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Navy Game Turns Army Footba The 1981 Army football season proved to be much better than their 3-7-1 record might indicate. Injuries to key players such as Dale Love, Steve Gerras, Greg Brockman. Dan Kessler, John Garrison, and Larry Pruitt hurt The Army Team ' s chances to live up to their preseason ratings which placed them as having the potential for a 7-4 record. Nationally-ranked Missouri was the first opponent of the 1981 season, but the Tigers found that Army was tougher than expected. The game was deadlocked until late in the fourth quarter when Mizzou posted two touchdowns. Army ' s scoring came on Gerald Walker ' s touch- down and Dave Aucoin ' s 43-yard field goal that glanced off one of the uprights. Unfortunately for the Black Knights, the two Missouri TD ' s proved enough to give them the 24-10 win. Army ' s first home game was against VMI, and the Black Knights were favored by 13 at gametime. John Garrison ' s fumble recovery and Jer- ryl Bennett ' s 20-yard scoring strike to Larry Pruitt was all Army could muster. Two second-quarter touchdowns by VMI and a scoreless second half gave VMI a 14-7 win over the Black Knights. The Cadets ' next contest against Brown renewed an old rivalry and was the first meeting of the two teams since 1944. L arry Pruitt gave Army two touchdowns — one on a 57-yard punt return and the other on a 23-yard pass from Bryan AUem. John Garrison ' s interception led to a 37-yard field goal by Aucoin. Army ' s scoring was capped in the fourth quarter with a 26-yard touchdown by Gerald Walker and Aucoin ' s ex- tra point. Brown tried to come back late in the game, but Army held oi for its first victory of the season. Un fortunately. Army lost the service of defensive standout Dan Kessler ii this contest. The next week at Harvard, Gerab Walker rushed for 153 yards and ad; ded two Army touchdowns as th ' Cadets avenged the 15-10 loss of year before. Contributing to the wii; was Al Wynder ' s 71-yard pass rei ception which set up Army ' s go ahead touchdown. Bob Wood, Jo - Hampton, and Mike Centers each re covered a fumble and Hamptoi picked off a Harvard pass. Hampj ton ' s pass interception and fumbL: recovery set up two Army fielii goals. The Cadets earned a 27-13 wiii over long-time rival Harvard. i Unfortunately, the Cadets ' driv( ' against Rutgers the following Satur , day did not equal that of the pre vious two weeks, and the Cadets fel FIRST ROW: M. Hogan, K. Dod.son, K. Kul- lander. T. Henry, R. Heather, D. Ennght. A. Wynder. J. Sharman. G. Skinner. J. Garrison, B. Ris.scr, D. Kinsella. SECOND ROW: D. Martin, K. Riley, M. Center.s, K. Sartiano. G. Bastin, R. Dauch, J. Hampton. B. Wood, D. Hruby, D. Aucoin, J. Bennett. THIRD ROW: J. Homa, T. Morgan, L. Pruitt, G. Walker, D. Harri-s. K. Meehan, J. Utley, E. Gamble. M. Sistrunk, B. Allem, P. Scanlon. T. Williams. FOURTH ROW: J. Bassil, D. Bryant, J. Hol- lingsworth, A. Cueringlon, R. Laughlin, R. Stewart, M. Baptisle, H. Aten, M. Prusiocki, M. Triplett, B. Rhodes. E. Hartley. FIFTH ROW: V. McDermott. B. McFadden, J. Gen- tile. N. Sassaman, G. Skawski, R. Reusch, S. Hanlon, B. Gibbons, R. Richardson, W. Waij dorff, A. Zarone, G. Veevaert. SIXTH RO ' C. Hope. J. Mitroka, R. Waddell, C. Swan.sor B. Bogard, D. Williams, M. Lingo, L. Carrol D. Kessler, S. Gerras. P. Sweeney. J. Rone K. Murphy. SEVENTH ROW: Mgrs. S. Re val, D. Morrison, B. Adams, J. Johnson, W. Hogan. EIGHTH ROW: COL Walton, Coac:
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Season Around Rutgers 17-0. The only valid .] my scoring attempt was nullified ly a penalty. ' nnceton came to West Point only be beaten 34-0 in Army ' s first h itout in eleven years. Gerald Valker proved to be the key to the ictory, rushing for 172 yards and ;iving Army two touchdowns. .arry Pruitt pulled a 53-yard TD la.ss from Bennett in the third quar- er, and Jim Utley scored his first ai-eer TD. Dave Aucoin added two nore field goals. Apparently Walker ' s rushing made he news in Boston because the Bos- on College defense held him to just . ' 7 yards. In fact, the BC defense to- ally dominated the game and held rmy to six points. Those six points, however, came on a 79-yard touch- lown pass from Allem to halfback Todd Williams. Army ' s defense ap- )eared weak as the Eagles trounced A: derson, Coach Johnson, Coach Neel, Coach T. affe. Coach Epley, Coach Cavanaugh. Ci ich Wilson, Coach Burnett, Coach Sea- gr-ves. Coach Beatty, Coach Fahnestock. MAJ Dinoto. the Black Knights 41-6 before a near sellout crowd at Michie Stadium. Air Force, too, had a hand in trim- ming the hopes of a winning Army season by rallying in the fourth quarter to a first-minute touchdown and a last-second interception. Be- hind by four points. Army ' s Dino Harris saw the pass from Bennett picked off in the end zone as time ran out. The end of the season looked bleak as losses and injuries mounted. Holy Cross added to the loss column with a 28-13 game; Army lost Gerald Walker in the third quarter with bruised ribs. Pitt, top-ranked nation- ally had little difficulty winning 48-0 at Panther Stadium. The networks arranged for Army to have an extra week to recover before the Navy game in Philadelphia. Despite the setbacks and the injur- ies, the Black Knights finished the season with an impressive 3-3 tie with 19-point-favorite Navy. Individual honors were bestowed upon several Army players. Dan En- right, the team captain, was selected to play in both the Hula Bowl and the Japan Bowl. All-East Honorable Mention players from Army includ- ed defensemen Dodson and Love, and Mike Williams was named to the First Team All-East and given Hon- orable Mention Ail-American. Of- fensive star halfback Gerald Walker was named to the Second Team All- East. In addition, Army punter Joe Sartiano set an NCAA record in the Navy game with an average of 57.6 yards for five punts. Another Army player deserves praise not only for his outstanding performance on the field, but also in the classroom. Starting Guard Rick Waddell was selected to receive a Rhodes Scholarship for his studies in Portuguese. FOOTBALL SEASON RECORD Army Opponent 10 Missouri 24 7 VMI 14 23 Brown 17 27 Harvard 13 Rutgers 17 34 Princeton 6 Boston College 41 3 Air Force 7 13 Holy Cross 28 Pittsburgh 48 3 Navy 3 MIDDLE AND ABOVE: Hula Bowl and Ja- pan Bowl participant Dan Enright. LEFT: Rhodes Scholar and Guard Rick Waddell.
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