by Brett Anker
Army cruised to the second round of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup with a 55-10 victory over Oklahoma. Led by a three tries from flyhalf Andrew Borer, the Black Knights jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
Borer opened the scoring with a penalty in the minute and backed himself two minutes later for an early 8-0 lead. The flyhalf added his second of the day five minutes later. Until recently, Borer had been playing fullback. The back has made the transition to first receiver and is coming into his own. In all, the newly minted flyhalf tallied 30 points on the afternoon.
“He had a good day. He is a good all round player…. I thought he had his best performance running our attacking 10 of the year,” Army coach Matt Sherman said of Borer. “
Before the 20-minute mark, Torran Raby had extended the Black Knights lead to 18 nil. West Point would add one more score from Logan Weiland to increase the lead to 23-0 at the break.
“I thought when we stayed composed everything worked. We had some nice tries from set piece, from attack and created some tries through defensive pressure,” said Sherman.
Borer added another penalty and completed the hat trick at the start of the second half. The home side added two more tries before Oklahoma would get on the board with a penalty. After another penalty from Borer, Oklahoma notched its first try and the match ended 55-10.
Although Army controlled the match for most of the game and everything seemed to go its way, the team let emotion get in the way of things at times. As the Black Knights progress in the tournament, they must maintain the discipline that the service academy is well known for.
“The down side was we lost our composure. We were pretty emotional throughout the day. We were intermittent with that sort of focus throughout the day,” critiqued Sherman of his team’s performance.
Army continues to ride a hot streak but will face its toughest test since losing to BYU. After beating Utah, Navy and Oklahoma, the Black Knights will host Cal in next week’s quarterfinal action.