Red Wolves win in West Point; will play St. Mary's in semifinals for 3rd straight year

WEST POINT, NY ( - Arkansas State will return to the DI-A semifinal for the second-straight year after beating Army 36-20 at West Point Saturday.

The Red Wolves jumped on the board in the second minute when center Zac Mizell froze the defense with a step and then forced his way into pay dirt. Pat Sullivan hit the conversion to put ASU up 7-0.

Army fly half Will Holder then slotted a penalty to keep the Black Knights within a score from the lead, but they wouldn't remain there for long.

The Red Wolves reeled off back-to-back tries to extend their lead to 19-3. Freshman wing Josh Chomieszewski scored the first by finishing off a backline move from a five-meter scrum, and center Dean Gericke the second after fielding a kicked ball charged down by Sullivan.

Army roared back, though, with Holder slotting his second penalty, scoring a try and converting it.

"He's a stud," said Arkansas State coach Matt Huckaby of Holder, who quarterbacks the relatively straight forward Army attack. "They play a perfect style for their personnel, and especially the fact that they've got a good kicker."