October 2, 2013

GAME #5 PREVIEW -- Bears Look to Win Second Straight

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND (1-2, 1-0) AT COAST GUARD (1-3, 1-0)

OCT. 5, 2013 -- 1:30 -- CADET MEMORIAL FIELD, NEW LONDON, CONN.

ON THE AIR:
The game will be aired live on WXLM-980 AM. There is an audio and possibly a video stream available and those inks can be found at www.cgasports.com on the football schedule page. The video steam may not be available because of the government shutdown.

THE SERIES: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

LAST WEEK: Freshman quarterback Derek Victory making his first collegiate start threw for 261 yards and pair of touchdowns while sophomore strong safety Joe Rizzardi intercepted a pair of pass and returned them both for touchdowns leading Coast Guard to its first win of the season, a 37-20 win over Nichols, in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) opener for both teams on Parents' Weekend.

Rizzardi had both of Coast Guard's first half touchdowns as the Bears (1-3, 1-0) led 20-13 at halftime before Victory threw a pair of third quarter touchdowns to junior Collis Brown (5 catches, 53 yards, 2 TD) in the third quarter as the Bears opened up a 34-13 lead.

Western New England University set four team records en route to a 59-0 victory over Maine Maritime in the New England Football Conference opener. Western New England set records for margin of victory (old: 42 points over Plymouth State, 49-7, 2011), 740 total yards (old: 686 vs. Maine Maritime, 2010), 580 yards rushing (old: 543 vs. Framingham State, 2011) and 73 rushing attempts (old: 65 vs. Western Connecticut, 1981).

GEORGE MOVES TOWARD THE TOP SPOT: Coast Guard head coach Bill George now has 47 career wins as head coach at the Academy just one shy of John Merriman's 48 wins which are the most in program history. Merriman was the coach from (1930-1945) and the Gymnasium is named is his honor. Last 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.

BEARS PICKED SIXTH IN NEFC: Coast Guard was picked sixth in the 2013 NEFC Preseason Coaches Poll. Endicott were picked first earning four of the eight first place votes and 59 of the possible 64 points. Salve Regina garnered the other three first place votes while MIT also received a first place vote.

2013 NEFC PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1-Endicott College                               59 points (4)
2-Salve Regina University                   53 points (3)
3t-Curry College                                  43 points
3t-Western New England University  43 points
5-MIT                                                   34 points (1)
6-COAST GUARD                                28 points
7t-Maine Maritime Academy               14 points
7t-Nichols College                               14 points

(first place votes in parenthesis)

A LOOK BACK ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1963 TEAM: In 1963 NFL Hall of Famer Otto Graham led the Coast Guard Bears to the only undefeated and untied regular season in school history and the team earned a berth in the Tangerine Bowl. 

Each week, we will look back at a game in the historical season. This week, we look back at the fifth game of the season, a 19-7 win on Parent's Weekend over Worcester Tech, currently known as WPI.

Tom McCarthy accounted for all three Coast Guard touchdowns as the Bears improved to 5-0 on the season.

McCarthy caught a pair of touchdown passes from Ed Barrett from 27 and 44 yards while also returning an interception 45 yards for a score.

The Bears led 6-0 at halftime and 19-0 after three quarters.

BEAR PAIR EARN WEEKLY NEFC HONORS: Sophomores Joe Rizzardi and Tyler Henning were both honored by the New England Football Conference (NEFC) with Player of the Week honors for their outstanding performances in the Bears 37-20 win over Nichols in the conference opener for both teams.

Rizzardi earned NEFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following his huge day as he intercepted a pair of passes in the first half and returned them both for touchdowns giving the Bears a 20-13 halftime lead.

He had a 28-yard return for a touchdown in the first quarter to give Coast Guard a 10-6 lead and then had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first half which broke a 13-13 tie. Rizzardi also added six solo tackles as Coast Guard won its first game of the season.

Henning was perfect on the day making a trio of field goals from 33, 26 and 32 yards while also making all four extra point attempts and punting  three times for a 42-yard average to earn NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears look to build upon last week's win in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) opener as they play their third straight home game.

The Coast Guard offense is scoring 20.2 points per game and is last in the NEFC with 233 yards per game. The Bears are averaging 141.5 passing yards per game and a league-low 91.5 rushing yards per game.

The Bears have the top rated red zone offense in the NEFC as they are a perfect 10 for 10 inside the opponents 20-yard line with five touchdowns and five field goals.

Freshman quarterback Derek Victory led the Bears to the victory in his first collegiate start on Saturday. He is 31 of 51 for 311 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on the season.

Junior Jake Wawrzyniak leads the Bears with 65 carries for 226 yards on the season while he also has 13 receptions for 74 yards.

Senior Nick Fredericksen has a team-high 15 receptions for 116 yards while junior Collis Brown has 13 catches for a team-best 231 yards and two touchdowns. Brown now has 994 career receiving yards.

Senior Nick Fredericksen leads the team with ten receptions for 61 yards while junior Collis Brown has eight catches for a team-high 178 yards. Brown now has 939 receiving yards in his career.

The Bears defense is allowing 29.2 points per game and 451.2 yards per game, 268.8 rushing and 182.5 passing.

Senior linebacker Nick Phillips leads the team with 41 tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries. Sophomore strong safety Joe Rizzardi (39 tackles), who was named NEFC Defensive Player of the Week last week, leads the team with 29 solo tackles and two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns in the win on Saturday.

On the season, Henning is tied for the NEFC lead with six field goals, he is 6 for 7 on the season with a long of 44 yards. He is a perfect 9 for 9 on extra points this season and 48 for 48 during his career.

Coast Guard leads the NEFC in turnover margin at plus two. The Bears have turned the ball over ten times, but have six interceptions and six fumbles recovered on the season.

Sophomore Tyler Henning, the reigning NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week, is having another outstanding season as he has made all nine extra points and is 6 of 7 on field goals. He also is averaging 35.4 yards per punt this season. Henning was a perfect 39 for 39 on PAT's last season while 6 of 11 field goals and averaging 32.8 yards per punt to earn NEFC All-Bogan division honors.

SCOUTING WESTERN NEW ENGLAND: The Golden Bears are the top scoring offense in the New England Football Conference, averaging 35.3 points per game this season.

Western New England is averaging 305 rushing yards per game, second best in the NEFC, behind only Maine Maritime (371) which runs triple-option.

Junior Kevin Cook leads the ground attack with 50 carries for 258 yards and three touchdowns while freshman Terrence N'Dabian is second with just nine carries, but 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Senior quarterback John Krafick is 44 for 75 for 442 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions on the season. Junior Adam Dunne leads the team with 12 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdowns while junior Andrew Walz has six catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

The Golden Bears have the top pass defense in the NEFC allowing just 59 yards per game, but they are allowing 291.3 rushing yards per game and 350.3 total yards per game this season.

Western New England has the lowest red zone defense in the conference as they have allowed nine scores (7 TD, 2 FG) in ten trips.

Sophomore linebacker Nathan Fleming leads the team with 27 tackles while senior free safety Brandon Ormsby is second with 24 tackles and the teams only interception.


UP NEXT: Coast Guard will travel Curry next Saturday with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

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