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Navy defeats Fordham 52-16 despite injury to Smith

Navy's Tago Smith is being seen by trainers.

Navy Routs Fordham, loses Smith to injury.

Annapolis, Maryland

Story By Deborah Leung

Photo’s By Benjamin Rogers, Jr

Navy pulled a quarterback out of the stands on Saturday, finding an unlikely replacement for injured starter Tago Smith in a victory over Fordham in the season opener.

Freshman Malcolm Perry was told to suit up and take over after Smith was lost to a knee injury early in the second quarter. Perry, who started the junior varsity game on Friday, put together a 90-yard-drive in the fourth quarter that led to a 23-yard field goal.

Navy Midshipmen fullback Chris High (33) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Fordham Rams Photo By Benjamin Rogers
Navy Midshipmen fullback Chris High (33) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Fordham Rams Photo By Benjamin Rogers

The Midshipmen were playing their first game without record-setting quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who rushed for 88 touchdowns as a four-year starter. After serving for three years as Reynolds’ backup, Smith ran Navy’s triple-option offense flawlessly until he was injured on a 22-yard run with 14:17 left in the half.

In just over one quarter of work, Smith rushed for 97 yards on 10 carries with a pair of TDs. Senior Will Worth entered and was also effective, scoring on a 7-yard run that gave the Midshipmen a 28-10 lead. He also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Toneo Gulley.

Junior fullback Chris High had 176 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns, including a 70-yard scamper, in his first career start for Navy. It was the most rushing yards by a Navy fullback since 2010.

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