• Erin Summers

Undefeated Black Knights Head To Ball State

by Erin Summers

Don't bother asking Army Head Coach Jeff Monken about their 4-0 start, he's only focused on what's next.

As for the week four match-up win over the University of Miami (Ohio) RedHawks, Monken said that they were the best team Army has faced all year, and he was happy to walk away with another victory.

"It was a thrilling victory because we feel like we beat a good team, and it's great to win at home," Monken said. "I think the pride of winning here at Michie Stadium and defending our home turf is really important to us."

University of Miami (OH) runningback David Afari is tackled by an Army Black Knights defender during their football game on September 25, 2021 at Michie Stadium, USMA @ West Point

It was Army's fourth win in as many games this season, and marked their 13th straight win at Michie Stadium.

Quarterback Christian Anderson made his third consecutive start, and had a career day on the ground with 236 rushing yards and two touchdown runs of more than 70 yards each.

Rushing was the name of the game for the Black Knights, with 384 total yards on the day all coming on the ground. In fact, Army only attempted five passes all game. One of those attempts, late in the fourth quarter, ended with a hit on Anderson forcing him to leave the game with an arm injury.

"It's a painful injury he's got," Monken related. "Fortunately it's not anything broken or anything like that, so we're just going to see how it progresses, and we're not sure on the timeline with it right now."

Army's defense again showed out, holding Miami (OH) to just 28 yards rushing.

"I thought our defense did a good job," Monken said, "[We] put pressure on the quarterback, and the biggest thing was we did a good job stopping the run."

Army finished the game with two sacks, one coming from linebacker Andre Carter, II, bringing his total to five in the season, which is third in the country.

A goal-line stand in the fourth quarter by the Army defense set up a 99-yard drive from the offense that ended in an Anthony Adkins 4-yard touchdown run.

"We emphasize winning in the endzone," senior co-captain and nose tackle Nolan Cockrill said. "Offense does a great job of it. On defense, every time we get down there, the intensity is just heightened, and it's just always great to be able to get the ball back to the offense and keep points off the board."

While the Black Knights have enjoyed their home field advantage, they will travel to Muncie, Indiana on Saturday, October 2 for a match-up against Ball State.

The Ball State Cardinals are 1-3 for the year, and are coming off of a 22-2 loss to Toledo despite a record-setting day by wide receiver Justin Hall. Hall boasts 3,061 receiving yards at Ball State for their school record and is currently the nation's active career leader in receptions, with 281.

Army plans to utilize their ground attack and eat up the clock. The Black Knights currently lead the country in time of possession at 40 minutes per game.

edited for web by Joe Harman