GAME #2 PREVIEW -- Bears Travel to MIT
COAST GUARD (0-1) at MIT (1-0)
SEPT. 15, 2012 -- NOON -- STEINBRENNER STADIUM
ON THE AIR: The game will be aired live on WXLM-980 AM and there will be an audio stream and video stream link at www.cgasports.com on the football schedule page.
THE SERIES: This is the first meeting between the two schools.
LAST WEEK: Senior John-Leon Gosselin ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns as Merchant Marine won a shootout 43-37 over Coast Guard to retain the Secetaries' Cup for the second straight season. The Mariners had 396 yards rushing on 74 carries and finished with 521 yards of total offense while Coast Guard had 410 total yards, 273 passing. Coast Guard senior quarterback Jon Resch was 26 of 49 for 273 yards and four touchdowns and he also ran for 47 yards to finish with 320 yards of total offense while sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown had a career-high nine receptions for 76 yards. Junior Tyler Hames led the Bears with 98 yards rushing on just 11 carries while also registering seven receptions for 59 yards. Coast Guard did not turn the ball over while Merchant Marine lost three fumbles in the game. Merchant Marine wore down the Coast Guard defense holding a huge edge in time of possession 38:24 to 21:36.
MIT started off the season with a with a late touchdown that negated a furious comeback attempt by Becker for a 28-21 victory. The Hawks scored 21 fourth quarter points to erase a 21-0 deficit, but sophomore Alexander Chumbley scored from seven yards out with 1:06 left to give MIT the win. With 56 seconds left on the clock Becker nearly came back again. Junior Russell Spivak sacked Becker quarterback Robert Baker for an 18-yard loss on the Hawks first play, but Baker completed a pass for 31 yards to C.J. Bostic to the MIT 39. Baker's next pass was intercepted, however, on the sideline by sophomore Cameron Wagar to seal the win for MIT.
BEARS LOOK TO WIN THE CLOSE ONES THIS YEAR: If one were to bring a script to Hollywood about a team that loses last minute heartbreakers over and over again, the story of last season for Coast Guard would not be believed. The Bears have had four games decided in the final minute and lost five games by seven points or less. The Bears lost the season opener against Merchant Marine 35-28 on a touchdown pass with eight seconds left.
Last week, the Bears opened the 2012 season with a 43-37 loss to archrival Merchant Marine.
BEARS PICKED 7TH IN PRESEASON POLL: Coast Guard has been picked to finish seventh in the Bogan Division in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Pre-Season Coaches Poll.
The Bogan Division coaches voted both 2011 Division champion Framingham State University and Bridgewater State University as co-favorites to win the Division. Each institution received four first place votes, two second and two third place votes each. Each team garnered 58 of a possible 64 points. Westfield State University finished a distant third in the Bogan balloting with 41 points.
In the Boyd Division, defending NEFC champion Western New England also received 58 points with three first place picks, four seconds and a third. Right on the tail of the Golden Bears were Salve Regina University and Endicott College. Each totaled 54 points with Salve Regina taking three first place slots, and Endicott chosen for the top spot on two ballots.
The final NEFC Championship game, pitting the champions of the Bogan and Boyd Divisions, will be held on Saturday, November 10 at noon at the site of the Boyd Division Champion.
OUT WITH THE OLD ... IN WITH BLUE: Coast Guard has changed its helmet this season and for the first time the Bears are wearing blue helmets. The old helmets were orange with an interlocking CGA while the new helmets feature the newly designed orange bear head on the helmet.
BREAK 'EM UP: This will be the final season of the New England Football Conference's two-division format as eight teams will leave the conference. The eight remaining teams that will make up the new NEFC will be Coast Guard and Maine Maritime from the Bogan Division and Curry, Endicott, MIT, Nichols, Salve Regina and Western New England.
A LOOK BACK ON THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SECOND NCAA PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: In 1997, the Coast Guard Bears won their second straight Freedom Football Conference (FFC) and made the program's second consecutive appearance in the NCAA playoffs. Each week, we will look back at a game or games in that magical season in which the team finished 9-2.
Week two of the 1997 season saw the Bears edge Mass. Maritime 13-8 at Buzzards Bay. Matt Bournonville intercepted a pair of passes in the final three minutes to seal the win. Jamie Amon had a 96 yards rushing and a touchdown while the defense held the Bucs to 100 yards of total offense. Matt Hammond blocked a punt late in the third quarter which gave Coast Guard the field position advantage for the rest of the game. The Bears climbed from fourth to first in the ECAC New England Division III poll.
HONORABLE PERFORMANCES: Coast Guard senior quarterback Jon Resch and senior strong safety Dante Adams both earned a spot on the NEFC Honor Roll last week. Resch accounted for 320 yards of total offense as he threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns while Adams recorded a career-high 15 tackles, eight solo.
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears looks to bounce back from the season-opening 43-37 loss to Merchant Marine and pickup their first win of the season in the first ever meeting with MIT during crossover week in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) as the eight teams for the Bogan Division take on the eight teams from the Boyd Division for the last time. Coast Guard and MIT will be two of the eight teams that remain in the NEFC next season.
Senior quarterback Jon Resch was outstanding in the opening day loss as he accounted for 320 yards of total offense, with 273 yards passing and 47 yards rushing with four touchdown passes. The Bears offense had 410 yards and did not turn the ball over.
Junior running back Tyler Hames led the ground attack with 11 carries for 98 yards while also catching seven passes for 59 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown had a career-high nine receptions for 76 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Bears defense allowed 521 yards last week, including 396 on the ground against Merchant Marine's tripe-option offense. The Mariners converted 11 of 15 on third down and dominated time of possession 38:24 to 21:36. Coast Guard did force three turnovers, all fumbles.
Senior strong safety Dante Adams led the way with a career-high15 tackles, eight solo while classmates cornerback Drew Russo and linebacker Curt Barrett each added ten tackles for the Bears.
SCOUTING MIT: The Engineers opened the season with a 28-21 home win over Becker as sophomore Justin Wallace rushed for 148 yards and a pair of scores. MIT rushed for 225 yards and had 405 yards of total offense in the game.
Junior quarterback John Wenzel was 12 of 21 for 163 yards with a touchdown as the MIT offense did not turn the ball over in the win. Sophomore Brad Goldsberry had seven receptions for 103 yards to lead the Engineers.
The MIT defense gave up 382 passing yards and 434 yards of total offense to Becker as the Hawks were 36 of 52 passing with a pair of interceptions. Jack Laux had a team-high 14 tackles, five solo and 1.5 for loss for the Engineers.
UP NEXT: Coast Guard travels to Buzzards Bay, Mass. to take on Mass. Maritime on Saturday, Sept. 22 with kickoff set for noon.