Army ended a 14-year run of frustration against Navy, using an overpowering running game and opportunistic defense to carve out a long overdue 21-17 victory. The Black Knights’ 14-game losing streak was the longest by either academy in a series that began in 1890. Army (7-5) now trails 60-50-7 in one of the nation’s historic rivalries.
Navy (9-4) was coming off a physical 34-10 loss to Temple in the American Athletic Conference title game and had only one week to prepare for Army with a new quarterback, sophomore Zach Abey, who was making his first college start. Abey took over for Will Worth, who broke his foot against Temple.
Unfortunately for Navy, their replacement quarterback was thrown into the fray and struggled to execute. He ran for two touchdowns, but also passed for only 89 yards and was intercepted twice. Navy had four turnovers, three in the first half. By halftime, Army led 14-0 and owned a 14-1 advantage in first downs.
But to Army’s credit, they exploited their opponent’s weakness. And we need to find a way to do the same. The Bible says that we are “not ignorant of the Devil’s devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11, KJV). That means that “we are familiar with his evil schemes” (NLT). Since we know how he operates, we can know how to avoid falling into his traps.
This year, Army finally ended their losing streak against their arch rival Navy. And at the end of this year, there are some bad habits and backward thinking and boorish behavior that we need to put an end to as well. In other words, there are some losing streaks that you and I need to end, too.