Hammond leads Air Force over Navy
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.