Pregame leftovers: Air Force

Has another Army football season been reduced to two games?

Senior tight end Kelvin White doesn’t think so.

Army enters its game Saturday at Air Force with a 2-6 record and the Commander in Chief’s trophy season left to play. The Black Knights play Navy on Dec. 12 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Home games against Tulane (Nov. 14) and Rutgers (Nov. 21) remain on Army’s schedule.

“These games (Air Force and Navy) will define us,” White said. “But, there’s definitely not two games left literally and figuratively. Everybody wants to see us win the two academy games but we have bigger aspirations. We don’t want to lose anymore. It hurts to say it’s just another game but at the same time we have four more games left. There’s definitely going to be a little internal excitement. But, I just have to prepare like another Saturday.”

Junior safety Xavier Moss has struggled with reads and coverage in Army’s first eight games. Army coach Jeff Monken used one word when asked to evaluate Moss’ play – “improving.”

“It’s not easy to jump over there and get everything right and play perfect,” Monken said. “He’s gotten a ton better. He really takes a great deal of pride in it. He wants to be good. I’ve been proud of his effort. He’s gotten better each week. He’s missed some plays but he’s made some too.”

Both White and senior cornerback Chris Carnegie said they’ve seen in improvement in the team’s effort all season. Carnegie is disappointed that results haven’t been a product of the effort.

“We watch the tape and you can’t point out very many plays where someone is lagging at all,” Carnegie said. “It’s really frustrating because we are not getting the results that we want. But, the positive is people are giving it their all. In years before, we could see some people (not give it their all).

“I’m really excited where the program is turning. It’s (the effort) something that I haven’t seen in the four years I’ve been here. You can see the distraught feeling that people have after a loss. I think that’s what is going to make us great. How close we are every week is so frustrating. We just have to find a way to win.”

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