GAME #7 PREVIEW -- Bears Hit the Road to Worcester State
COAST GUARD (3-3, 2-2) at WORCESTER STATE (5-2, 3-1)
OCT. 20, 2012 -- 1:30 PM -- JOHN COUGHLIN 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 a video stream at mascac.tv
THE SERIES: Coast Guard leads 5-2.
LAST YEAR: For the second straight week, Coast Guard lost in heartbreaking fashion, this time a missed 43-yard field goal on the final play of the game was short, and Worcester State won 31-30.
The Coast Guard defense came up big late in the fourth quarter for the second straight week. Junior Drew Russo intercepted senior quarterback Tony Tokarz in the end zone with 1:33 on fourth down to keep the deficit at 31-30.
Coast Guard moved the ball to the Worcester State 26 with three seconds left setting up the 43-yard field goal on the final play of the game. The field goal was short and the Bears, who lost on a key fumble in the closing minutes last week, lost their fourth game of the season by seven points or less.
Tokarz was 23 of 36 for 298 yards with four touchdowns including the eventual game winner, 49-yard strike to sophomore AJ Scerra on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Worcester State dominated the first quarter running 29 plays to the Bears six and outgaining them 160-2 in total yards, yet they trailed 7-6.
The Lancers scored on the final play of the half making the score 24-19 at the break.
Worcester took the lead with 5:01 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tokarz to junior Justin DeAndrade, the two-point pass was failed and Worcester State led 25-24.
It took Coast Guard just over a minute to regain the lead as the Tyler Hames scored on a 48-yard touchdown run, the Bears two-point pass failed and the score was 30-25 with 3:57 left in the third quarter.
The Lancers had 580 yards of total offense in the win, 298 passing and 282 rushing as Marcus Price led the way with 27 carries for 173 yards before leaving with an injury.
Russell led the Lancers with nine receptions for 119 yards and a score while Scerra had seven receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Coast Guard finished with 364 yards of total offense, 175 passing and 189 rushing. Owens was 15 of 27 for 175 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Hames led the way on the ground with eight carries for 98 yards. Hames also led the Bears with five receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Freshman Victor Rizzardi, junior Curt Barrett and junior Parker Bateson each had ten tackles to lead the Coast Guard defense while freshman linebacker Teddy Ferreira led the Lancers with five tackles.
Worcester State, which snapped a two-game losing streak and improves to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Bogan Division, ran 85 plays to Coast Guard's 56 and dominated the time of possession 38:39 to 21:21.
LAST WEEK: Senior quarterback Jon Resch threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Casey Paris with 2:40 left leading Coast Guard to a 31-27 win over Westfield State.
Resch was 24 of 42 for 210 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions while Paris, celebrated his birthday by leading the Bears with eight receptions for 106 yards and the touchdown.
Sophomore Jake Wawrzyniak, who was injured on the opening series last week, was cleared to play on Saturday morning and led the Bears with 32 carries for 108 yards and a pair of touchdown while also adding six receptions for 28 yards in the win.
Coast Guard finished with 381 yards of total offense, 238 passing while Westfield had 257 total yards, 166 passing.
Junior quarterback Mike McCarthy rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for a score to lead Bridgewater State to a 19-7 Homecoming win over Worcester State.
COAST GUARD AIR ATTACK AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Senior quarterback Jon Resch is averaging 335.33 yards of total offense per game, which ranks him 11th in the nation and first in the New England Football Conference. Resch, who is 168 of 276 on the year with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, has 1,894 passing yards and 118 rushing yards for a total of 2,012 total yards. Sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown is tied for 22nd nationally with 7.17 receptions per game, third best in the NEFC. Brown has 43 receptions for 392 yards and four touchdowns Senior wide receiver Pat Meggers is 29th nationally and third in the NEFC with 93.5 receiving yards per game. Coast Guard is 13th nationally with 326.3 passing yards per game
GEORGE PASSES OTTO GRAHAM: Coast Guard head coach Bill George won his 44th game as head coach at the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday moving him ahead of 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.
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 moved into second place all-time in career passing yards at Coast Guard on Oct. 6th. Resch now has 3,949 career passing yards. The Coast Guard career-record is 4,459 held by Cory Anderson (2002-'05). He passed both Bill Hucke (1980-'83), who was second all-time with 3,692 career passing yards, and Dan Warren (1994-'97) with 3,644 passing yards during the Parents' Weekend loss.
RECORDS ON THE RADAR: Jon Resch has a few single-season school records clear in sight with three games left in the season. The Coast Guard single-season records for passes completed (183), passing yards (2,160) and touchdown passes (19) are all within grasp as Resch has already completed 168 passes, 15 shy of the record, for 1,894 yards (266 short of the record) with 16 touchdowns. Resch is also closing in on the Coast Guard career record of 37 touchdown passes by Dan Warren (1994-'97) as he has 31 for his career. Resch threw eight as a freshman, including a school-record six in one game, four as a sophomore and three last season.
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 seven, Coast Guard suffered its only loss of the regular season, a 14-6 setback at home against Union. The Bears turned the ball over five times, three times in the final eight minutes as Union snapped the Bears 13-game regular season winning streak. The Bears dropped out of the East Region rankings.
The next week, the Bears shutout Plymouth State, the #1 team in New England, 19-0 taking advantage of eight Plymouth turnovers to in the battle of Freedom Football Conference unbeatens. All-American linebacker Ed Hernaez capped the game with a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown with eight seconds left in the game. Matt Bournonville had two interceptions for Coast Guard. The Bears were the new #1 team in New England, but still out of the NCAA East rankings with two games to play.
HONORABLE PERFORMANCES: Coast Guard senior tight end Casey Paris and junior free safety Evan Rothfeld earned spots on the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Weekly honor roll. Paris had eight receptions for 106 yards including the game-winnigg 30-yard touchdown catch with 2:40 left. Rothfeld had an 44-yard interception return that set up a touchdown and also forced a fumble and had five tackles.
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears play their final road game of the year before returning home for two games to close out the 2012 season.
Coast Guard is averaging 442.2 yards per game second in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) while Coast Guard's 36.8 points per game is the best in the conference. The Bears are second in the NEFC with 326.3 passing yards per game.
Senior quarterback Jon Resch, who is 11th nationally with 335.3 yards of total offense per game and leads the NEFC with 315.7 passing yard per game. He is 168 of 276 on the year with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and has 1,894 passing yards and 118 rushing yards for a total of 2,012 total yards.
Sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown is tied for 22nd nationally with 7.17 receptions per game, third best in the NEFC. Brown has 43 receptions for 392 yards and four touchdowns while senior wide receiver Pat Meggers, who is third in the the NEFC with 93.5 receiving yards per game, has 31 catches for a team-high 561 yards and five touchdowns. Senior tight end Casey Paris has 29 receptions for 358 yards and three touchdowns.
Sophomore Jake Wawrzyniak, who was cleared on the morning of the game last week, after leaving with an injury on the opening drive of the previous game, carried 32 times for 101 yards and a pair of scores last week and leads the team with 107 carries for 410 yars and eight touchdowns.
The Bears lead the NEFC in third down conversions (47.5 percent) and have the top red zone offense in the division, scoring 78.1 percent of the time (25 of 32) with 22 touchdowns and three field goals.
Coast Guard is averaging Bogan Division low 115.8 rushing yards per game.
The Coast Guard defense is allowing 428.8 yards and a Bogan Division-high 219 yards rushing per game.
The Bears are leading the Bogan Division in turnover margin, at +1.17 per game, the defense has 20 takeaways, 12 fumbles and eight interceptions.
Senior strong safety Dante Adams leads the team with 50 tackles, 31 solo while senior linebacker Parker Bateson is second with 48 tackles, 19 solo.
Freshman Tyler Henning handles all the kicking duties. He is averaging 34.5 yards per punt and is a perfect 29 for 29 on extra points while making four-of-eight field goals.
SCOUTING WORCESTER STATE: The Lancers were handed their first NEFC Bogan Division loss of the season on Saturday, but can still win a share of the final Bogan Division championship with three straight wins to finish the season.
Senior quarterback Corey Spencer is 158 of 235 for 1,830 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Junior AJ Scerra leads the NEFC with 55 receptions. He also has 629 yards and five touchdown receptions. Sophomore tight end Casey Hippert,who has 28 receptions for 200 yards and a team-high six touchdown catches, is out this week.
Sophomore running back Kemani Jones, who leads the team with 102 carries for 438 yards and eight touchdowns, is also out this week. Sophomore Mike Dance (36 carries, 265 yards, 2 TD) will get the start.
The Lancers are averaging 29.6 points and 403 yards per game, 262.6 passing and 140.4 rushing yards per game.
Junior linebacker Matt Begley leads the Worcester State defense with 58 tackles, 40 solo and nine for loss with three sacks while junior defensive lineman Bryan Narcisse is second with 46 hits, 31 solo, 8.5 for loss and a team-high 4.5 sacks.
Worcester State is allowing 24.9 points per game and 355.7 total yards, 183.3 rushing and 172.4 passing yards per game.
Senior Graham Asum leads the NEFC with a 29.9 kick return average for the Lancers with 18 returns for 538 yards and a touchdown.
UP NEXT: Coast Guard will host Framingham State, the only unbeaten team left in NEFC Bogan Division play, on Oct. 27th at 1:30 p.m.