When he scored a touchdown on a 43-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, Classical Academy running back Jake Gilbert thought that he had just scored an insurance touchdown.
Instead, that run, with 7:50 play, turned out to be the game-winning score in a 21-14 nonleague football victory at Army-Navy on Friday.
“We needed to put something together right there,’’ Gilbert said. “We had way too many mistakes.’’
In all, the Caimans (3-2) committed six turnovers -- three interceptions and three fumbles -- but still came away with the win because its defense allowed just one touchdown.
The first TD by Army-Navy (2-3) came on a 44-yard interception return by Daoshang Wang to tie the game at 7-7 in the final minute of the first quarter.
“We played great on defense,’’ Gilbert added. “Now we need to finish drives on offense.
“We can play a lot better and we’ll have to. We need to start paying attention to the details.’’
Gilbert, who carried 19 times in the first half for 119 yards, opened the scoring with a 27-yard TD run in the opening quarter.
He finished with 29 carries for 226 yards and the two touchdowns.
Classical’s other TD came on a 70-yard return of the second-half kickoff by kicker/defensive back Diego Preciado for a 14-7 lead.
In its first season in the Coastal League, Classical has won all four meetings against the Warriors, who are in the Pacific League.
Army-Navy closed the gap on Emilio Dipp’s 11-yard TD run with 3:48 to play following a fumble recovery.
But the Warriors’ final drive ended on the Classical 22 as time ran out.
Monahan is a freelance writer.