Daily Press (Sunday)

Air Force tops Navy with record scoring pass

- Staff and wire reports

Zac Larrier threw a 94-yard touchdown to Dane Kinamon — the longest pass in Air Force history — and the 22nd-ranked Falcons shut down Navy 17-6 on Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland.

Air Force (7-0) gained almost as many yards on that one play as Navy (3-4) did in the entire game.

The Falcons seemed to back off defensivel­y late, allowing the Midshipmen to drive 78 yards for their only touchdown. They finished with 124 yards.

Larrier, whose availabili­ty for this game was a surprise after coach Troy Calhoun said earlier in the week the injured quarterbac­k would be out “a while,” completed only four passes, but they went for a total of 151 yards.

On the first play of the second quarter, with the Falcons facing second-and-10 from the 6, Larrier found Kinamon up the right sideline. None of the Midshipmen could catch him.

After that, it was a pretty typical run-heavy game between the two military academies.

Christophe­r Newport 34, Kean 10: CNU delighted its homecoming crowd of 3,123 with a dominant first half in its victory over winless Kean at TowneBank Stadium.

Colin Hart ran for a 48-yard touchdown to start the scoring and caught two of Matt Dzierski’s three TD passes, including an 85-yarder that gave the Captains a 27-3 halftime edge. CNU didn’t yield a touchdown until the fourth quarter.

The Cougars “were a little banged up, and our guys did what they expected to do in front of alumni on homecoming,” CNU coach Paul Crowley said in a postgame radio interview.

The Captains (5-2, 3-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference) will win an NCAA Division III playoff berth if they beat their final three opponents.

The Cougars fell to 0-7, 0-4. Dzierski was 11 of 15 for 242 yards. Hart had seven catches for 184 yards.

Tallwood High graduate Gunner White led CNU with 77 yards and a TD on 12 carries, and Logan Baker had a team-high eight tackles.

Monroe 28, Apprentice 21: In a back-and-forth clash of similarly named quarterbac­ks, Mason Boothe threw four touchdown passes to lift the host Mustangs (5-2) past Mason Tatum and the Builders (2-5).

Tatum threw two touchdown passes and ran for Apprentice’s other score in a game in which neither team led by more than seven points amid showers in New Rochelle, New York.

Boothe completed 16 of 29 for 285 yards despite two intercepti­ons. His final TD throw, a 5-yarder to Deon Metezier with 10 minutes, 45 seconds remaining, provided the day’s last points.

Tatum was 20 of 35 for 239 yards with one intercepti­on and had 26 net yards on 11 carries, even including sacks.

Apprentice’s Lawrence Reed led all rushers with 83 yards on 12 attempts. Ricardo Corpus led the Builders with six receptions for 74 yards, including a 25-yard TD.

The Builders will finish the regular season with three home games.

Richmond 33, North Carolina A&T 10: Kyle Wickersham threw a touchdown pass, and Richmond’s defense and special teams took over from there for the Spiders (5-3, 4-1 Coastal Athletic Associatio­n) in Greensboro.

With UR leading 10-0, Jabril Hayes intercepte­d A&T’s Kevin White, a former Menchville and Green Run High star, and returned it 48 yards to the end zone. Taymon Cooke then had a 91-yard kickoff return for the lone touchdown for the Aggies (1-6, 0-4).

Just before halftime, Quintarius Jefferies gathered a blocked punt and ran it in from 15 yards. In the fourth quarter Aaron Banks intercepte­d White and returned it 32 yards for the game’s final score.

Samford 27, VMI 14: Neither team scored after halftime, which suited the Bulldogs (4-4, 3-3 Southern Conference) against the Keydets (3-4, 2-2) in Lexington.

Jay Stanton ran for 151 yards on 20 tries for Samford, including 32and 36-yarders for the Bulldogs’ first two touchdowns.

Damonta Witherspoo­n ran for another score, and Michael Hiers completed 36 of 47 throws for 222 yards.

VMI’s Collin Ironside was 14 of 25 for 146 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown to Aidan Twombly, who had six receptions for 73 yards. VMI’s Hunter Rice had 11 rushes for 102 yards.

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