Mids add wrinkles to crack Tulane’s defense
mage so they can help block linebackers and safeties.
“We had to account for all those NEW ORLEANS – Navy had a guys inside, and we were also unique and interesting offensive trying to get some two-for-one game plan against Tulane, which blocking schemes,” Jasper said. defended the triple option as well “It’s been our best formation. We as any opponent last season. Will Worth finished with 12 athave a lot of answers out of it, both
The Green Wave returned eight tempts, completing five for 59 blocking-wise and throwing the starters on defense, includingball.”first-yards. team All-American Athletic Con“Weknewthey would be loaded Worth had career highs for ference selections in defensive up to stop the run. We had to try to rushing yards (111) and carries (26). tackle Tanzel Smart and outside back them off a bit,” Jasper Tulane was determined to take linebacker Nico Marley. explained. “We just wanted to give away the fullback, which is why
Offfensive coordinator Ivin Jasthem a different look.” Chris High and Shawn White per knew the Midshipmen might Dropping back to throw so combined for only 57 yards on 11 struggle to move the football. They often on the first series set up the attempts. Almost half that total did, as Navy had to earn every yard quarterback draw, which Jasper came on a 26-yard run by High. in a 21-14 victory over Tulane on called three times on Navy’s sec“We knew they were going to Saturday night at Yulman Stadium. ond possession. However, the try to make Will carry the football.
“It’s exactly what we expected. threat of deep throws did not stop I thought we could use the midIt was going to be a slugfest, a Tulane from stacking the box with line to pick up three and four yards grind-it-out type of game,” Jasper nine and 10 defenders. inside, which we did do a good job said. Tulane’s defensive strategy led of at times,” Jasper said. “At the
Jasper pulled somewhat of a Jasper to use the tight formation same time, we have some very surprise by calling pass plays on for the bulk of the game. That talented slots and we had to get the six of seven downs on Navy’s involves bringing the wide receivball in their hands.” opening possession. Quarterback ers in close to the line of scrim- Navy pitched the ball to the Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m. TV: CBS Sports Network Radio: 1090 AM, 1430 AM slotbacks four times in the first half and produced just 32 yards, 18 on one run by Toneo Gulley. Slotbacks got 10 pitches in the second half and were able to break some big gains.
“At halftime, we made some adjustments and got a hat for a hat as far as blocking on the perimeter,” Jasper said. “We got the ball out there and Gulley made some great runs, Dishan made some nice runs. Whenit came down to it, let’s do what we do best. We had to find a way to get the ball to our playmakers.”
After managing only 139 total yards in the first half, Navy found some answers in the second half. The Mids amassed 207 of their 287 rushing yards after intermission as the Green Wave defense wore down.
“We were able to pick up some chunks of yardage here and there,” Jasper said. “We would have had more to show for it if we didn’t turn the football over.”
Worth showed his leadership and determination by directing a long touchdown drive when Navy needed it most. The Mids took over at their own 28-yard line following a missed field goal and proceeded to march 72 yards in 10 plays while taking almost five minutes off the clock.
“We just want Will to be who he is and do what he does best,” Jasper said. “He’s a hard-nosed kid with good size and strength who doesn’t go down easily.”