In run-up to Army showdown, Navy fends off complacency

College football

Navy Notebook

November 29, 2006|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN REPORTER

Navy has had its way with Army throughout the five-year tenure of coach Paul Johnson, whose Midshipmen have beaten the Black Knights by an average of 31 points in four previous meetings. The Mids, who are pursuing an unprecedented fourth consecutive Commander in Chief's Trophy on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, could achieve a five-game winning streak against Army for only the third time during the 107-game rivalry.

Judging by the enthusiasm it has shown in practice this week, Navy (8-3) is not letting complacency creep into its preparation. But, early in Friday morning's workout, just before the players took off for a weekend holiday break, Johnson stopped practice and threatened to restart the session. Too many players had lost focus and looked stale. Tempo was lacking.

Army vs. Navy Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, chs. 13, 9, 1090 AM, 1430 AM Line: Navy by 20

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