win over Ball State. looks back at some of the tidbits from this weekend, that include freshmen contribution, first time moments, clutch performances, as the Black Knights now prepare for upcoming contest with Iowa State.


Saturday's game against Ball State saw 75 players wearing the Black & Gold of Army. Of those 75, fifteen were freshman.

Of those fifteen freshmen, Gallick, Shelly, Combs and Odocha dressed for the first time, as they have been members of the JV squad. It still is not determined if they will travel for the Iowa State game, but it's clear that their JV efforts are paying dividends.

1. Josh Jackson
2. Lonnie Liggins
3. Trent Steelman
4. Brian Cobbs
5. Malcolm Brown
6. Parker Whitten
7. Jarrett Mackey
8. AJ Mackey
9. Kyler Martin
10. Brad Gallick
11. Nate Combs
12. C.J. Shelley
13. Kelechi Odocha

Of the thirteen, Jackson, Cobbs, Martin, Whitten and Mackey (Jarett) actually saw playing time against Ball State on Saturday.


On Army's first possession of the game, they marched 80 yards, on 13 plays and used up 6:36 on clock. This marked the second game in a row of the 2009 season that the Black Knights scored on their first possession of the game.


Captain and linebacker Stephen Anderson made his presence felt defensively, with a career high 15 total tackle … 11 of which were solo stops. Of those 15 stops, it was Anderson's vicious hit on Cardinals' wide receiver Seth White on a 2nd & 13 reception and 6:00 in the first quarter that resurrected the Army fans. When the hit was replayed on the Jumbotron, the crowd responded again. To White's credit, he was able to hold onto the ball.


After making an acrobatic catch on a 3rd & 20 play, wide receiver Ali Villanueva came right back on the same drive and pull down a 24 yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Trent Steelman, that gave Army a 17-10 halftime lead.


Senior cornerback Mario Hill made his first career interception with 4:26 remaining in the 2nd quarter.

Hill's interception resulted in Army getting the ball on the 41 yard line and an eventual Black Knights' score that came as a result of another first.

On, Villanueva's aforementioned 24 yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Trent Steelman, it signaled the freshman's first touchdown pass of his Army football career.


Coach Ellerson may have to make a phone call to Keller Hospital to see which doctor specializes in "fumblelitist". As the Black Knights go deeper into their schedule, they can not afford to have anything close to one or two fumbles in a game, let alone six, as was the case against Ball State on Saturday.

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