PHILADELPHIA — When the Navy football team plays Army on Dec. 8, three weeks will have passed since its last game, and events that unfolded off the field during that time are becoming part of the narrative as the Midshipmen try to reclaim the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the first time in three years.
First on the minds of Navy players and coaches is the health of teammate Ralph Montalvo, who was involved in a one-car accident on Thanksgiving night near his home. The accident left the freshman quarterback in critical condition in a Miami hospital. Midshipmen Coach Ken Niumatalolo flew to Miami to be with Montalvo and his family on Saturday, and several Navy players from Florida also visited Kendall Regional Medical Center, where Montalvo was placed in a medically induced coma.
Montalvo, who goes by the nickname Rafi, spent most of this season on the scout team but was elevated to third string following an injury to John Hendrick. Montalvo was in line to be in uniform for the Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field, where on Wednesday Niumatalolo and seniors Bo Snelson and Brye French addressed the situation during Army-Navy media day.