Army Beats Navy! a.k.a, End The Losing Streak


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.

Can An Army Beat A Navy?

Army Navy Game

Today is the annual Army Navy Game played right here in Philly (I’m in town for the weekend). Army has lost the last 13 games to Navy. This season, Army is 2-9 and Navy is 9-2, and ranked 21st in the Nation. Army is trending down, and Navy is trending up. Army is hoping to win, and Navy seems helpless to lose.

 An Army fights on land and a navy battles at sea. But a fight is a fight and a battle is a battle, so we need to learn how to win wherever and whenever there is fight or a battle or a brawl or a scrum. Who we play doesn’t matter; it’s all about how we play on the field and in our heads.

And so the question is this – can Army turn it around? Can Army pull off an upset? Can Army push back defeat and disappointment and dejection and depression and press and pursue past the pundits and prognosticators and do what no one thinks they can do?

I submit that the real question is not can they; the real question is WILL they? For all of us who like and love to see the unthinkable and the unimaginable and the implausible and the impossible, we can deal with long odds.

So, can you beat your nemesis and your antagonist and your archrival and your archenemy? Yes you can. But you must move from “I Can” to “I Will!”