Army Beats Yale in Junior Varsity Game, 33-10

Javi Sosa. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Javi Sosa. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Furman and Wallace Combine for Bulldogs' Touchdown

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After falling behind 27-3 to Army at halftime Sunday afternoon at Frank Field, the Yale junior varsity football team played the Cadets evenly in the second half, holding them off the scoreboard on their final four drives. But that was not enough for a comeback, and Army finished with a 33-10 win.

Army ran the ball nine straight times to drive 51 yards for a touchdown on its opening drive, as quarterback Max Jenkins dove in from one yard out for the score. A 94-yard run off a toss by running back Tony Giovanelli then extended the lead to 14-0 with 4:13 left in the first.

Yale got on the scoreboard when freshman placekicker Parker Toms booted a 39-yard field goal with two minutes left in the first quarter. The big play of that drive was a 40-yard completion off play action from sophomore quarterback Henry Furman to freshman tight end Adam Conklin.

Army drove 61 yards for another touchdown on the drive after Yale's score to make it 21-3. The Cadets were looking to extend their lead on the drive after that, going with nine straight runs that got the ball from the Army 25 to the Yale 28. But when Army finally tried a pass, sophomore defensive back Kyle Aberton stepped in front of the intended receiver and picked it off at the Yale 19.

With sophomore Jake Semones in at quarterback the Bulldog offense drove to the Army 34 but a sack on fourth-and-seven from there ended the drive. The Cadets then got a 66-yard touchdown run two plays later. The extra point attempt was blocked, but Army held a commanding 27-3 lead at the half.

Army chewed up more than six minutes of clock time on its opening drive of the third quarter. The Bulldogs came up with some big plays on defense, but not enough to keep the Cadets out of the end zone. On third-and-five from the Yale 41 freshman defensive lineman Jeff Schmittgens stopped the Cadets after just a one-yard gain, but Army got the first down on the next play. Later in the drive, on third-and-goal from the Yale eight, Aberton and junior defensive end Dylan Drake chased down a toss play, but on fourth-and-goal from the four the Cadets got the touchdown. The extra point was blocked again, but Army's lead was 33-3.

Furman had a 29-yard completion to sophomore receiver Jack Bechert on Yale's next drive, then avoided a sack to break off an 11-yard run to convert a fourth-and-six in Army territory. He capped the drive with a six-yard scoring toss to freshman wide receiver Grant Wallace. Toms' extra point made it 33-10 Army at 2:05 of the third.

Yale forced the first Army punt of the day right before the end of the third quarter, setting the Bulldog offense up at the 27. But the Bulldogs got only as far as their own 40 before Furman's long pass down the left sideline on third-and-10 was broken up.

The next Army drive also ended in a punt, and this time Yale got to the Army 14, but a fumbled snap on the field goal attempt denied Yale's chance to get any points. The Elis got the ball back one more time but could not get a first down, enabling Army to run out the clock.

The Yale JV team plays again on Oct. 9 at Frank Field against Milford Academy.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity