Army moves closer to bowl el­i­gi­bil­ity

Brad­shaw, Wool­folk lead Black Knights to win over Wake For­est

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Aaron Beard

Ah­mad Brad­shaw scored on an 11-yard keeper with 11:45 left to help Army beat Wake For­est 21-13 on Satur­day, inch­ing the Black Knights closer to bowl el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Army (5-3) had fallen be­hind 10-7 early in the third and trailed un­til Brad­shaw’s keeper around the left side. By that point, Army had grad­u­ally taken con­trol of the game, with its de­fense tak­ing the De­mon Dea­cons (5-3) out of rhythm while its of­fense fi­nally ran with its wear-you-down, clock-melt­ing style.

In fact, after pick­ing off John Wol­ford for the third time with 9:25 left, Army took nearly 6½ min­utes off the clock with a 12play drive that ended with Dar­nell Wool­folk’s 6-yard clinch­ing TD run for a 21-10 lead with 2:54 left.

Wake For­est was try­ing to be­come bowl el­i­gi­ble for the first time since 2011. But Wol­ford got the De­mon Dea­cons off to a bad start with two in­ter­cep­tions on over­thrown balls on the first three pos­ses­sions, and Wake For­est’s of­fense sput­tered as Army made its fourth-quar­ter move.

THE TAKEAWAY

ARMY: The Black Knights have proven they’re the type of team con­tent to lean on op­po­nents with the run — again and again — to

wear them down and slowly as­sert con­trol. This game was a re­minder of how well that for­mula can work, even on a day when the big rush­ing to­tals aren’t there.

WAKE FOR­EST: De­spite its mo­ments of growth in Dave Claw­son’s third sea­son, Wake For­est is still

prone to of­fen­sive strug­gles and lacks some big-play punch, oc­ca­sion­ally turn­ing drives into work-for-ev­ery­thing fights.

UP NEXT

ARMY: The Black Knights can be­come bowl el­i­gi­ble for the first time

since 2010 by beat­ing Air Force next week. Air Force has won three straight meet­ings by at least 14 points.

WAKE FOR­EST: The De­mon Dea­cons host Vir­ginia in the first meet­ing be­tween the teams since Wake For­est’s 16-10 road win in 2012. Sul­li­van West 2, We­bu­tuck 0 —— Class D Cham­pion – El­dred —— Semi­fi­nal win­ners at Mount Saint Mary Col­lege, 4 p.m. —— Class D Semi­fi­nals Nov. 4 No. 3 We­bu­tuck at No. 2 Tuxedo, 6 p.m.

MIKE GROLL — AP FILE

Army coach Jeff Monken’s squad moved a win closer to be­com­ing bowl el­i­gi­ble.

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