The Navy football team used five first half turnovers to lead 17-0 at halftime over Wake. Wake used a Navy fumble on the second half kickoff to start a comeback.
The Demon Deacons cut it to 17-10 and repeatedly had Navy starting drives deep in their own territory.
Eventually Navy got a big run from Eric Kettani who had 175 yards on the ground to get into Wake Forest territory. The drive ended with Jarrod Bryant, who took over laste in the first half for the injured Kaipo Noah Kaheaku-Enhada, scored to give Navy a 24-10 lead.
Wake scored with 1:12 left to make it 24-17 but former Navy basketball point guard Corey Johnson got the onside kick. After getting one first down Navy took a knee and the game was over.
The refs didn’t help the Mids either. There were three separate instances where the referee observer at the game said there were bad calls made. All against the Mids.
There were two chop block penalties in the first half that weren’t actually penalties and on the second half kickoff the Navy player’s fumble was caused by a spear that wasn’t called.
Navy may want to review the idea of using ACC refs. Since Navy is an independant they have a contract to use ACC refs for their road games. This becomes a conflict of interest when you play an ACC team.
Overall though it was a great day for Navy who travels to Air Force next Saturday to start Commander in Chiefs trophy competition.