NEW LONDON, Conn.--(9/24/11)--Sophomore Tyler Hames rushed for 122 yards and accounted for five touchdowns as Coast Guard celebrated the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1961 by scoring 61 points in a 61-30 Homecoming win over Mass. Maritime in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division opener for both teams.
The win snapped a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season for Coast Guard which is now 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the Bogan Division while Mass. Maritime suffered its first loss of the season dropping to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the division.
Mass. Maritime marched down the field on the opening possession of the game and junior Barry Reopell's two-yard run gave the Buccaneers a 6-0 lead with 9:28 left in the first quarter.
Hames scored three straight touchdowns on runs of 10, 30 and 23 yards and the Bears led 21-6 with 13:37 left in the second quarter.
Senior quarterback Jarrod Owens scored on a six-yard run and Hames caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from junior Jon Resch as the Bears led 35-6 at halftime.
Coast Guard had 241 yards at the half, 160 rushing while Mass. Maritime finished the first half with 122 yards, 108 of those in the air. The Buccaneers turned the ball over three times in the first half including a pair of fumbled punts.
The Buccaneers scored ten quick points in the first four minutes of the second half on a nine-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Mike Stanton to sophomore Chris Robery and a 26-yard field goal by senior Jake Bickley to make the score 35-16 with 11:16 left in the third quarter.
Owens fired a 37-yard touchdown to junior Eric Gerken and senior Jacob Shackleford added a 26-yard field goal for a 45-16 lead with 46 seconds left in the third quarter.
Mass. Maritime struck quickly on a 57-yard touchdown from Stanton to Robery to close the scoring in the third quarter making it a 45-22 game.
Hames scored his final touchdown of the game, a 15-yard run, with 12:29 left to extend the lead to 51-22.
Freshman backup quarterback John Trudel threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Keith Caruso with 6:55 left for the Bucs final points.
Shackled booted a 39-yard field goal and senior linebacker Nick Peters returned an interception 29 yards with 2:16 left to close the scoring. It was the second interception of the game for Peters, the first two of his career.
Hames finished with 19 carries for 122 yards and the four rushing touchdowns while also catching three passes for 19 yards and a score. He added 53 yards on three kick returns to finish with 194 all-purpose yards. The five touchdowns was one shy of the school-record of six set by running back John Thompson set in a 33-0 win over Middlebury in 1941.
Owens was 17 of 24 for 177 yards with a touchdown while Resch was 4 for 5 for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Gerken, who had a single-game school record 15 receptions last week, had ten receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown while also adding a 51-yard run on a reverse.
Stanton was 11 of 19 for 165 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while Trudel was five of seven for 80 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Senior Matt White led the Bucs with 19 carries and 80 yards while Reopell had 14 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown. Caruso led Mass. Maritime with six receptions for 122 yards.
Coast Guard finished with 445 yards of total offense, 226 passing and 219 rushing while Mass. Maritime had 395 yards, 245 of those in the air.
Junior Dante Adams led the Bears with nine tackles while sophomore Stefan Gustafson led the Bucs with 12 tackles, nine solo.
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