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Navy begins its football season against FCS Fordham

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo gives his team some encouragement during the scrimmage. Navy football prepares for the 2016 season with an open scrimmage and practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday morning.
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo gives his team some encouragement during the scrimmage. Navy football prepares for the 2016 season with an open scrimmage and practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday morning. (By Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

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

When: Saturday, noon

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Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

TV: CBS Sports Network

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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.

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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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