GAME #9 PREVIEW -- Bears Host Maine Maritime in Season Finale
MAINE MARITIME (0-8, 0-6) at COAST GUARD (4-4, 3-3)
NOV. 3, 2012 -- NOON -- 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 www.cgabears.tv
THE SERIES: Coast Guard leads 5-4.
LAST YEAR: Senior quarterback Jarrod Owens threw for a career-high 334 yards and four touchdowns passes while also rushing for a touchdown, all five touchdowns in the first half, as Coast Guard closed out a frustrating season with a 52-15 win over Maine Maritime.
Owens was 33 of 57 for 334 yards with the four touchdowns and no interceptions while also rushing for 44 yards and a score. The 33 completions was one shy of the school record of 34 set by current backup quarterback Jon Resch vs. Maine Maritime in 2009 and Jeff Hagan vs. Trinity in 1985.
Sophomore Tyler Hames led the Bears with 17 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown as he was also the Bears leading receiver with a 13 receptions for 111 yards, both career highs.
Junior Eric Gerken had ten receptions for 84 yards and set the single-season school record with 70 receptions breaking the previous record of 61 set by Kelly Hatfield in 1984. He finishes his Coast Guard career with 137 receptions, 1,442 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.
The Bears opened a 31-0 lead, scoring on five of their first six possessions, before the Mariners' Nick Bourassa returned a kickoff 78 yards for his fourth career touchdown return to get MMA on the board.
Coast Guard finished with 496 yards of total offense and 30 first downs on the afternoon.
The Mariners were limited to 252 yards, mostly in the second half. Maine Maritime, which had 56 yards of offense in the first half.
Junior Joe O'Loughlin closed the scoring with a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown for the Bears.
Senior linebacker Nick Peters paced the Coast Guard defense with nine tackles, including a pair for losses. Junior Dante Adams, wreaked havoc on the Mariners offense with seven tackles. Three of his stops were for losses, including two sacks. The second sack forced the fumble that was picked up by O'Loughlin.
LAST WEEK: Junior running back Melikke Van Alstyne eclipsed the 4,000 rushing yard mark for his career as he rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown as Framingham State wrapped up its second straight New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division championship with a 39-3 win over Coast Guard.
Coast Guard senior quarterback Jon Resch, who was 10th nationally with 337.3 yards of total offense per game and led the NEFC with 314.3 passing yards per game, was knocked out of the game with a concussion on the Bears first possession of the second quarter. He finished 7 of 14 for 79 yards in the loss.
Maine Maritime lost to Bridgewater State 48-21 as the Bears scored on their first seven possessions of the game. Bridgewater's Ben Desmarais rushed for three touchdowns and Mike McCarthy threw a 42-yard touchdown and added a six-yard scoring run to lead the BSU offense.
COAST GUARD AIR ATTACK AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Senior quarterback Jon Resch, who is questionable this week after sustaining a concussion last week, is averaging 303.2 yards of total offense per game, which ranks him 18th in the nation and second in the New England Football Conference despite just 65 total yards before leaving with an injury early in the second quarter last week.. Resch, who is 192 of 324 on the year with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, has a single-season school record 2,279 passing yards and 147 rushing yards for a total of 2,426 total yards. Senior wide receiver Pat Meggers is 37th nationally and fourth in the NEFC with 92.5 receiving yards per game. Coast Guard is 21st nationally with 303 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 Oct. 20th 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 Oct. 20th. He now has 4,334 career passing yards and is 125 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 has already set a pair of single-season records for completions (192) and yards (2,279). 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 382 career completions, 43 shy of the record of 425 held by Cory Anderson (2002-'05) and he is 34 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 114 passing yards shy of the single-season school record of 2,538 yards set in 1983 after breaking the single-season record for completions in a season on Saturday with 214 breaking 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 214 completions for 2,424 yards and 18 touchdown passes this season.
The single-season school record of offensive yards is 3,549 set in 2007. The Bears have 3,222 this year, 327 yards shy entering the final game.
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 the final week of the regular season, Dan Warren threw three touchdown passes and Jamie Amon ran for two more and caught another as Coast Guard won the Freedom Football Conference Championship with a 34-16 win at Merchant Marine to also capture the Secretary's Cup. The Bears finished the season as the #1 team in New England with all ten first place votes.
With Ithaca's loss to Buffalo State, the Bears move ahead of the Bombers and RPI, whom the Bears beat to open the season and were heading back to the NCAA Playoffs as the #4 seed to take on East power and top-seeded Rowan.
Rowan would beat the Bears 43-0 holding Coast Guard to just 92 yards of total offense while finishing with 508 total yards.
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears look to end the season and post a winning record for the first time since 2007. Coast Guard is 4-4 overall and 3-3 in division play.
Coast Guard is averaging 402.8 yards per game and 31.9 points per game, fifth best in the conference. The Bears are second in NEFC with 303 passing yards per game.
Senior quarterback Jon Resch is second in the NEFC with 303.2 yards of total offense per game is third in the NEFC with 284.9 passing yard per game. He is 192 of 324 on the year with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and has 2,279 passing yards and 147 rushing yards for a total of 2,426 total yards.
Sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown leads the team with 50 receptions for 506 yards and four touchdowns while senior wide receiver Pat Meggers, who is fourth in the NEFC with 92.5 receiving yards per game, has 41 catches for a team-high 740 yards and a team-high six receiving touchdowns. He went over the 1,000 yard mark for his career on Saturday and now has 1,038 career receiving yards. Senior tight end Casey Paris has 36 receptions for 448 yards and three touchdowns. He is also closing in on 1,000 career receiving yards as he enters the final game of his career with 964 yards, 36 shy of 1,000.
Coast Guard is last in the Bogan Division in rushing offense (101.6), having been hit hard with injuries this season. Sophomore Jake Wawrzyniak leads the team with 118 carries for 450 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Bears are fifth in NEFC in third down conversions (42.4 percent) and have the top red zone offense in the division, scoring 78.9 percent of the time (30 of 38) with 25 touchdowns and five field goals.
The Coast Guard defense is allowing 447.9 yards last in the NEFC and 212.1 yards rushing per game ahead of only this week's opponent Maine Maritime.
The Bears are leading the Bogan Division in turnover margin, at +1.12 per game, the defense has 24 takeaways, 13 fumbles and 11 interceptions.
Coast Guard also is the best in the NEFC converting 69.6 percent of the time on 4th down (16 of 23).
Senior strong safety Dante Adams leads the team with 70 tackles, 50 solo while senior linebacker Parker Bateson is second with 67 tackles, 31 solo. Senior cornerback Drew Russo has four of the team's 11 interceptions this season while sophomore Aaron Black (48 tackles) leads the team with four sacks.
Freshman Tyler Henning handles all the kicking duties. He is averaging 33.5 yards per punt and is a perfect 33 for 33 on extra points while making six-of-11 field goals.
SCOUTING MAINE MARITIME: The Mariners are still looking for their first win of the season entering the final game of the season 0-8 overall and 0-6 in the Bogan Division.
Maine Maritime's triple-option offense is averaging 235.8 rushing yards per game, second best in the NEFC, but the Mariners have a league-low 46.1 passing yards per game.
Billy Weatherbee leads the team with 126 carries, 628 yards and six touchdowns while Ryan O'Neal is second with 53 carries, 281 yards and a score.
zzz quarterback Bradley Reed is 9 of 29 for 192 yards with a one touchdown and four interceptions. The Mariners have 16 rushing touchdowns and just one passing touchdown on the season.
Shane Sullivan is the top receiver with five catches for 124 yards and the touchdown.
The Mariners are averaging 15.8 points per game.
The Maine Maritime defense is allowing a 42.1 points, 266.1 passing and 214.8 rushing yards per game, all league-highs. The Mariners are allowing 427.9 yards per game ahead of only Coast Guard.
Brock Lawrence leads the team with 49 tackles, 30 solo while John Regis (30 tackles) has a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss.
William Alsbrooks is 14 of 17 on extra points and 0 for 3 on field goal attempts this season.