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Thank you to everyone who attended the Army Football Games at home during 2019.  It has been a rough year for our team, but it is not over yet.  Saturday the Black Knights will take on VMI at home and we anticipate another Army win.  The team is then set to travel to Hawaii before coming home to play Navy on December 14, 2019 in Philadelphia. 

We hope that many of you will be there to support the team and cheer them on to a win.
We know that the team will be fighting for the CIC trophy which we want to keep at West Point for at least another year.

In the meantime, you should find the following articles of interest.


Football

Game Notes: Army Hosts VMI in Home Finale

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Black Knights host the VMI Keydets on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. 

The contest will air live on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio on the call. The game can also be heard on the Army Sports Network through the TuneInapp or goarmywestpoint.com.
 

HOW TO FOLLOW
TELEVISION • CBS Sports Network
RADIO • Army Sports Network
GAME NOTES • Army Notes •  VMI Notes
LIVE STATS • GoArmyWestPoint.com
TWITTER • @ArmyWP_Football

SETTING THE SCENE
• The Black Knights close out their 2019 home slate on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET for a matchup with VMI.

• West Point is coming off a 63-7 victory over the UMass Minutemen. 

• Army will be honoring the U.S. Army Special Operations Command with their insignia on the back of its helmets.

• Saturday's contest will air live on CBS Sports Network. The game can also be heard on the Army Sports Network through the TuneIn app or goarmywestpoint.com.

THE OPENING KICKOFF
• Army finished with a season-high 546 yards of total offense (498 rushing, 48 passing) in the UMass victory. 

• West Point's 498 rushing yards on Saturday was good for 19th in program history. Since taking over as head coach in 2014, Jeff Monken and his teams own seven of the top 20 team rushing performances in program history. 

• West Point had 34 first downs in the contest, the most in a single game for the program since having 35 vs. Colgate on Nov. 18, 1989. 

• Seven different Army players scored a touchdown, the most since Sept. 1, 2017 when the Black Knights had 10 players find the end zone against Fordham.
 
Sandon McCoy recorded three touchdowns on the ground, a career-high for him. He is the first Army player to score at least three rushing TDs in a game since Kelvin Hopkins Jr. had five against Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 22, 2018.

• The 83-yard rushing touchdown by Jabari Laws against UMass was the longest rushing play from scrimmage for an Army player since Oct. 12, 2013 when Terry Baggett scampered for a 96-yard run against Eastern Michigan. 

• It is the second longest rush ever for a quarterback in the program's 129-year history.
Quarterback George Smythe had a 95-yard rush against Lebanon Valley in 1923. 

• The Black Knights have three plays of 80 or more yards this season, which is tied for the nation's lead with Oklahoma State and Clemson. 

• Army's defense held UMass to 125 total yards (26 rushing, 99 passing), a program record for the fewest yardage allowed to an FBS opponent. West Point limited UMass to just 19 yards in the second half. 

• The Black Knights limited the Minutemen to 26 rushing yards on 26 attempts, the fewest since allowing 10 to Lafayette on Oct. 15, 2016.
 
• With the 99 passing yards allowed to UMass and 16 yards allowed at Air Force, it marks the first time since 2017 that Army has held consecutive opponents to less than 100 yards passing (12/9 vs. Navy – 20 yards; 12/23 vs. San Diego State – 25 yards). 

ARMY-VMI HISTORY 
• This will be the 16th all-time meeting between Army and VMI.

• Army leads the all-time series between the two institutions, 14-1, with VMI's victory coming on Sept. 19, 1981, a 14-7 win for the Keydets. 

• All 15 games between the two academies have been played at Michie Stadium. Army is carrying a five-game winning streak against VMI heading into Saturday's contest


Riley Accepts Invite to Play in East-West Shrine Bowl

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point defensive back and senior captain Elijah Riley has accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Bowl. 
 
This year's East-West Shrine Bowl will take place on Jan. 18, 2020. Kickoff from St. Petersburg, Fla., is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on NFL Network. 
 
Riley has made 39 career starts, including 28-straight for the Black Knights. He was recently named one of 14 semifinalists for the 2019 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award. The award is given to a defensive back and is based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character.
 
A native of Port Jefferson, N.Y., Riley's three forced fumbles are tied for eighth in the nation, while his three interceptions are good for a share of 24th. He has had a hand in six takeaways this season.
 
In 41 career games, the senior has 187 tackles (133 solo), with seven interceptions, 20 pass breakups (T-2nd in program history), 26 passes defended (3rd), three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 6.5 sacks (T-18th), and 17 TFLs. He additionally has two defensive touchdowns in his career, which is tied for eighth nationally among active players. 
 
The East-West Shrine Bowl is the longest running college all-star football game in the nation. For more than 90 years, some of football's greatest athletes and coaches have contributed to the tradition of the East-West Shrine Bowl. Players like Gale Sayers, Tom Brady, John Elway, Allan Page, Dick Butkus, Brett Favre, Gino Marchetti and Walter Payton, along with coaches Don Shula, Dick Vermeil, Paul "Bear" Bryant and Jerry Glanville, to name a few, have supported the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Bowl has benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children and its mission to provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families' ability to pay for services. Players and coaches visit a local Shriners Hospitals for Children during game week to meet the patients and gain a greater understanding of the importance of the game.

 

Football

Mike Viti Named Recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award

WEST POINT, N.Y. -Army West Point fullbacks coach and military veteran Mike Viti has been named the eighth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award, it was announced by the Football Writers Association (FWAA) on Veteran's Day. 
 
Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 to honor an individual and/or a group within the realm of the sport of football.
 
Brant Ringler, executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, and Matt Fortuna, FWAA president, announced Monday that Viti was selected from a list of 38 nominations (33 individuals and five programs) as the 2019 recipient by a seven-person committee made up of FWAA members and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl officials.
 
"Coach Viti has distinguished himself as a collegiate football player, an Army veteran and now as a coach," said Ringler. "More importantly, Coach Viti has given of himself with his work with Legacies Alive in support of families of our nation's fallen heroes."
 
Fortuna added, "Coach Viti joins a list of remarkable individuals and programs that have been recipients of the Armed Forces Merit Award. He has been successful in each phase of his life as a player and coach at Army West Point, along with his service in the military and his support of Legacies Alive. With so many deserving individuals and programs, it is difficult to honor only one recipient annually."
 
"Mike is a tremendous asset to our program as a coach," said head coach Jeff Monken. "But to have a guy like him who played here, was a team captain, so well respected here at West Point and not only for what he did here but what he also did as a soldier in the Army. And he's just a tremendous leader, very humble."
 
Viti, who is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Army West Point football, co-founded Legacies Alive (LA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The mission of the Legacies Alive is to strengthen and support the Gold Star families of our nation's fallen heroes and brings national awareness to the life and character of all service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Viti oversees the strategic and executive direction of the organization.
 
"Legacies Alive has allowed me to passionately honor the sacrifice and service of my heroes," said Viti. "The interactions I have had with their Gold Star Families are some of the most powerful and influential experiences I have had in my life. It has inspired me to continue to connect our mission with more Americans so that our country's sons and daughters forever connect the freedoms and liberties they are afforded, with the sacrifice and service our fallen and their families."
 
As a player at Army West Point (2004-2007), Viti earned four varsity letters and was a team captain. He carried the ball 91 times during his career for 321 yards and three scores while catching 30 passes for 198 yards. Viti also served as a Regimental Commander during his senior year.
 
Following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 2008, Viti was stationed in Oklahoma and Colorado after being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He served with the 4th Infantry Division as well as the 214th Fires Brigade. He served in combat in Afghanistan where he was a platoon leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Viti has earned a bronze star and a combat action badge.
 
After retiring from the military as a captain, Viti embarked on Mike's Hike For Heroes, a cross country trek where he walked one kilometer for every service member killed in action in the global war on terror. He concluded the walk covering 7,100 kilometers or 4,400 miles beginning in Washington and wrapping up at the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA in Baltimore, Md.
 
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The Football Writers Association of America(FWAA, http://www.sportswriters.net) consists of the men and women across North America who cover college football for a living.  Founded in 1941, the membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations, major awards and an All-America team.  Through its website, the FWAA works to improve communication among all those who work within the game. The FWAA also sponsors scholarships for aspiring writers and an annual writing contest.  Behind the leadership of President Matt Fortuna of The Athletic, Executive Director Steve Richardson and a board of veteran journalists.

















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