Posted: Sep 28, 2011 12:56 AM by Lee Douglas
Updated: Sep 28, 2011 3:26 AM
There is a lot on the line Saturday in Annapolis in the annual Air Force - Navy football game - most notably the prestigious Commander in Chief's Trophy and a spring trip to the White House to meet the President.
Air Force beat Navy 14-6 last season at Falcon Stadium. That was the first Air Force win over the Midshipmen in 8 years. The Falcons went on to beat Army and reclaim the Commander in Chief's Trophy. Prior to last year the trophy remained at Navy for seven straight years.
Overall Air Force has won the Commander in Chief's Trophy 17 times, Navy has 12 wins and Army 6. Saturday's game is just the first step in the trophy competition. But the winner of the Air Force - Navy game has gone on to win the trophy every year since 1997.
Saturday's game will be loaded with emotion. Navy wants revenge for that bitter loss a year ago and they want the trophy back. The Falcons don't want to give it up and the Air Force seniors want their chance to visit the White House.
According to Air Force senior quarterback Tim Jefferson this is a game like no other. Jefferson said, "In a typical football game you come out and your juices are flowing especially on the first couple of drives. After a while it kind of wears down and you just get into the regular flow of the game. During a service academy game, especially against Navy, those juices stay flowing throughout the entire game."
Jefferson was also recruited by Navy and almost went to the Naval Academy. Last week he became the winningest quarterback in Air Force football history. He says last year's win over the Midshipmen, is one of the two most important victories in his Air Force career. The other is the win over Georgia Tech in last season's Independence Bowl.
Air Force and Navy kick off at 10:00 a.m. our time on Saturday at Navy - Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.