The No. 23-ranked Navy Midshipmen (10-2) earned their first win over the Army Black Knights (5-8) since 2015 and an Enterprise native took center stage in the win.
With the two sides tied 7-7 and just six seconds remaining in the first half, Navy managed to break the tie when former Enterprise Wildcat Chance Warren heaved a 1-yard touchdown pass to running back Jamale Carothers to put the Midshipmen ahead 14-7. Navy would never look back, going on to a 31-7 victory, dominating the second half.
On the play, Warren caught a pitch on a reverse and then as Army defenders closed in on him, he heaved his first collegiate pass attempt for the tiebreaking touchdown.
That play would likely look very familiar to Enterprise fans, too. The Wildcats ran an almost carbon copy of the play under former head coach David Faulkner when Warren played at Enterprise.
The play, which Enterprise called “Orange Flip 17 Reverse Pass,” became well known as the “Philly Special” after the Philadelphia Eagles made it popular in Super Bowl LII in 2018.
The pass was Navy’s only pass attempt in the entire game.
“It was great execution by those guys,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “It was a heck of a catch and Chance was able to get it off. We practiced it a lot in the last week.
“(Offensive coordinator Ivan) Jasper said, when he designed the play, ‘this play is going to win it for us.’ It was a huge play to end the first half.”
Navy completely dominated the second half and quarterback Malcolm Perry ended the game with 304 yards rushing, becoming only the fourth quarterback in FBS history to rush for more than 300 yards in a game.
Warren finished the regular season with three touchdowns, scoring a touchdown passing, rushing and receiving.
He completed 2-of-3 pass attempts for 19 yards and the touchdown on the season, while also catching five passes for 50 yards and another touchdown. Warren also rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on four rushing attempts. Warren also returned six kickoffs for 119 yards.
Navy’s connection to Enterprise didn’t stop with Warren, though, as the Midshipmen paid tribute, during the game, to EHS grad Joshua Watson and the other victims of the recent shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Watson’s shipmates from the Navy’s 10th Company wore red, white and blue ribbons pinned to their lapels at the game and Navy defensive captain Nizaire Cromartie also worse a special memorial patch in honor of Watson, Airman Mohammed Haitham and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters, who died in the attack.
All three were also posthumously awarded the Wings of Gold and Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly awarded Watson naval aviator status.
Army also had a Coffee County connection last week as New Brockton tight end Russell Weeks officially committed to accept a full scholarship offer to West Point. Weeks will sign his letter-of-intent with Army today, Dec. 18, at New Brockton High School.
Enterprise’s Jackson Darlington will also be signing at Air Force on Dec. 18, meaning that Coffee County will have football representatives at all three service academies.