Navy’s Brandon Palmer returns a kick off during the 30th Annual Fort Detrick Army/Navy flag football game, Oct. 29. The game brought Soldiers, Sailors and Marines together on Blue and Gray Field and saw Navy upset the Army team with a 21-20 victory. Photo by Tom Jester, USAG VI
Played since 1987, the game is a Fort Detrick tradition, with the teams meeting every year except 2012 when Hurricane Sandy forced its cancellation. While Navy was victorious this year, Army still holds a commanding edge over the Sailors with a record of 25-4 in the series.
This year’s contest was tight from the opening kickoff, with Navy’s defense swarming, keeping the Soldier’s from moving the ball early, and as the first half came to a close, the Navy led 14-6. Army received to start the second half and moved down the field, scoring on a run by Sgt. Derek Scirrotto, then making the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14.
Both teams moved the ball through the second half without scoring, then Army broke the deadlock with a touchdown, leading 20-13 with minutes remaining. As the clock ticked under a minute Navy scored, and after making the extra point pulled ahead for a 21-20 win.
As the game ended and Sailors, Marines and Soldiers lined up and shook hands, then the Sailors lifted the winner’s trophy. U.S. Army Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Jordan smiled as he watched from the Army sideline, telling the Navy team, “Don’t get used to that now!”