GAME #7 PREVIEW -- Bears Host Maine Maritime on Homecoming Weekend
MAINE MARITIME (0-4, 0-2) at COAST GUARD (2-4, 2-1)
OCT. 19, 2013 -- 1:00 -- CADET MEMORIAL FIELD
** HOMECOMING WEEKEND **
ON THE AIR: The game will be aired live on WXLM-980 AM. There also both an audio and video stream available and those links can be found at www.cgasports.com on the football schedule page.
THE SERIES: Coast Guard leads 6-4.
LAST YEAR: Senior quarterback Jon Resch closed his record setting career by tying his own school-record with six touchdown passes in just over three quarters as Coast Guard beat Maine Maritime 42-13 in New London.
Resch broke three records in the game and tied another. With his six touchdown passes he set the single season school-record with 23 and the Coast Guard career mark with 38 touchdown passes. He also became the Bears all-time leading in passing yards as he finished his career with 4,569 yards. He left as the Bears all-time leader with 4,883 yards of total offense after finishing with a school-record 2,675 this season. The senior signal caller tied his own school-record of six touchdown passes set when he came off the bench during his freshman season and threw for a school-record 469 yards and six touchdowns in a 76-49 home loss to Maine Maritime.
Senior tight end Casey Paris put his name in the record books as well as he caught his school-record tying third touchdown of the game, a 28-yard pass, with 14:07 left in the game for a 42-0 lead. Resch would come back on the first for the Bears next possession and leave to a standing ovation after the first play. He was 23 of 36 for 235 yards with six touchdown passes.
Freshman kicker Tyler Henning made all six extra points and finished the season a perfect 39-for-39 on extra points.
Coast Guard finished with 439 yards of total offense to break the school-record for most offensive yards in a season. The Bears had 3,661 yards this season breaking the mark of 3,549 set in 2007.
The Bears had 270 passing yards and 169 rushing yards as sophomore Jake Wawrzyniak led the way with nine carries for 66 yards.
Paris had a team-high seven receptions for 79 yards as 11 different players recorded receptions in the win for Coast Guard.
Maine Maritime junior fullback Billy Wetherbee, who led the Mariners with 17 carries for 153 yards scored both Mariner touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He got the team on the board with a 7-yard run before breaking a 65-yard touchdown run with 4:58 left to close the scoring.
Freshman quarterback Michael Fahey carried 30 times for 122 yards as the Mariners finished with 360 total yards, 307 rushing and 53 passing.
Senior linebacker Parker Bateson had a career-high 16 tackles, 10 solo, four for loss, one sack and a pair of fumble recoveries in the final game of his career for Coast Guard.
LAST WEEK: Junior fullback Jordan Shairs rushed for 161 yards and a score and also caught a touchdown pass leading Curry to a 27-24 win over Coast Guard in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) game.
Coast Guard junior Jake Wawrzyniak's 2-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left pulled the Bears to within 27-24, but Curry recovered the onsides kick and senior Phil Bigelow (23 carries, 69 yards) converted a 4th and 1 with 2:10 left at the Bears 23-yard line to run the clock out.
Curry had 395 total yards while rushing for 275 yards and controlling the time of possession, as the Colonels had the ball for 37:18 of the games 60 minutes.
Coast Guard finished with 273 total yards, just 38 rushing. Freshman quarterback Derek Victory was 28 of 50 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Senior Nick Fredericksen had 10 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown while junior Collis Brown had eight catches for 49 yards to lead the Bears. Wawrzyniak led the Bears on the ground with 11 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Maine Maritime had a bye last week, but in their last game on Oct. 5th, they led 14-0 after the first quarter and 28-14 in the second quarter before Endicott scored 39 unanswered points or a 53-28 win. Maine Maritime led 28-21 at halftime.
Senior fullback Billy Wetherbee carried the ball 34 times for 171 yards while senior Ryan O'Neal broke off big runs and eclipsed the 100-yard mark with two touchdowns in the opening half and finished with 11 carries for 117 yards. The Mariners finished with 366 yards rushing and 399 total yards.
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 was 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 seventh game of the season, an 18-0 win over Central Connecticut.
Ed Barrett threw a pair of touchdown passes of 27 and 24 yards to Bill Peterman while Larry Hyde had a 71-yard touchdown run to account for the three Coast Guard touchdowns.
Central never got past the Coast Guard 40-yard line as the Bears defense registered their third shutout of the season.
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears return home to celebrate Homecoming Weekend and look to remain in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) race with a win over Maine Maritime.
The Coast Guard offense is scoring 24.3 points and 278.7 yards per game. The Bears, 2-4 overall, are averaging 198.2 passing yards per game and a league-low 80.5 rushing yards per game.
The Bears have the top rated red zone offense in the NEFC as they are 19 of 21 inside the opponents 20-yard line with 11 touchdowns and eight field goals.
Freshman quarterback Derek Victory, who set a single-game school record with 36 completions in just his second career start on October 5th, is 95 of 164 for 934 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season.
Junior Jake Wawrzyniak leads the Bears with 98 carries for 300 yards on the season while he also has 21 receptions for 99 yards.
Junior Collis Brown leads the NEFC with 37 catches and 524 yards with four touchdowns while senior Nick Fredericksen is second with 32 catches for 258 yards.
The Bears defense is allowing 30.3 points per game and 466.7 yards per game, 275.8 rushing and 190.8 passing.
Sophomore strong safety Joe Rizzardi leads the team with 54 tackles, 39 solo while junior defensive end Aaron Black is second with 51 tackles, 29 solo.
Sophomore kicker Tyler Henning leads the conference with nine field goals, he is 9 for 11 on the season with a long of 44 yards. Henning is fifth nationally with 1.5 field goals per game. He is a perfect 17 for 17 on extra points this season and 56 for 56 during his career.
Coast Guard leads the NEFC in turnover margin at plus one. The Bears have turned the ball over a conference-high 17 times, but have nine interceptions and nine fumbles recovered on the season for a conference-high 18 take aways.
The Bears lead the conference with nine interceptions while the offense has allowed a league-low six sacks.
SCOUTING MAINE MARITIME: The Mariners, coming off a bye week, look to pickup their first win of the season this week.
Maine Maritime is second in Division III with 369.8 yards per game. Senior Billy Wetherbee leads the Mariners triple-option attack with a league-leading 149.5 yards per game. He has 108 carries for 598 yards and two touchdowns while sophomore quarterback Michael Fahey is second on the team with 60 carries for 301 yards and a team-high four touchdowns. Fahey is 4 of 18 for 43 yards in four games this season with one touchdown and one interception.
The Mariners have 304 plays from scrimmage this season, 260 of those have been runs. They are averaging 23.8 points per game.
The Maine Maritime defense is allowing an NCAA Division III high 642.8 yards per game, 272 passing and 370.8 rushing yards per game. The Mariners are allowing 54.8 yards per game this season.
UP NEXT: Coast Guard will travel to Endicott next Saturday, Oct. 26th with kickoff set for 1 p.m.