Here’s everything you need to know about today’s 120th football game between the Army West Point Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen. The X factor Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry is the X factor going into Army-Navy game. “I think he’s the X factor and he has been every year,” Army West Point linebacker Cole Christiansen said when asked about Perry. “He’s a super-fast, super-slippery runner. A lot of our success will come down to whether or not we’re able to stop him.” Story Advertisement When’s the game? Photos: Army-Navy game ball run Friends most days, opponents today Friendship between Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo and Army head coach Jeff Monken is put to the test on gameday. Story Wagner: Perry should be a Heisman finalist At no point this season has Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry received serious consideration for the Heisman Trophy, and that’s a darn shame. It reflects a bias on the part of the national media against players from the so-called Group of Five conferences. Column ‘Greatest sports rivalry’ The Army-Navy football game is the greatest sports rivalry because it is still relevant. It exists. It goes on and thrives in this atmosphere of hyperactive and rabid sports fanaticism, mega-teams and dynasties, writes John Schofield, former Navy Academy public affairs officer. Column He “looks like he’s shot out of a slingshot” Navy Head coach Ken Niumatalolo decided to move Jamale Carothers to fullback prior to spring practice of his plebe year and that has proved to be a wise decision. The 5-foot-9, 203-pound sophomore has been a remarkable revelation, ranking second on the team with 637 rushing yards despite only seeing significant action in the last seven games. Story “His energy, his athleticism, his toughness” Senior center Ford Higgins is grateful and thankful for Navy football career. “Before we finished warmups, we knew this was the kind of guy we wanted on our team. You could see the energy and enthusiasm Ford possessed,” Navy assistant Ashley Ingram said. Story ‘A selfless human being’ Navy defensive end Jackson Pittman has improved under tutelage of three different position coaches. “He understands his role within the defense and his role is what really keeps us strong, especially in the run game being able to take on double teams and anchoring us in there allows the linebackers to be free and do their jobs making tackles," said Navy assistant coach Jerrick Hall. Story An honor for Watson Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson attended last year’s Army-Navy game as a senior midshipman at the Naval Academy. At this year’s game on Saturday, he’ll be honored along with two other sailors shot and killed last week in a classroom at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Story What about Army? The Black Knights have won three straight Army-Navy games, but is struggling this season. Army (5-7) is assured of its first losing season since finishing 2-10 in 2015 and enters Saturday’s showdown with archrival Navy hoping to salvage one last goal. If the Black Knights beat the Midshipmen, they would retain the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy since there will have been a three-way tie among the service academies. Story
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Westminster Elks 2277 Annual Hoop Shoot, Dec. 15 at McDaniel College. Registration begins at noon, shooting at 12:30. There is no cost to participate and every participant will get a Hoop Shoot T-shirt. Winners advance to the District Shoot Jan. 12 at McDaniel at noon. Contestants must be at least 8 and no older than 13 as of April 1, 2020, in order to participate. Contestants will compete in one of six divisions: Boys ages 8-9, 10-11, 12-13; Girls ages 8-9, 10-11, 12-13. For more information contact Phil Popielski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-599-1319.
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» Said Edgewood coach Matt Rankin: “Ryan is the consummate field general who makes the right play on the field time and again. She communicates effectively to her teammates on offense and defense. With the ball at her feet, we are going to get a good shot, good cross, or a good through ball.”
In earning All-Metro first-team honors last year, she polished off a 25-goal, 12-assist sophomore season with three goals in a 5-0 win over Spalding in the title game. For her career, DeSmit takes 56 goals and 28 assists into her senior year with a chance to lead the Eagles to an unprecedented fourth straight crown.
“I had to put a lot more time and effort into that than I did last year,” he said. “It kind of slipped away a little bit and the Hoppers Kidzone, where we had the Breakfast with Santa for the past eight years, closed down, so that kind of messed it up a lot, too. We had to basically start from scratch, and it was hard to think and find a place to do that because we were going to do it.”
Coach Matt Smoot was impressive in meshing the team’s talent and pushing the right buttons. On offense, he got younger players up to speed and confident as two sophomores and a freshman finished as the team’s top scorers. At midseason, he put most of his experienced players in back, led by two-time All-Metro standout Aya Neal, and they produced four shutouts in the postseason.
Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon enters race for mayor, arguing Pugh’s misdeeds helped beat her last time
Dixon said that in order for the city to pay to implement the state Kirwan Commission’s recommendations to improve Maryland’s public schools, at a cost to the city of $330 million after 10 years, Baltimore must increase its tax revenues by rebuilding its population. That, she said, can only happen after crime is reduced significantly. The city has 602,495 residents, according to the latest census estimate.
US Army opens Harford office to facilitate engagement between Aberdeen Proving Ground, private sector
From left, Lisa Swoboda, director of the Office of Military Affairs for the Maryland Department of Commerce; Karen Holt, Harford County Federal Installation Administrator; Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, Director, Network-CFT; Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive; and Len Parrish, director of the Harford Office of Community & Economic Development, are shown cutting the ribbon of U.S. Army Futures Command’s Network-Cross Functional Team (N-CFT) office that opened Dec. 2 in Havre de Grace, just outside the APG gate. (Courtesy Harford County Government)