Navy begins its football season against FCS Fordham

Bill Wagner
Contact ReporterThe Capital Gazette
Navy opens its football season at home against Fordham, a FCS team with a standout running back.

Fordham (0-0) @ Navy (0-0)

When: Saturday, noon

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: 1090-AM, 1430-AM

Series: Navy won the only other meeting, in 1914

What’s at stake: Navy is looking to avoid being upset by a Football Championship Subdivision school. The Midshipmen also boast a 10-game winning streak at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and have not lost a season opener in Annapolis since 2000.

Key matchup: Navy inside linebackers Daniel Gonzales and Micah Thomas versus Fordham tailback Chase Edmonds. A powerful rushing performance by Edmonds would go a long way to helping the Rams pull off an upset. Edmonds is a master at pressing the hole, reading the linebackers then cutting back. Gonzales and Thomas are responsible for making the majority of tackles in Navy’s 3-4 defense. Those two must contain Edmonds or else it could be a long day for the Midshipmen.

Player to watch: Navy fullback Chris High. The fullback dive always sets the tone for the triple option and Navy will have an inexperienced player at that position on Saturday. High, a junior with just five career carries under his belt, looked strong in preseason practice. 

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