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Army reclaims title after winning the Army-Navy game

U.S. Army team poses for a photo after winning the Army-Navy game at the Mathis Fitness Center field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 14, 2018. The Army won by a score of 13-7, dethroning the Navy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Army team poses for a photo after winning the Army-Navy game at the Mathis Fitness Center field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 14, 2018. The Army won by a score of 13-7, dethroning the Navy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, flips the coin to decide who gets the ball first during the Army-Navy game at the Mathis Fitness Center field on Goodfellow Air Force, Texas, Dec. 14, 2018. This year marked the 14th year that the Army-Navy game has taken place on Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, flips the coin to decide who gets the ball first during the Army-Navy game at the Mathis Fitness Center field on Goodfellow Air Force, Texas, Dec. 14, 2018. This year marked the 14th year that the Army-Navy game has taken place on Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cody Sykes, 312th Training Squadron fire instructor, avoids having his flag pulled, while trying to pass the ball, during the Army-Navy game at the Mathis Fitness Center field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 14, 2018. The Army defeated the Navy with a final score of 13-7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cody Sykes, 312th Training Squadron fire instructor, avoids having his flag pulled, while trying to pass the ball, during the Army-Navy game at the Mathis Fitness Center field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 14, 2018. The Army defeated the Navy with a final score of 13-7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

Joint Service Color Guard marches onto the field to present the colors during the Army-Navy game at the Mathis Fitness Center field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 14, 2018. After presenting the colors, there was the playing of “retreat” and the “national anthem” followed by the coin flip to begin the game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

Joint Service Color Guard marches onto the field to present the colors during the Army-Navy game at the Mathis Fitness Center field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 14, 2018. After presenting the colors, there was the playing of “retreat” and the “national anthem” followed by the coin flip to begin the game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- This year’s Army-Navy game marked the 14th matchup between members from the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion and the Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment, with aid from the Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow. They faced off against each other, promoting esprit de corps before the holidays at the Mathis Fitness Center field Dec. 14.

The Army took home the bragging rights and the pride of winning with a final score of 13-7.

Before the game began, the Joint Service Color Guard presented the colors, followed by “retreat” and the “national anthem.” Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, flipped the coin, determining which team would receive the ball first.

Pfc. Thomas Rahill, 344th MI BN student, spoke with local reporters as well as Goodfellow Public Affairs about what he hoped to see happen in the upcoming game.

“We are looking to take back our title this year,” said Rahill. “We have some fast guys and a quarterback with a good arm and we are looking to make it happen. Hopefully we will run them down the field like we have been practicing. We are just hoping for a really good game today.”

The Navy had no intentions of letting go of the win they secured last year by upsetting the Army’s dominating tradition.

“I hope to set a trend, and I’d like to finish my last Army-Navy game here on a win,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Cody Sykes, 312th Training Squadron fire instructor. “They have dominated before, but I hope to get the streak on the Navy side. I am out here to have fun, and obviously to get the win, but also to put a show on for everyone else that came out here to watch.”

This was the 14th year of the Navy-Army mashup, and with that came friendly rivalry and smack talk.

“With the Army there are always some words exchanged back and forth, but at the end of the day it is all for fun,” said Sykes.

One advantage the Army had against the Navy was the support that was able to come out and cheer.

“We got a ton of people out here already and the game hasn’t even started yet,” said Rahill. “It is going to be loud out here. It is going to be great.”