Army takes third straight over Navy

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Dan Gel­ston

PHILADEL­PHIA — Army had the corps bounc­ing in front of the pres­i­dent and kept the C o m m a n d e r- i n - C h i e f ' s Tro­phy.

The Black Knights re­cov­ered two fum­bles in the fourth quar­ter, Kelvin Hop­kins Jr. had two rush­ing touch­downs and Army beat Navy 17-10 on Satur­day to win its third straight game in the se­ries.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at­tended the 119th game be­tween the ri­vals and flipped the coin be­fore spend­ing a half on each side in a show of im­par­tial­ity. No mat­ter his view, Army (10-2) al­ways had the edge.

Army re­tained the CIC Tro­phy — awarded to the team with the best record in games among the three ser­vice acad­e­mies — after win­ning it for the first time in 22 years last sea­son and snuffed a late Navy

(3-10) rally to re­tain pos­ses­sion of the pa­tri­otic prize

With Navy down 10-7, quar­ter­back Zach Abey lost a fum­ble on

fourth-and-12 deep in its own ter­ri­tory. Hop­kins would score on a 1-yard run to make it 17-7 and give Army the cush­ion it needed to win in front of

66,729 fans at Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field.

Army hopped and waved hands in cel­e­bra­tion dur­ing a re­play time­out and got the cadets in the stands to bounce along. They had good rea­son to cel­e­brate: Army has re­gained its grip in a se­ries that had got­ten out of hand. Navy had a se­ries-best 14-game win­ning streak from 2002-2015 and leads the se­ries leads

60-52-7.

Trump sat on the Army side in the first half and crossed the field to the Navy side at half­time. Trump of­fi­ci­ated the coin toss and was in­tro­duced by pub­lic ad­dress an­nouncer Dan Baker to a cheer­ing crowd. Navy called “tails,” and that's what it was when Trump's flipped coin landed on the turf. Navy elected to kick off.

That was a mis­take. Kell Walker ran 51 yards to the 10 on the fourth play from scrim­mage and Hop­kins dashed in for the TD on the next play for a 7-0 lead.

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