• Graham Knight

Air Force Handles Lafayette In Week 1, Looks To Navy

Reporting by Graham Knight

The Air Force Falcons got off to a fast start on the season with a convincing 35 - 14 win over Lafayette College on September 4th. Head Coach Troy Calhoun was a bit worried about the youth of his ballclub, but those concerns were eased by the end of the first quarter, when the Falcons jumped out to a 14-point lead.

Junior QB Haaziq Daniels was the conductor for a high-flying Falcons offense that put up 370 yards on the ground. Daniels scored three rushing TDs in the win.

Air Force Falcons QB Haaziq Daniels stiff-arms a Lafayette defender during the Falcons' Week 1 win over the Leopards on September 4, 2021 at Falcon Stadium

But, Air Force had a "Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside" approach to its ground game. Junior FB Brad Roberts--"Mr. Inside"--led the way with 111 yards on 25 carries, while sophomore WR Micah Davis--"Mr. Outside"--ran for 101 yards on four touches and two TDs as the Falcons' threat on the edge.

"We see it in practice all the time," Daniels said of his teammate Davis. "He's a really good player. He's really athletic so it was only a matter of time [until] he got his opportunities to make plays."

Davis added two catches on the day for 27 yards.

The Falcons' defense was stout, holding the Leopards to under 300 yards of total offense and badgering Lafayette QB Aaron Angelos all day long.

For Coach Calhoun it was not only a win, but a chance to get some young players some real-time reps.

"It's good for them to play," the 15-year head coach said after the game. "You do as much as you can to resemble and rehearse what a game's going to be like, but to be able to experience football, on game day, is, for those guys, just being able to draw from any experience they possibly can."

Next up for Air Force will be Navy, in what will most certainly be an emotionally-charged game, due in part to the 20th anniversary of 9-11.