Social media reacts to Anton Hall Jr.’s heartbreaking fumble in Navy double-OT loss to Army

Social media reacts to Anton Hall Jr.’s heartbreaking fumble in Navy double-OT loss to Army

Both Army and Navy knew only one team could walk away victorious from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday.

That team ended up being Army, which took advantage of a Navy turnover in overtime — the first OT in this historic rivalry — to edge the Midshipmen 20-17. Unfortunately, the player whose turnover led to the Black Knights’ victory felt the sting of this loss more than his teammates.

Sophomore quarterback Anton Hall Jr. had a chance to give the Midshipmen a lead in the second overtime period, but instead of scoring, Hall fumbled on third-and-goal from the 2, with Army recovering.

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The Black Knights did not waste the opportunity. It used the ensuing drive to set up a 39-yard Quinn Maretzki field goal:

Army’s ecstasy was Hall’s agony. Hall was shown collapsing in grief on the sidelines as teammates and coaches consoled him. Considering that’s how Navy’s season ended (neither the Midshipmen nor the Black Knights are eligible), Hall won’t have another game to focus on to help him get off turnovers faster not recover

An earlier Hall play helped Navy take the game to overtime. He scored a 77-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, the only score from scrimmage in regulation and the longest touchdown in the history of the Army-Navy game.

Hall finished the day with seven carries for 99 yards (14.1 yards per carry) and the lone touchdown. Teammate Xavier Arline (28 carries, 102 yards) was the only rusher in Saturday’s game that completely eclipsed Hall’s rushing.

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Navy fans and neutral observers could only sympathize with Hall following the game:

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