Looking back on the pregame predictions for Navy’s 31-13 defeat of Central Michigan on Friday …
1. Keenan Reynolds will rush for 100 yards.
INCORRECT. But it sure looked like a good call when Reynolds had 15 carries for 63 yards in the first half. He did more damage through the air, to be sure, but with a multi-possession lead for nearly all of the final 20 minutes, fullbacks Prentice Christian and Noah Copeland had plenty of work in the closing quarter.
2. Central Michigan’s Cody Wilson will record his fourth straight 100-yard receiving day.
INCORRECT. Wilson had a muted three catches for 35 yards and was never a major issue for a Navy defense that was on the field for only 44 plays. Central Michigan’s production on its final four possessions: Negative 3 yards on 12 plays.
3. Navy kicker Nick Sloan will remain perfect.
CORRECT. The freshman made all four of his extra points and connected from 37 yards out. At the season’s midpoint, Sloan has given Navy pretty much everything it could have hoped for after a preseason of uncertainty in the kicking game.
4. Noah Copeland will score touchdowns in back-to-back weeks.
INCORRECT. Right idea, wrong fullback. It was Prentice Christian who fumbled in from two yards out late in the third quarter. Copeland wasn’t a factor in the red zone, but did have 15 carries for 70 yards on another solid game.
5. Navy will win.
CORRECT. This part of yesterday’s prediction —- “This could easily turn into a ball-control day for the Mids, who used at least six plays on each of their five scoring drives a week ago” —- was spot on. Of Navy’s 10 possessions, four lasted at least 10 plays. Only two drives were shorter than seven plays —- two plays at the end of the first half and a one-play passing strike to Gee Gee Greene for a 41-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: 2-for-5
—- Patrick Stevens