Score - Navy: 28 Hawaii: 23
It wasn’t pretty, but it still counts as a win for the Naval Academy. Hawaii played its best game of the season and stayed in the game for four quarters, but a stop by the Navy defense in the game’s final minutes secured the victory.
Both teams traded scores in the first half, and it looked like Navy might pull away after a one-yard touchdown run by Chris Swain gave the Mids a 14-point lead at the end of the third quarter, but Hawaii never went away.
The Rainbow Warriors responded with a field goal and later scored a touchdown with 4:29 remaining, but failed to convert the two-point conversion, which would have made it a three point game.
Hawaii eventually got the ball back with under one minute remaining and no timeouts, but a big sack by Cody Peterson put an end to any potential miracle comeback.
The Navy offense had tremendous success for much of the day. The offense gained 324 yards on the ground and was 12 of 17 on third down. They also dominated the time of possession, hanging on to the ball for over 38 minutes.
And leading the offense once again was Keenan Reynolds, who rushed for 183 yards on 36 carries and also completed seven of 13 passes for 99 yards and one touchdown. Hawaii’s defense had no idea how to stop the exciting sophomore quarterback.
As I just mentioned, Keenan Reynolds was the catalyst for everything in the Navy offense. He controlled the run game perfectly and kept Hawaii’s defense off-balance with his ability to drop back and stretch the field with his arm.
The final score of the game against Hawaii was closer than how the game really felt, and now the Midshipmen are 8-1. With upcoming games against South Alabama and San Jose State, Navy could potentially get to 10 wins before the regular season finale against Army. The keys will continue to be Keenan Reynolds and the Navy defense coming up with enough late-game stops.