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Navy runs through Peekskill in haste to Foxboro for America’s game

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Dave Mueller
Navy Midshipmen running though Peekskill with a football to be used in the 124th Army-Navy football game in Foxboro, Mass

Last night, around 7:30, flanked by multiple Peekskill Police Department officers and New York State police cars, Midshipmen from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis  trotted their way up Highland Avenue carrying a football that will be used in one of the most famous rivalries in American college athletics: the annual Army vs Navy Football Game. They were running quickly through Peekskill as it’s Army territory.

Navy Midshipmen trekking up Highland Ave with the Football for the Army-Navy Game (Dave Mueller)

As the Midshipmen ran up Highland Avenue, Peekskill police ensured their safety by briefly stopping traffic at intersections. The Navy runners made their way along Highland Avenue into downtown Peekskill, and once they made it to Busy Corner they turned left onto Main Street/ Route 6 and continued to trek down Main. Once they hit Broad Street, they turned right at the Central Firehouse and made their way up Broad Street. They then made a left onto Crompond Road and carried the ball all the way up Route 202. They Navy left Army territory around 8 pm as this reporter teased the Navy and yelled “Go Army!” the team of three midshipmen replied “Nooo! Go Navy! Hooyah!” 

Navy Midshipmen along Route 202 making their journey to Foxboro, MA. with the football for the Army-Navy Game (Dave Mueller)

In 1981 the college rivalry, known as “America’s Game,” acquired a new tradition when cadets from the U.S. Military Academy, known as the Army Black Knights, and midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy began running footballs to be used in the game from their home site to the stadium. This year is no different. But, this is the longest run yet for the Navy. In the 42nd year of the running of the football tradition, Midshipmen from the 13th Company will trek over 463 miles from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland through seven states carrying a football that will be used during the game. Each runner will cover 8-12 miles of the trek and could get up to four carries during the full trip, meaning they may carry the ball for up to 48 miles. The Midshipmen began their trek at noon on Tuesday December 5th while the Army, who has only half the running distance, began their 205 mile trek from West Point at 6 am on Thursday. 

The Army vs. Navy football game is one of the longest and most enduring college rivalries in American Collegiate History. This year the rivalry continues at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 9th, when the 124th annual classic Army vs Navy game will be played for the first time at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. 

 

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  • Navy Midshipmen past the Peekskill Central Firehouse with a football to be used in the 124th Army-Navy football game in Foxboro, Mass

  • Navy Midshipmen past the Peekskill Central Firehouse with a football to be used in the 124th Army-Navy football game in Foxboro, Mass

  • Navy Midshipmen running though Peekskill with a football to be used in the 124th Army-Navy football game in Foxboro, Mass

  • Navy Midshipmen along Route 202 making their journey to Foxboro with the Football for the Army-Navy Game

  • Navy Midshipmen along Route 202 making their journey to Foxboro with the Football for the Army-Navy Game

  • Navy Midshipmen leaving Peekskill at Crompond Rd/Rt 202 with a Football in arm to be used in the Army-Navy Game on December 9 2023

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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]