News: Navy defeats Army in Fort Meade’s annual flag football game
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Finley
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - Sailors and Marines, stationed at Fort Meade, took home bragging rights over the Army in the post's 14th annual Army-Navy flag football game Dec. 5 held at Mullins Field.
Navy defeated Army 33-8 as Army failed to keep pace with Navy’s high powered offense in Fort Meade’s version of the historic college football rivalry between the two military academies.
“It was an awesome game,” said Capt. Donald E. Elam, commanding officer of Navy Information Operations Command Maryland. “I am very proud of the way the Navy team played tonight.”
Navy’s victory snaps Army’s four-game win streak at Fort Meade.
“We played with a lot intensity out there,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 J.T. Palilla, Navy coach. “Ultimately, I feel teamwork was the key to our victory.”
Palilla went on to say, “Joining forces with the Marine Corps, we proved service members can come together and complete any mission.”
The friendly rivalry coincides with Saturday’s Army vs. Navy college football game held in Philadelphia.
“No matter what is going on in the military, this game always gives us something to look forward to each year,” said Palilla.