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Malcolm Perry runs wild, powering Navy to redemptive victory over Army

Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry makes a move and breaks free for a 55-yard touchdown run. He would finish with 304 rushing yards and two scores. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

by Ava Wallace

PHILADELPHIA — A season that began with a solemn promise in January from Navy’s senior class to Coach Ken Niumatalolo built to a euphoric crescendo Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

With one final touchdown wrought from one final scoring run from Malcolm Perry, the Midshipmen’s dazzling senior quarterback from Tennessee tossed the football into the air in celebration and swung his arm like a windmill, bunny-hopping across the end zone. It might have been the biggest show of emotion in the reserved quarterback’s career and for good reason: With a 31-7 win over Army in the 120th installment of the Army-Navy game, Navy’s seniors had kept their word.

They had promised Niumatalolo that, after a 3-10 season in 2018 that ended with a third consecutive loss to Army, they would be the ones to right the ship.