Ham­mond leads Air Force over Navy

Sunday Star - - SPORTS -

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLO. (AP) — D.J. Ham­mond, side­lined early in the game when dazed by a hel­met-to-hel­met col­li­sion, re­turned to run for three touch­downs and throw for an­other, lead­ing Air Force past Navy 35-7 on Satur­day in his first ca­reer start.

Joseph Saucier also scored on a 48-yard run for Air Force (2-3), which took the first leg in the com­pe­ti­tion among the ser vice acad­e­mies for the Com­man­der in Chief’s tro­phy. Air Force will play at Army on Nov. 3 while Navy (2-3) plays Army on Dec. 8 in its fi­nal reg­u­larsea­son game.

Ham­mond was in­jured on a third-down run in the open­ing min­utes of the game. He re­turned to throw a 61-yard touch­down pass to Ron­ald Cleve­land and run for touch­downs of 1, 2 and 5 yards.

Dur­ing Air Force’s sec­ond of­fen­sive se­ries, Ham­mond ab­sorbed suc­ces­sive hits to his head by two Navy de­fend­ers. Shaken, Ham­mond lay on the ground for sev­eral mo­ments while be­ing tended to by team train­ers and med­i­cal staff. He sat up and was helped to his feet be­fore be­ing led off the field for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion.

Of­fi­cials, af­ter re­view­ing the hit, pe­nal­ized line­backer Tay­lor He­flin for tar­get­ing. He­flin was dis­qual­i­fied from play­ing in the re­main­der of the game.

Isa­iah San­ders played in place of Ham­mond for most of the first quar­ter and part of the sec­ond be­fore the starter was cleared to re­turn.

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