This year After Action brought in a special guest, retired Lt. Col. Robert Hoffman, who also played defensive end at Bloomsburg University. This year he will be blogging and providing his insight on the game. We asked him first for a prediction.
After walking the field before kick-off and sensing the energy coming from Army’s side of the field I am predicting Army ends their eight game losing streak and winning 17-14.
The key for Army will be containing Navy senior quarterback Ricky Dobbs. The cadets also need to contain wide receiver Greg Jones who is Dobbs favorite target. All year Navy has tried to feature Dobbs’ arm more in the offense and I expect Navy’s coaches will want to do more of the same in Dobbs’ last Army-Navy game.
Army defensive end Josh McNarry is also going to have to step up and fight through his injured hamstring and force a turnover. McNarry leads Army with 10 sacks, but he’s not going to get a lot of chances to rush the quarterback with Navy’s triple option attack.
In the end, Army will pull off the upset and finally allow the cadets, not Midshipmen, to receive an overnight pass and enjoy the Philadelphia nightlife.