Bears Place Ten on NEFC All-Division Team
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Coast Guard, which registered its first winning season since 2007, placed ten players on the New England Football Conference (NEFC) All-division team voted on by the eight head coaches in the Bogan Division.
Coast Guard finished 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the division, the final year of the two division format in the NEFC. Eight of the ten players earned All-division honors for the first time. The Bears put three players on the first team and seven on the second team.
"It is a tremendous honor for these guys, who took a lot of pride and played hard on every practice and game snap," said Coast Guard head coach Bill George. "They worked hard, finished with a winning record and deserve every accolade that they receive."
Senior record-setting quarterback Jon Resch, senior wide receiver Pat Meggers and senior linebacker Parker Bateson were all named to the first team, earning All-division honors for the first time in their careers.
Resch rewrote the Coast Guard record book this season as he set single-season school records with 215 completions, 360 attempts, 2,514 passing yards, 2,675 yards of total offense and the 23 touchdowns. He also set a school-record with the longest pass play, a 96-yard touchdown pass to Meggers. Resch leaves as the Bears all-time leader with 4,569 passing yards, 4,883 yards of total offense and 38 touchdowns.
Meggers, who made the move to wide receiver from running back for his final season, had a huge year with 42 receptions while leading the team with 746 yards and seven touchdowns. He finished his career with 1,044 receiving yards.
Bateson led the Bears with 83 tackles, 46 solo, ten for loss to go with a pair of sacks and two fumble recoveries. He was named the NEFC Defensive Player of the Week in the final week of the season when he recorded a career-high 16 tackles, 10 of which were solo stops. He recorded four tackles for loss, had a sack, and recovered two fumbles in the win over Maine Maritime.
The Bears had four offensive players named to the second team including three linemen, who all earned All-division honors for the first time in senior center Jed Daleiden, junior guard Mike Vitrano and senior tackle Jacob Bibb.
Senior tight end Casey Paris, who was also a second-team selection in 2009, earned a spot on the team as he was second on the team with 43 receptions for 527 yards and six touchdowns.
The Bears had a pair of defensive players earn second team honors as senior defensive end John Manganiello, a first team selection last year, along with junior defensive back Evan Rothfeld were named to the team.
Manganiello finished with 39 tackles, 26 solo, four for loss, a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery.
Rothfeld had 32 tackles, 26 solo, two interceptions and led the team with three fumble recoveries and a pair of blocked kicks.
Freshman kicker Tyler Henning rounded out the All-division selections after a solid rookie season in which he was a perfect 39-for-39 on extra points and made six of ten field goals including a 27-yarder in overtime to beat Worcester State 31-28.