GAME #3 PREVIEW -- Bears Open Bogan Play at Mass. Maritime

COAST GUARD (1-1, 0-0) at MASS. MARITIME (1-1, 0-0)
SEPT. 22, 2012 -- NOON -- CLEAN HARBORS 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: Coast Guard leads 12-2.

LAST YEAR: 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.
     
The win snapped a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season for Coast Guard.
     
Mass. Maritime scored first before 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 and 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 before 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.
     
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 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. 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.

LAST WEEK: Sophomore Jake Wawrzyniak made the most of his first career start by carrying 35 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns leading Coast Guard to a 35-21 win over MIT in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) crossover game.

Senior quarterback Jon Resch finished the day 27 of 38 for 262 yards with a pair of touchdowns while senior tight end Casey Paris (75 yards) and sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown (41 yards) each had six catches to lead the team. Sophomore wide receiver Blak Thompson had four receptions for a team-high 80 yards. Coast Guard finished with 448 total yards, 262 passing and 186 rushing while MIT had 320 yards, 169 rushing and 151 passing.

Mass. Maritime junior quarterback Mike Stanton rushed for a pair of touchdowns and completed 13-of-17 passes for 210 yards and two more scores in a 41-13 win at Nichols. The Bucs scored on four of their first five possessions and led 27-7 at halftime. Stanton amassed 229 yards of Massachusetts Maritime's 440 yards of total offense in the victory, as the Buccaneers gained 187 yards on the ground.

AN OFFENSIVE OUTPUT FOR THE AGES: Coast Guard has scored 35 or more points in back-to-back games to start the season for the first time in the 89 year history of the football program.

The last three times the Bears scored 35 or more points in back-to-back games the team would go on to compete in postseason play that year.

The Bears did it last in 2007, a year in which the team finished 8-2 following a 10-7 loss to Curry in the NEFC Championship Game. Prior to that, Coast Guard accomplished the feat in 1996, a season in which the Bears finished 8-3 with a 17-16 loss to The College of New Jersey in the NCAA Playoffs. The offensive outburst also happened in 1988 when Coast Guard won the ECAC North Championship beating Plymouth State.

LOOKING TO MAKE MORE OFFENSIVE HISTORY: Coast Guard has never scored 35 or more points in three straight games in the history of the football program. The Bears, who scored 61 points against Mass. Maritime last season, will look to rewrite the record books this week.

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.

The Bears opened the 2012 season with a 43-37 loss to archrival Merchant Marine before posting a 35-21 win at MIT last week.

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.

NO BRAGGING RIGHTS IN THE NEFC: Last week was crossover week in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) as  the eight teams from the Bogan Division played the eight teams from the Boyd Division. Each division won four of the eight games leading up to this week's division openers.

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.

In week three, Coast Guard had to work overtime for the second time in three weeks. This time the Bears led Springfield 20-0 at halftime, but the Pride tied the game 20-20 to force overtime and Jamie Amon's 5-yard run in OT gave the Bears a 26-20 win.

Springfield missed a 34-yard field goal to begin overtime and Coast Guard needed just three plays to win the game. A 15-yard pass to Amon and a pair of 5-yard runs by Amon.

Amon had 109 yards rushing  and Al Thompson caught nine passes for 114 yards and a score as the Bears tied the school-record with ten straight regular season wins set by Otto Graham's 1962-'63 teams.

Dan Warren was 13 of 30 for 174 yards with a pair of touchdowns in the win for Coast Guard. Ben Fleming was named the Freedom Football Conference Speical Teams Player of the Week as he recovered a bad snap of a punt for a touchdown in the first quarter while defensive end Chris Raia was the ECAC and FFC Defensive Player of the Week with ten tackles, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup that was intercepted and set up a touchdown and a pair of sacks.

HONORABLE PERFORMANCES: Coast Guard sophomore running back Jake Wawrzyniak and and senior linebacker Parker Bateson each earned spots on the NEFC's weekly honor roll. Wawrzyniak made the most of his first career start by rushing for 143 yard and three touchdowns and finishing with 198 all-purpose yards while Bateson led the Bears with 13 tackles, six solo and two tackles for loss.

SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears take on the Mass. Maritime for the last time in a Bogan Division game as the Bucs will leave the NEFC after the season. The teams are not scheduled in future seasons.

Coast Guard leads the NEFC in passing yards per game (267.5) and total offense per game (429 yards) while averaging 36 points per game, third best in the conference.

Senior quarterback Jon Resch leads the NEFC with 267.5 passing yards per game and 299 yards of total offense per game. Resch is 53 of 87 for 535 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception.

Sophomore Collis Brown leads the team with 15 receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns while senior tight end co-captain Casey Paris has ten receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Blake Thompson had eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

Sophomore Jake Wawrzyniak, who had a career-high 143 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start last week, leads the team with 38 carries, 156 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Coast Guard is averaging 161.5 rushing yards per game.

The Coast Guard defense is allowing a Bogan Division-high 420.5 yards and 32 points per game. The Bears are allowing 282.5 yards rushing, the most in the NEFC and 138 yards passing per game.

Senior linebacker Parker Bateson, who had 13 tackles last week, leads the team with 20 stops, ten solo and two for loss, senior strong safety Dante Adams has 18 tackles, nine solo while senior linebacker and co-captain Curt Barrett has 17 tackles, nine solo and one for loss.

Coast Guard leads the Bogan Division in turnover margin at a plus five as the team has six takeaways, five fumbles, while turning the ball over just once in the first two games.

SCOUTING MASS. MARITIME: The Bucs play their home opener after splitting the first two games on the road.

Mass. Maritime is averaging 387 yards of total offense, third best in the NEFC and 27.5 points per game. The Bucs are throwing for 213 yards while rushing for 174 yards per game this season.

Junior Stefan Gustafson leads Mass. Maritime with 133 yards rushing and a score while junior quarterback Mike Stanton is 28 of 40 for 383 yards and two touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Keith Caruso has a team-high 10 receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown.

The Mass. Maritime defense is giving up 324.5 yards per game, 128 rushing and 196.5 passing. Sophomore linebacker Victor Andrade leads the Bucs defense with 18 tackles, 13 solo.

UP NEXT: Coast Guard will host Fitchburg State to celebrate Homecoming Weekend on Sept. 29th with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m.

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