GAME #5 PREVIEW -- Battle of the Bears on Parents' Weekend
BRIDGEWATER STATE (4-1, 1-1) at COAST GUARD (2-2, 1-1)
OCT. 6, 2012 -- 1:30 PM -- CADET MEMORIAL FIELD
ON THE AIR: The game will be aired live on WXLM-980 AM and there is an audio stream at www.wxlm.fm and and video stream at www.cgabears.tv
THE SERIES: The series is tied at 3-3.
LAST YEAR: Bridgewater State scored late in the second quarter and on its first possession of the second half to take 20-2 lead enroute to a 34-16 win.
Sophomore quarterback Mike McCarthy accounted for four of the Bears' five touchdowns on the afternoon as he threw for two scores and ran for a pair.
Coast Guard had a few key turnovers in the first half, including the opening touchdown of the game, 67-yard fumble return by junior safety Eddie Jewel for a 7-0 lead with 3:51 left in the opening quarter.
Coast Guard controlled play in the first quarter with 82 total yards to Bridgewater State's 36, but the turnover was costly.
The visiting Bears had no problem moving the ball in the first half. On its second possession of the second quarter, Coast Guard drove from its own 11-yard line, 88 yards, all the way down to the Bridgewater State one, where another turnover, this time an Owens fumble kept the Bears off the scoreboard.
On the very next play, Coast Guard junior John Manganiello stopped BSU freshman running back Blaise Branch in the end zone for a safety to cut the deficit to 7-2.
McCarthy connected with junior wide receiver Jake Scott on a 23-yard scoring strike to give the host Bears a 14-2 lead late in the second quarter.
Trailing 20-2, Coast Guard made things interesting when Owens capped off a five-play, 56-yard drive with a one-yard QB sneak late in the third quarter.
But Bridgewater answered with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach.
Jon Resch, who replaced Owens in the second half, found sophomore tight end Luke Kenzik in the end zone with a 23-yard touchdown pass to cap off the scoring with just seven seconds left on the fourth quarter clock. It was the first career touchdown for Kenzik.
McCarthy completed 4 of 6 passes for 95 yards and also rushed for 50 yards on 15 attempts. Branch, who was filling in for injured running back Justin Fuller, ran for a game and career-high 111 yards on 21 carries. Bridgewater outrushed Coast Guard by a margin of 213 to 111.
Owens finished 13-for-20 for 113 yards, while Resch completed 9 for 17 passes for 120 yards. Owens also ran for 32 yards on 11 attempts. Sophomore running back Tyler Hames added 74 yards on the ground, and junior wide out Eric Gerken led all receivers with eight catches for 84 yards.
Manganiello led the Coast Guard defensive effort with seven tackles (six solo) with one tackle for loss.
LAST WEEK: Senior wide receiver Pat Meggers had a record setting day as he finished with a school-record 211 receiving yards and a school-record long 96-yard touchdown reception as Coast Guard scored touchdowns on six straight second half possessions and shutout Fitchburg State 59-0 in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division game to celebrate Homecoming Weekend.
Senior quarterback Jon Resch, who is fourth in the nation with 363.7 yards of total offense per game, was 27 of 37 for 391 yards and three touchdowns while also running for a touchdown, all in the third quarter, in the win.
The Bears offense finished with 512 yards, 427 passing and 85 rushing while holding Fitchburg State to 246 yards, 169 passing and 77 rushing. Fitchburg entered the game with top pass defense in the NEFC allowing just 97.8 yards per game.
It was the third largest shutout victory in Coast Guard history. The Bears beat New York Maritime 62-0 in 1985 and Cooper Union 61-0 way back in 1930.
Bridgewater State junior quarterback Mike McCarthy rushed for 93 yards and threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 26-14 victory over Westfield State.
AN OFFENSIVE OUTPUT FOR THE AGES: Coast Guard has scored 35 or more points in all four games for the first time in the 89 year history of the football program. The Bears are averaging 493 yards per game, 13th best in Division III and the best in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) while Coast Guard's 42.3 points per game is 16th nationally and also best in the conference.
COAST GUARD AIR ATTACK AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Senior quarterback Jon Resch is averaging 370 yards of total offense per game, which ranks him second in the nation and first in the New England Football Conference. Resch, who is 115 of 189 on the year with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions has 1,394 passing yards and 86 rushing yards for a total of 1,480 total yards in the first four games. Sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown is tied for sixth nationally with 8.75 receptions per game. Brown has 35 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns.
Coast Guard is third nationally with 357.5 passing yards per game and senior Pat Meggers, who broke the Coast Guard single-game record with 211 receiving yards on Saturday, is 16th nationally and leads the NEFC with 111.5 receiving yards per game.
GEORGE TIES OTTO GRAHAM: Coast Guard head coach Bill George won his 43rd game as head coach at the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday tying him with NFL Hall of Famer and former Director of Athletics and head football coach Otto Graham. Graham won 43 games total in his two stints as head coach (1959-'65 and 1974-'75). John Merriman's 48 wins are the most at Coast Guard, he was the coach from (1930-1945) while Nelson W. Nitchman (1946-1958) is second with 45 career wins. Coach George led the Bears to a pair of NEFC Bogan Division championships in 2006 and 2007.
RESCH HONORED BY NEFC: Jon Resch was been named the NEFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Coast Guard's 59-0 win over Fitchburg State. Resch, who is second nationally in Division III with 370 yards of total offense per game, threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for a score. All of this touchdowns came in the third quarter as Coast Guard scored 28 points to blow open a 10-0 halftime lead. He threw a school-record long 96-yard touchdown pass to senior Pat Meggers, who finished with a school-record 211 receiving yards. The previous school-record for longest pass play was in 1998 when Dave Yadrick hit Tom Wallin for 88 yards vs. Mass. Maritime.
MR. 3,000: Senior quarterback Jon Resch went over the 3,000 yard mark for his career earlier this season to become just the fifth Coast Guard quarterback in history to do so and he is now fourth all-time in career passing yards at Coast Guard. Resch now has 3,449 career passing yards. The Coast Guard career-record is 4,459 held by Cory Anderson (2002-'05). Bill Hucke (1980-'83) is second all-time with 3,692 career passing yards, Dan Warren (1994-'97) is third with 3,644 passing yards.
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.
In week five, Coast Guard won its 12th straight regular season game with a 44-28 win at Westfield State as Brian Smicklas had 152 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears started 5-0 for the first time in 34 years.
Dan Warren was 10 of 19 for 191 yards with a touchdown while Al Thompson had four catches for 83 yards. The Bears debuted at #4 in the first NCAA regional rankings.
HONORABLE PERFORMANCES: Coast Guard senior wide receiver Pat Meggers and freshman linebacker Kyle Wood earned spots on the NEFC's weekly honor roll. Meggers set the school-record with 211 receiving yards and scored a pair of touchdowns while Wood, making his first career start, had seven tackles and two sacks as the Bears recorded their first shutout since 2007.
BEARS TO HONOR COACH BOB BROOKS AT HALFTIME: Coast Guard will honor Bob Brooks, who retired after 41 years as the Coast Guard Academy diving coach. Brooks, who was inducted into the Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, was a mainstay with the swimming and diving program under head coaches Charlie Dennis and John Westkott during his time at the Academy.
During his time at the Academy Brooks coached 17 New England Finalists, nine NCAA qualifiers and five NCAA All-Americans and in 1998 he had five divers place in the top ten at the ECAC Championships.
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears, coming off their third biggest margin of victory in a shutout in school history on Homecoming Weekend, will play in front of another big crowd on Parents' Weekend this week looking be above .500 midway through the season for the first time since 2007.
Coast Guard is averaging 493 yards per game, 13th best in Division III and the best in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) while Coast Guard's 42.3 points per game is 16th nationally and also best in the conference.
Senior quarterback Jon Resch, who is second nationally with 370 yards of total offense per game and leads the NEFC with 348.5 passing yard per game, is 115 of 189 on the year with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions and has 1,394 passing yards and 86 rushing yards for a total of 1,480 total yards.
Sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown is tied for sixth nationally with 8.75 receptions per game. Brown has 35 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns while senior tight end Casey Paris is second on the team with 19 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Pat Meggers, who leads the NEFC with 111.5 receiving yards per game, has 18 catches for 446 yards and four touchodwns.
Sophomore Jake Wawrzyniak leads the team with 73 carries, 306 yards and six touchdowns on the season. He has at least one rushing touchdown in each game this season. Wawrzyniak also has 15 receptions for 109 yards. Coast Guard is averaging 135.5 rushing yards per game.
The Bears offensive line has allowed just four sacks on the season.
The Coast Guard defense, which pitched a shutout for the first time since 2007 last week, is allowing a Bogan Division-high 445.5 yards and 229.2 yards rushing per game.
The Bears are leading the NEFC in turnover margin, at plus two per game, the defense has 14 takeaways, nine fumbles and five interceptions.
Senior strong safety Dante Adams and senior linebacker Parker Bateson each have 33 tackles to lead the defense while classmate Max Walker has 29 tackles. Senior cornerback Drew Russo has two of the Bears five interceptions this season.
SCOUTING BRIDGEWATER STATE: The Bears, preseason co-favorites in the NEFC Bogan Division preseason coaches poll, are ranked fifth in New England with a record of 4-1.
The Bears defense is allowing a Bogan Division low 13.4 points and Bridgewater is second in the NEFC in total defense (253.4) and pass defense (145 yards) whilethey are third in rush defense. (108.4).
Sophomore linebacker David Silvia leads the team with 54 tackles, 38 solo while senior defensive tackle Paul Melicharek (30 tackles) leads the NEFC with 11.5 tackles for loss to go with his three sack. Junior safety Eddie Jewel has three of the Bears seven interceptions.
Junior quarterback Mike McCarthy leads the Bears offense with 306 rushing yards and five touchdowns while he is 36 of 73 for 394 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Sophomore wide receiver Adam Ledoux leads the team with 14 receptions for 191 yards while junior wide receiver Matt Green had 12 catches and leads the team with 195 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bridgewater offense is averaging 19.6 points and 336.6 yards per game, 187.4 rushing and 149.2 passing yards per game.
UP NEXT: Coast Guard will travel to Westfield State on Oct. 13th for a 1 p.m. kickoff.