October 24, 2012

GAME #8 PREVIEW -- Bears Host Framingham State

FRAMINGHAM STATE (7-1, 5-0) at COAST GUARD (4-3, 3-2)
OCT. 27, 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 a video stream at mascac.tv

THE SERIES: The all-time series is tied 3-3.

LAST YEAR: Sophomore running back Melikke Van Alstyne carried 39 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns as Framingham State clinched its first ever New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division title with a 14-7 win over Coast Guard on a bitter cold, windy and rainy day.
     
The Rams scored on the opening drive of the game as Van Alstyne capped a nine-play, 56 yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown run. Framingham State missed the extra point and led 6-0 with 10:28 left in the first quarter.
     
Coast Guard took the lead late in the second quarter when backup quarterback junior Jon Resch threw a 30-yard touchdown to senior Stephen Spotts. Senior Jacob Shackleford added the extra point giving the Bears the 7-6 lead.
     
The Rams took their first possession of the second half and drove 54 yards in six plays to regain the lead for good. The Rams ran a reverse on their first play of the half and sophomore Tyrone Figueroa picked up 18 yards. Van Alstyne carried the ball the remainder of the drive eventually scoring his second touchdown of the game, this one from 15-yards out, on a 4th and one. The Rams went for two and Van Alstyne barreled into the end zone giving the Rams a 14-7 lead with 10:29 remaining in the third.
     
Framingham's defense came up with the big plays once again in the final minute as freshman Olajuwon Dickerson deflected a pass at the line of scrimmage and Jake Wawrzyniak was tackled short of the first down marker at the Rams 17 to ice the game.
     
The Rams finished the game with 214 yards of total offense, while the Bears finished with 210. The Rams rushed for 163 yards and threw for just 51, while the Bears had more success in the air throwing for 123 yards and rushing for just 87.
     
Spotts led the Bears with five receptions for 91 yards while Tyler Hames led Coast Guard with 15 carries and 65 yards in the loss. Owens was 6 of 18 for 68 yards with two interceptions while Resch was 7 of 16 for 55 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
     
The Bears defense was led by David Britten and John Manganiello who each has 11 tackles, while Nick Peters picked up 10.

LAST WEEK: Freshman Tyler Henning kicked a 27-yard field goal in overtime as Coast Guard beat host Worcester State 31-28 in the Bears final road game of the season.

Worcester State junior Derek Muccini missed a 35-yard field goal on the Lancers overtime possession before Henning's winning kick.

The Bears, who had a streak of seven straight losses in games decided by seven points or less, dating back to last season, have now won a pair of close games in back-to-back weeks.

Coast Guard senior quarterback Jon Resch ran for three touchdowns including a 5-yard run with 33 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 28-28. Resch was 17 of 35 for 306 yards while also throwing for a touchdown. Resch set the single-season school records for yards (2,200) and completions (185) in the win. He also eclipsed the 4,000 yard mark for his career and now has 4,255 passing yards. Senior Pat Meggers led the Bears with six receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown as Coast Guard finished with 405 total yards.

Junior running back Melikke Van Alystyne rushed for a school record 294 yards on 36 carries to rally Framingham State to a 30-16 victory over Westfield State. Van Alystyne only scored one touchdown, a two-yard plunge for the game's final score, but he rushed for 189 of his yards in the second half to rally the Rams from a 13-6 halftime deficit.

BEAR PAIR NAMED NEFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Jon Resch and freshman kicker Tyler Henning were named Players of the Week by the New England Football Conference (NEFC). Resch ran for three touchdowns including a 5-yard run with 33 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 28-28. He was 17 of 35 for 306 yards while also throwing for a touchdown and adding 43 rushing yards on ten carries in the win.

Henning made by far the most important field goal of his young career with a 27-yard game winner in overtime while also making all four of his extra points in the Bears first overtime win since 1997. Henning is a perfect 33 of 33 on extra points this season and he is 5-for-9 on field goal attempts.

COAST GUARD AIR ATTACK AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Senior quarterback Jon Resch is averaging 337.3 yards of total offense per game, which ranks him 10th in the nation and first in the New England Football Conference. Resch, who is 185 of 311 on the year with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, has a single-season school record 2,200 passing yards and 161 rushing yards for a total of 2,361 total yards. Senior wide receiver Pat Meggers is 23rd nationally and third in the NEFC with 99.4 receiving yards per game. Coast Guard is 12th nationally with 323.4 passing yards per game

GEORGE MOVES INTO SECOND PLACE TIE: Coast Guard head coach Bill George won his 45th game as head coach at the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday tying him with Nelson W. Nitchman (1946-1958) with 45 career wins second most at the Academy. John Merriman's 48 wins are the most at Coast Guard, he was the coach from (1930-1945) and the Gymnasium is named is his honor. Earlier this season, George passed
NFL Hall of Famer and former Director of Athletics and head football coach Otto Graham, who had 43 wins in his two stints as head coach (1959-'65 and 1974-'75). Coach George led the Bears to a pair of NEFC Bogan Division championships in 2006 and 2007.

RARE AIR : Senior quarterback Jon Resch became just the second quarterback in Coast Guard Academy history to go over the 4,000 yard passing mark in his career on Saturday. He now has 4,255 career passing yards and is 204 yards shy of the career-record of 4,459 held by Cory Anderson (2002-'05).

RECORDS FALL, MORE IN DANGER: Jon Resch and the Coast Guard offense have had a record setting season. He set a pair of single-season records on Saturday for completions (185) and yards (2,200). He is two shy of the single-season record of 19 touchdown passes set by Dan Warren in 1996. Resch is also closing in on the Coast Guard career record of 37 touchdown passes by Dan Warren (1994-'97) as he has 32 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.

Resch has 375 career completions, 50 shy of the record of 425 held by Cory Anderson (2002-'05) and he is 47 attempts shy of the single-season record of 358 set by Bill Hucke in 1983.

The team is closing in a few offensive records as well. Coast Guard is 274 passing yards shy of the single-season school record of 2,538 yards set in 1983 as well as 21 completions shy of the record of 212 completions also set during the 1983 season. The single-season record for touchdown passes is 21, set in 2009, the Bears are three shy of that mark. Coast Guard has 191 completions for 2,264 yards and 18 touchdown passes this season.

The single-season school record of offensive yards is 3,549 set in 2007. The Bears have 3,059 this year, 490 yards shy with two games left.

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 nine, the Bears registered their second straight shutout for the first time in 34 years beating WPI 44-0 to clinch a share of the Freedom Football Conference Championship setting up the winner take all game at Merchant Marine during the final week of the season.

Dan Warren threw for 168 yards and three touchdowns while Jamie Amon rushed for a career-high 127 yards and two scores.

Coast Guard moved back into the East rankings with a win, tied for sixth with Buffalo State, only the top four teams go to the NCAA Playoffs, so the Bears still needed a win at Merchant Marine and some help the following week.

FEINDEL'S NUMBER TO BE RETIRED AT HALFTIME: For the first time in school history, the Coast Guard Academy will retire a uniform number as All-American softball pitcher Hayley Feindel's number 16 will be retired at halftime.

The All-American finished her magnificent career as the NCAA Division III all-time leader in wins (124), strikeouts (1,457), innings pitched (1,029.7), games (160), games started (156), complete games (140) and she is second all-time in Division III with 62 shutouts. She had a career-record of 124-30 with nine no-hitters and a pair of perfect games.

During her four years, she led the Bears to four straight NCAA tournament appearances, three straight NEWMAC regular season (2009, 2010, 2011) and tournament championships (2010, 2011, 2012). Coast Guard had never won a NEWMAC regular season or tournament championship and never appeared in the NCAA tournament before she arrived on campus. The Bears had a four-year record of 139-40-1, the most wins over a four-year period in school history.

Feindel, was the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) Player of the Year and a three-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. She had scoreless innings streaks of 55 and a career-best 75 innings during the 2011 season.

HONORABLE PERFORMANCE: Coast Guard senior cornerback Drew Russo had a pair of interceptions and five tackles last week to earn a spot on the NEFC's weekly honor roll.

SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears, who ended side tracked Worcester State's hopes of a NEFC Bogan Division title last week helping Framingham State, look to postpone the Rams celebration this week.

Coast Guard is averaging 437 yards per game second in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) while Coast Guard's 36 points per game is also second best in the conference. The Bears lead the NEFC with 323.4 passing yards per game.

Senior quarterback Jon Resch is tenth nationally with 337.3 yards of total offense per game and leads the NEFC with 314.3 passing yard per game. He is 185 of 311 on the year with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and has 2,200 passing yards and 161 rushing yards for a total of 2,361 total yards.

Sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown leads the team with 46 receptions for 461 yards and four touchdowns while senior wide receiver Pat Meggers, who is third in the NEFC with 99.4 receiving yards per game, has 37 catches for a team-high 696 yards and a team-high six receiving touchdowns. Senior tight end Casey Paris has 34 receptions for 428 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 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Bears are third in NEFC in third down conversions (45.2 percent) and have the top red zone offense in the division, scoring 80.6 percent of the time (29 of 36) with 25 touchdowns and four field goals.

Coast Guard is averaging Bogan Division low 113.6 rushing yards per game.

The Coast Guard defense is allowing 442.4 yards, 203.1 yards rushing per game, both last in the conference.

The Bears are leading the Bogan Division in turnover margin, at +1.43 per game, the defense has 23 takeaways, 13 fumbles and ten interceptions.

Coast Guard also is the best in the NEFC converting 70 percent of the time on 4th down (14 of 20).

Senior strong safety Dante Adams leads the team with 61 tackles, 41 solo while senior linebacker Parker Bateson is second with 55 tackles, 26 solo. Senior cornerback Drew Russo has four of the team's ten interceptions this season while sophomore Aaron Black (45 tackles) leads the team with four sacks.

Freshman Tyler Henning handles all the kicking duties. He is averaging 33 yards per punt and is a perfect 33 for 33 on extra points while making five-of-nine field goals.

SCOUTING FRAMINGHAM STATE: The Rams, the #2 team in New England, look to win their second consecutive NEFC Bogan Division championship with a win this week and the right to host the NEFC Championship Game on Nov. 10th.

Junior running back Melikke Van Alstyne needs just 81 yards to reach the 4,000 yard mark for his career. He was the NEFC Bogan Division Offensive Player of the Year last season and leads the conference with 217 carries, 1,184 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns this season. He also has 14 receptions fors 181 yards.

Freshman quarterback Matt Silva is 90 of 144 for 1,111 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions in six games this season.

Senior Alex Avery leads the team with 31 receptions for 318 yards with three touchdowns.

Framingham is averaging 30.9 points and 394.5 total yards per game, 231.1 rushing and 163.4 passing.

The Rams have the top defense in the NEFC allowing just 11.6 points, 215 yards, 64.8 rushing yards and 150.2 passing yards all tops in the conference.

Senior defensive tackle James Muirhead leads the team with 57 tackles, 38 solo, 13 for loss and 6.5 sacks. while junior linebacker Michael Altavesta is second wtih 50 tackles, 33 solo to go with 8.5 for loss.

UP NEXT: Coast Guard will host Maine Maritime to close out the 2012 season on Nov. 3rd at noon.

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