Army-Navy at the half: 17-0 in the snow, but one bright spot for Black Knights

Army senior offensive lineman Colin Joy, right, and Nicole Veroline kiss after Joy proposed to her on the field before the Army-Navy game, Saturday in Philadelphia. She said yes. The couple is from Long Island, N.Y. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A heartwarming moment — before things got very, very chilly — in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Army stumbles. Navy capitalizes. Mix in snow. Repeat.

A simple formula, sure, but the Arctic conditions and stingy defenses in Philadelphia are keeping both the Black Knights and Mids from doing anything too complicated.

In the first quarter, Navy followed an Army fumble with Quinton Singleton’s 58-yard run, setting up a field goal.

In the second, Navy followed an Army personal-foul penalty with a 39-yard touchdown run by Noah Copeland, leading to a 10-0 lead.

Later, the Army offense stalled and forced the Black Knights to punt from deep within their own territory. The next play, quarterback Keenan Reynolds watched his blockers cut a perfect, snow-covered running lane through the Lincoln Financial Field turf, giving him room for a 47-yard touchdown scamper; he’s one more rushing TD away from breaking the NCAA record.

That made it 17-0. And with Army’s offense showing few signs of life and the weather showing no signs of improvement, more than a few fans have left their seats — and may not return for the second half.

About that Army bright spot: That’d be the picture above, taken in happier times for fans of the Black Knights — 17 points and one snowstorm ago. That’s Army senior Colin Joy proposing to his girlfriend, Nicole Veroline. She said yes.


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