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Navy batters Fordham 52-16 in 2016 season opener

Sep 03, 2016 06:31PM ● By Jake Russell
By Jake Russell

The Navy Midshipmen began a new chapter after four memorable years under the leadership of quarterback Keenan Reynolds, unanimously regarded as one of the greatest players in the program's history.

With senior Tago Smith starting under center, it didn't take long for the blue and gold to get into a rhythm against the Fordham Rams on Saturday. The Mids took a 35-10 halftime lead before claiming their first win of the season, downing the Rams, 52-16.

Smith ran for two first-quarter touchdowns before leaving with an injury early in the second quarter but the team didn't miss a beat. Will Worth replaced Smith and ran for a touchdown two plays later. Smith still finished the game as the team's second-leading rusher with 97 yards on 10 carries.

At the end of the third quarter, Worth was replaced by freshman Malcolm Perry, who attended the game in the stands in his dress whites and quickly changed into a Navy football uniform. Perry started Navy's junior varsity game on Friday night.

Junior running back Chris High, who ran for just 31 yards in his career prior to Saturday, led Navy with 176 yards on 10 carries and ran for two touchdowns.

This is the 16th time since 2013 that Navy has scored at least 40 points. The Mids have won 18 of their last 20 games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, including their last 11.