GAME # 6 PREVIEW -- Bears Look to Remain Unbeaten in NEFC
COAST GUARD (2-3, 2-0) at CURRY (1-3, 1-1)
OCT. 5, 2013 -- 1:00 -- WALTER M. KATZ FIELD, MILTON, MASS.
ON THE AIR: The game will be aired live on WXLM-980 AM. There also an audio stream available and that link can be found at www.cgasports.com on the football schedule page. The is no video stream for this week's game.
THE SERIES: Curry leads 4-0. The last meeting between the two teams was a 44-21 win by the Colonels in 2011.
LAST WEEK: Junior wide receiver Collis Brown broke a pair of school receiving records and the Coast Guard completed a come-from-behind victory for a 41-38 New England Football Conference (NEFC) win over Western New England. Brown set school record with 16 receptions and 244 yards.
Freshman Derek Victory completed a school single-game record with 36 completions as Coast Guard rallied from a seven-point deficit with just over three minutes to play to defeat Western New England in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Forced to punt with 1:28 to play the Bears seemed content to play for overtime, but the bounce of the ball had other plans. As freshman Isaiah Barrios was blocking Coast Guard sophomore Mark Behne downfield, the ball deflected of Barrios' leg and Behne alertly jumped on top of the ball, giving Coast Guard possession at the Western New England five yard line.
Sophomore place-kicker Tyler Henning drilled a 22-yard field goal with just 54 seconds to play to snap a tie and put the Bears in line for the victory. After pinning the Golden Bears at their own 28 with the ensuing kickoff, the Coast Guard defense made a final stand when it mattered most.
Curry picked up its first win of the season, with a 26-21 win over MIT.
MIT had a first and goal with just a little more than a minute to play, but the Curry defense held the Engineers out of the end zone as the Colonels held on for the win. Junior Justin Wallace led MIT with 104 yards on the ground while Curry saw senior Phil Bigelow and junior Trae Weathers run for 86 and 85 yards respectively and a touchdown each in the win.
GEORGE TIED FOR THE TOP SPOT: Coast Guard head coach Bill George now has 48 career wins as head coach at the Academy tied with John Merriman for 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 sixth game of the season, a 45-20 home win over Trinity.
The Bears led 21-0 at halftime and cruised to their sixth consecutive win.
Ed Barrett's 33-yard touchdown pass to Bill Peterman in the third quarter gave the Bears a 27-0 lead.
Coast Guard had 313 passing yards and ran for 179 yards in the win while holding Trinity to 214 passing yards and just 56 yards rushing.
Peterman had two of the Bears four interceptions on defense in the win.
BROWN, HENNING HONORED BY NEFC: For the second time in as many weeks, the Bear had two players named New England Football Conference Player of the Week. Junior wide receiver Collis Brown was named Offensive Player of the Week while sophomore kicker Tyler Henning was named Special Teams Player of the Week as announced by the NEFC.
Brown had a record setting day as he caught a single-game school-record 16 passes for 244 yard (another single-game mark) and scored a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed the ball once for a 10-yard gain.
Henning was outstanding for the second straight week to earn his second consecutive NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor. Henning made two of his three field goal tries, including a long of 35 and the game-winner in the final minute, and made all five of his extra point attempts. He also punted three times for a 39.0 yard average, including a long of 42 yards and pinned Western New England inside the 20 on another attempt.
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears, who will play their first road game since Sept. 14th, are in a three-way tie for first place in the NEFC with preseason favorites Endicott and Salve Regina, after back-to-back wins, all three teams are off to 2-0 starts in conference play.
The Coast Guard offense is scoring 24.4 points and 278.8 yards per game. The Bears, 2-3 overall, are averaging 190.8 passing yards per game and a league-low 88 rushing yards per game.
The Bears have the top rated red zone offense in the NEFC as they are 15 of 17 inside the opponents 20-yard line with eight touchdowns and seven field goals.
Freshman quarterback Derek Victory, who set a single-game school record with 36 completions in just his second career start on Saturday, is 67 of 114 for 699 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions on the season.
Junior Jake Wawrzyniak leads the Bears with 87 carries for 257 yards on the season while he also has 18 receptions for 83 yards.
Junior Collis Brown, after his record-breaking performance, leads the NEFC with 29 catches and 475 yards with four touchdowns while senior Nick Fredericksen is second with 22 catches for 191 yards.
The Bears defense is allowing 31 points per game and 481 yards per game, 276 rushing and 205 passing.
Sophomore strong safety Joe Rizzardi leads the team with 49 tackles, 35 solo while junior defensive end Joel Wyman is second with 45 tackles, 15 solo.
Sophomore kicker Tyler Henning, the two-time reigning NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week, leads the conference with eight field goals, he is 8 for 10 on the season with a long of 44 yards. He is a perfect 14 for 14 on extra points this season and 53 for 53 during his career.
Coast Guard leads the NEFC in turnover margin at plus two. The Bears have turned the ball over a conference-high 15 times, but have nine interceptions and eight fumbles recovered on the season for a conference-high 17 take aways.
The Bears are also the least penalized team in the league with just 26 penalties in five games and just 46.8 yards per game, a league-low. Coast Guard also leads the NEFC with just five sacks allowed all season.
SCOUTING CURRY: The Colonels, 1-1 in NEFC play and 1-3 overall, snapped a three-game losing streak with its first win of the season last week.
Curry is averaging 25 points and 369.3 yards per game, 221.5 passing and 147.8 yards on the ground.
Senior quarterback Kevin Fruwirth is 93 of 158 for 886 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season while senior running back Phil Bigelow leads the team with 44 carries for 246 yards and a touchdown.
Junior fullback Jordan Shairs leads the Colonels with 25 receptions for 225 yards and four touchdowns.
Curry is last in the NEFC in red zone offense at 57.9 percent scoring 11 of 19 times wtih 11 touchdowns and no field goals.
The Colonel defense is allowing 32.8 points and 371.5 yards per game, 215.5 of those in the air and 156 on the ground.
UP NEXT: Coast Guard will host Maine Maritime on Oct. 19th at 1:30 as part of Homecoming Weekend at the Coast Guard Academy.