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By Ava-joye Burnett

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It is one of the greatest American sports traditions, and this year, the Army-Navy game will be right in our backyard.

The big question is who will come out on top — Army or Navy? Navy has beaten Army 14 straight times, but Army believes this is their year.

Friday night before the big game, the real battle was with the bands at the traditional Army-Navy Gala at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The lines about who will win Saturday have been drawn.

“Army. Army strong. Beat Navy,” Brooks Keel said.

“Navy. Fifteen straight years, baby. Let’s go!” said Joe Barrett.

“Can only be one, and it’s Navy,” his father, Ken Barrett, said.

On Friday night, M&T Bank Stadium was appropriately lit for America’s Game. This is the fourth time the stadium has hosted a matchup between the Navy Midshipmen and Army Black Knights.

After a 14-game winning streak, Navy is the favorite to win Saturday afternoon — but many also believe Army has a good shot at victory.

“We’re from Chicago and the Cubs won, so definitely — Army is going to win,” said Mari Beth Yearks.

Whether you are rooting for Army or Navy, this is the type of precision even civilians can appreciate.

“It just makes me proud to be an American, makes me proud to be here,” said Keel.

And even though Navy is very confident they will prevail: “Once Navy wins and everybody goes back to their corners, it’s all one big team. One team, one fight,” said Commander H. Lamont Gourdine, Naval Academy.

Those rooting for Army to win agree.

“I think it’s one mission for protection of the country. We’re hand-in-hand after that,” said Army fan Gary Yearks.

Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Saturday, but the excitement starts way before that. The parking lots open at 9:30 a.m.

If you’re staying at home, you can watch the game on WJZ-TV.

President-elect Donald Trump is also scheduled to be in Baltimore for America’s game. He is expected to honor a long-standing tradition of sitting on both sides of the field.


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