- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 5, 2006

DURHAM, N.C. — Navy’s seniors needed one more victory to set the modern-day program record for wins by a class going into their game yesterday at Duke.

Modern football is loosely defined as the time since the inception of the forward pass, and the Midshipmen looked decidedly un-modern in rolling to a 38-13 win against the Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Navy (6-3) opened the game with 27 consecutive running plays before quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada’s first pass was batted down at line of scrimmage with a little less than five minutes left in the second quarter.

“I came into the game thinking we’d throw the ball more but we didn’t have to,” Navy coach Paul Johnson said. “We didn’t do everything perfect, but we did enough good things to get the win.”

Navy’s senior class has now won 32 games, one more than the class of 1982 and four behind the group that graduated in 1909.

The Mids racked up 435 yards on the ground on 70 attempts. It marked the second-highest rushing total for Navy this season and the fourth-most by any Division I-A team.

Kaheaku-Enhada had his first career 100-yard game, leading the Mids with 119 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. On the play after his first passing attempt of the day, Kaheaku-Enhada scampered for 48 yards but fumbled at the end of the run. It was his only big mistake of the day.

“I felt a lot better coming into this game compared to Notre Dame [a 38-14 loss on Oct. 28],” Kaheaku-Enhada said. “There was a lot of stuff on my mind going into to the Notre Dame game, but this week I was relaxed and focused.”

Junior fullback Adam Ballard finished with 104 yards on 27 carries.

Johnson said he challenged the 6-foot-1, 223-pound bruiser earlier this week to shoulder more of the burden in short-yardage situations with quarterback Brian Hampton out for the season.

Ballard scored Navy’s second touchdown on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 and capped the Mids’ streak of 38 consecutive points with a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter. He had only one touchdown in the team’s first eight games despite being second in both attempts and yards.

“Yeah, it was nice to get in the end zone, man,” Ballard said. “I don’t really look at that stuff but it was nice to get in there twice. I was about to spike the ball [the first time], but then I thought, ‘Nah.’ ”

Sophomore slotback Shun White had 86 yards on five carries, including a 39-yard touchdown run to put Navy ahead 21-6. Junior slotback Reggie Campbell had 43 yards on nine carries and hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Kaheaku-Enhada. That pass capped a 15-play, 80-yard scoring march to open the second half and chewed up nearly seven minutes.

Navy’s defense looked suspect on the first drive of the game as Duke opened the scoring with a five-play, 70-yard drive. But the Mids stiffened, forcing three punts and stuffing a fourth-and-short on Duke’s next four possessions.

With the victory, Navy is bowl eligible and will return to North Carolina to play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 30 in Charlotte against an ACC opponent that has yet to be determined. The seniors will be the first class to play in four bowl games.

“It is a privilege to go to any bowl game but four in a row is unheard of here at Navy,” senior linebacker David Mahoney said. “It is definitely good to set history and be in the history books for anything.”

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