715th MI Battalion rallies to beat NIOC Hawaii during overtime, 42-41

Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 1st Class Jermaine Carmenia (left), scrambles out of the pocket to elude a sack. COURTESY PHOTO



The 715th Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion beat Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii 42-41 with a successful extra point attempt in overtime on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

In a quarterback duel, both QBs managed to dissect the defensive backfield, creating plays downfield. 715th MI Bn.’s Spc. Tyler Gardener had a completion percentage of 83 on 20 for 24 throws with two interceptions, four touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns.

NIOC Hawaii’s Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 1st Class (IW/SW/AW) Jermaine Carmenia went 18 for 26 on throws with a completion percentage of 69 that included six passing touchdowns and only one interception.

715th MI Bn.’s receiver Spc. Caleb Morrison was irrepressible in the first half receiving two catches in heavy coverage resulting in touchdowns.

The cover-three defense by NIOC Hawaii proved tough for the 715th MI Bn. in the first half, with a critical third down sack from Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 1st Class (IW) Johnathan Turner and an interception from Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 2nd Class (IW) Ramon Cruz.

Combined, the pairing of great defensive coverage and a methodical offense allowed NIOC Hawaii to end the first half ahead by a touchdown.

NIOC Hawaii’s offense came out in the second half with an explosive 80-yard touchdown pass caught by Information System Technician 1st Class (IW/SW/AW) D’Sean Handy.

However, the 715th MI Bn. picked up their defense by forcing pressure on Carmenia, who was driven out of the pocket repeatedly, resulting in multiple turnovers.

NIOC Hawaii led the 715th MI Bn. 35-28 with 15 seconds left in the game, but Gardener threw a deep Hail Mary pass, which was caught by team captain Staff Sgt. James Lee for a game-tying touchdown to send the game into overtime.

With the 715th MI Bn. in ball possession tied 41-41, after both teams scored on their first drive in OT, it came down to one play.

Under immense pressure from the defensive line, Gardener rolled out of the pocket towards the end zone and leaped headfirst, scoring the game winning point after touchdown.

“Both teams gave it their all,” Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 1st Class (IW) Anthony Harton said. “It was a very close game that came down to the last play. Unfortunately, we couldn’t bring the W home. I think everyone had fun though, and it was a good game.”

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