Continued from page 1

“I was amped,” Teich said. “We didn’t want to let that ball drop for the senior class and I was going to do whatever it took.”

It reignited the Mids, who scored five plays later. Army responded in kind with a six-play drive, setting up the field goals in the fourth quarter.

In the end, Navy wouldn’t yield its dominance, now a decade strong. Its seniors became the seventh straight class to depart Annapolis without a blemish against the Black Knights. And Niumatalolo savored the scene in his locker room as his most trying season as the Mids’ head coach before fulfilling his media obligations.

Navy did not accomplish everything it dreamed of this season – just the most important thing.

“One of the most special places to be for our program,” Niumatalolo said of his locker room after a defeat of Army. “That’s a moment that these guys will cherish for the rest of their lives.”