By Pfc. Choi Keun-wooDecember 10, 2008
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - The 12th annual Army-Navy flag football game occurred Dec. 6 at the MWR field adjacent to Seoul American High School resulting in Navy clinching a narrow victory over Army with a 16-14 score.
Navy got an early lead with a touchdown but missed the field goal and failed to convert for 2 points. Army fought back with a quick touchdown in the next possession, but an attempted conversion pass was intercepted by the Navy defense. An impressive 98-yard run gave Navy a two-point lead going in to the second period. Scores stood at 8-6.
"My husband has been the quarterback for the Navy for the last three years," Vanassa Keane said during the game. "It's great to see them playing well today."
The narrow margin of the final score belies the actual flow of events in the second period of the game.
Navy's running throughout the second period edged over Army, and with less than a minute to play, Navy scored a touchdown and converted 2 points that all but ended Army's chance of overturning the tide of the game.
Army did manage to add 8 more points but the clock ran out and the final score stood at 16-14.
"I'm just happy we won today," said Navy wide-receiver Darrius Rhodes. "Our defense today was just excellent. All in all, it was the team effort that got us the game."
This was Navy's first win against Army in four years and their second win of the 12 annual games.
The next Army-Navy game will occur on the same weekend at the same time, next year.
"The Army-Navy flag football game is always a close and exciting game to watch," said Paul Robinson, USAG-Yongsan Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation director. "This time they got us, but who know what will happen next year. We'll just have to wait and see."