GAME #10 PREVIEW -- Bears Closeout Season at Endicott

GAME #10 PREVIEW -- Bears Closeout Season at Endicott

COAST GUARD (5-4, 4-2) AT ENDICOTT (4-5, 4-2)

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 on the football schedule page.

THE SERIES: Endicott leads 2-0.

LAST YEAR: Defending New England Football Conference (NEFC) champion Endicott scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and Coast Guard missed a 37-yard field goal with four seconds left as the Gulls remained unbeaten in conference with a 14-13 NEFC win over Coast Guard to spoil the Bears Parents' Weekend.

Senior Jake Wawrzyniak's 5-yard run with 7:56 left in the first half and junior Tyler Henning's extra point were the only points of the first half as the Bears led 7-0.

The Bears took advantage of a short field in scoring the only touchdown of the first half going 30 yards following a 22-yard punt.

Coast Guard junior Mark Behne intercepted senior quarterback Drew Frenette twice in the first half, including a pick in the end zone in the first quarter to keep the Gulls off the board.

Behne's returned his second interception 48 yards down to the Endicott 9-yard line, but senior Jake Cox intercepted a tipped ball to keep the Bears off the board early in the second quarter.

Endicott entered the game averaging an NEFC best 297.8 passing yards per game and finished with 217 passing yards, 112 in the first half and 105 in the second half as Frenette was 19 of 40 for 217 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Henning kicked a 39-yard field goal with 8:20 left for the only points of the third quarter as the Bears extended the lead to 10-0. Coast Guard again used a short field as they took over at the Gulls 32-yard line following a fumble recovered by senior Aaron Black.

Coast Guard held Endicott to just 13 yards while totaling 114 total yards of their own in the third quarter and led 10-0 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Endicott defense came up huge early in the fourth quarter as the Bears had a first-and-goal from the 4-yard line, but had to settle for an 18-yard field goal by Henning, who did not kick for four games earlier in the season due to an injury, and the Bears led 13-0 with 14:15 to go in the game.

Endicott grabbed the momentum when Anthony Carter returned the ensuing kickoff 32 yards to the Bears 37 yard line. On the next play from scrimmage Frenette threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Conor Crotty to and sophomore Kyle Regan's extra point made the score 13-7 with 14:03 left.

The Gull defense forced a Coast Guard punt and the Endicott offense marched 80 yards in 13 plays capped on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Frenette to junior tight end Dimitri Skinsacos with 5:55 left to tie the game. Regan kicked the point after for the 14-13 lead.

Coast Guard punted with 3:23 left, but the Bears defense then forced the Gulls three-and-out, so the offense would get one last chance with 2:22 left with great field position at their own 45 yard line.

Victory completed three passes, two to senior running back Matt Monteilh, the Bears third string running back, while Monteilh had three carries in the drive as the Bears moved the ball to the Gulls 20 yard line. Coast Guard lost their top two backs to injury earlier in the game.

Following a Monteilh rush, the Bears spiked the ball with eight seconds left and Henning came on to attempt the game winner from 37 yards out. Endicott called time out to ice the kicker and Henning then came up short on the game winning attempt.

Coast Guard sophomore quarterback Derek Victory was 25 of 46 for 228 yards with one interception and held without a touchdown pass for the first time since the season-opening loss to St. Lawrence.

Wawrzyniak led the Bears with 20 carries for 69 yards while junior tight end Mitch Holloway had a career and game-high seven receptions for 58 yards in the loss.

Junior Spencer Walsh led Endicott with 16 carries for 54 yards while senior Nate Lewis had a team-high six receptions for 49 yards in the win.

Coast Guard finished with 284 yards of total offense, 228 passing and 56 rushing while Endicott had 276 total yards, 217 passing and 59 rushing. The Bears held Endicott to just 12 first downs in the game and had the ball for 34 minutes and 39 seconds while the Gulls had the ball for 25:21.

Endicott turned the ball over three times while the Bears turned it over just once.

LAST WEEK: Graduate quarterback Tyler Ward was 22 of 25 for 216 yards with a pair of touchdowns and Western New England, ranked 1st in New England and 19th nationally, scored touchdowns of six of its first eight possessions en route to a 51-0 win over Coast Guard.

Endicott beat Curry 27-21 in quadruple overtime on Saturday. Tied 21-21 in the fourth overtime session, Endicott junior wide receiver Jake Pelletier pushed the Gulls ahead 27-21 with a 14-yard touchdown catch in the right corner of the end zone. Freshman quarterback Michael Scherer lobbed a jump ball towards the pylon and Pelletier out leaped his defender to haul in the go-ahead score. The Gulls, who were forced to go for two points per overtime rules, were stopped at the goal line on a quarterback sneak.

Endicott then went on to stymie Curry on its next possession as the Colonels went four-and-out, only producing one play worth positive yardage. Senior cornerback Tyler Calitri highlighted the final stop by the defense with a pass breakup in the middle of the end zone on the final play of the game.

BEARS TO COMPETE IN NEWMAC IN FOOTBALL BEGINNING IN 2017: It was announced in April that the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) will begin sponsoring the sport of football starting in the 2017 season. Current conference members, Coast Guard, MIT, Springfield College and WPI will be joined by Maine Maritime Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and Norwich University and Catholic, who enter the NEWMAC as associate members in 2017.

Springfield, WPI, and Merchant Marine have been participating in the Liberty League, while MIT, Coast Guard, and Maine Maritime are members of the New England Football Conference, and Norwich is a part of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference and Catholic is part of the ODAC. In addition to the connection Maine Maritime, Merchant Marine and Norwich have to Coast Guard, MIT, Springfield and WPI in football; they also have long-standing relationships with NEWMAC members in other sports.  

BEARS PICKED SIXTH IN THE NEFC PRESEASON POLL: Defending New England Football Conference Champion MIT was picked by the coaches in the Conference to repeat its NEFC title while Coast Guard has been picked sixth.

2015 POLL
1. MIT 61 (6 first place votes)
2. Western New England 56 (2 first place votes)
3. Salve Regina University 41
Endicott College 41
5. Curry College 30
6. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 25
7. Maine Maritime Academy 23
8. Nichols College 11

*Points are awarded based on position selected in the poll. A first place vote is awarded one point, a second place vote is two points, etc.

DEREK WAS THE KEY TO VICTORY: Junior quarterback Derek Victory was the key to the Bears winning three straight games for the first time in eight years this year as he did not throw an interception. In fact, Victory had just two interceptions on the season, both back in week two. He has attempted 149 passes since being intercepted in the fourth quarter at Merchant Marine. Last year, Victory was intercepted 21 times. The Bears lead the NEFC in turnover margin at at plus eight with 17 takeaways and just nine turnovers. He was injured on October 24th and will miss the rest of the season.

VICTORY REWRITES THE RECORD BOOK: Junior quarterback Derek Victory, who has started the last 24 games for Coast Guard has set four career records this season. He has 5,067 yards of total offense breaking the mark of 4,883 yards held by Jon Resch (2009-12) and Victory has 4,866 career passing yards breaking the mark of 4,569 also set by Resch. Victory also set the Academy records for a career in pass attempts (915) and pass completions (508) earlier this season.

HENNING BOOTS HIS WAY INTO THE RECORD BOOK: Senior Tyler Henning broke the career record for extra points in the win over Maine Maritime on Oct. 3rd.  He now has 98 (98 of 100) in his career breaking the mark of 87 set by David Lieberman (2004-07). Henning is also just one field goal shy of the school record of 28 held by Jacob Shackleford (2008-2011). Henning is 27 of 44 in his career.

BEARS TO HONOR BOB FLYNN IN 2015: The Coast Guard football team will pay tribute to a very special former cadet-athlete and great friend of the academy - Mr. Bob Flynn, CGA Class of 1974.  Bob served as the Chairman of the Board of the Coast Guard Foundation starting in 2008 until his tragic and sudden death in February of this year.  The Bears will wear a special decal on their helmets this season in his memory, featuring Bob's initials and a ribbon depicting his very favorite symbol – the Coast Guard Tartan print.  We will always remember Bob, and honored his service to and relentless advocacy on behalf of the academy at halftime of the home opener against Anna Maria. Members of his family served as honorary captains during the pre-game coin toss.-

COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 17th season, has a record 57 career wins as head coach at the Academy as he passed John Merriman for the most in program history in the win over Maine Maritime on Oct. 19th, 2013.

Merriman was the coach from (1930-1945) and the Gymnasium is named is his honor. In 2012, 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 TO HONOR COAST GUARD'S ANNIVERSARY: The United States Coast Guard celebrates its 225th anniversary and the Coast Guard football team will wear a 225 sticker with the Coast Guard racing stripe on the back of their blue helmet and will wear a larger sticker on the side of their white helmet with the traditional Bear head on the other side. The team will wear these helmet stickers for the rest of the season.

SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears had their NEFC championship dreams come to and end last week, but with a win Coast Guard can post six wins for the first time since 2007 when the team was 8-2 and won the NEFC Bogan Division.

Sophomore quarterback Adam Davis is 47 of 91 for 446 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions on the season. He will make his third career start this week.

Senior Jordan Groff leads the team with 46 receptions, 431 yards and three touchdowns while sophomore tight end Cody Bain (352 yards) and junior wide receiver Kyle Jackson (255 yards) each have 25 receptions on the year.

Senior Mike Clancy leads the Bears with 96 carries for 391 yards and four touchdowns.

Coast Guard is averaging 18.8 points and a league-low 253.9 yards of total offense per game, 180.1 yards in the air and a NEFC-low 73.8 on the ground. The Bears are last in the conference in time of possession with 23:56 per game.

The Bears defense is allowing 22.9 points per game, third best in the NEFC along with 444.6 yards per game, which is last in the conference, 183.4 passing and league-high 261.1 yards on the ground.

Senior strong safety Joe Rizzardi leads the Bears with 81 tackles on the season, 59 solo and leads the team with four interceptions, two of which he has returned for touchdowns. Senior linebacker Kyle Wood is second with 74 hits, 43 solo. Senior free safety Mark Behne (61 tackles) is second on the team with three interceptions and tied for the team lead with 4.5 tackles for loss to go with his team-high nine pass breakups.

Senior punter Tyler Henning, a first team All-conference and All-ECAC selection last season, leads the New England Football Conference (NEFC) and is 5th nationally with a 41.5 yard average this season. He leads the conference with 22 punts inside the 20 and 11 kicks of more than 50 yards. He also handles the kicking duties and is 6 of 11 on field goal attempts and 19 of 20 on extra points.

SCOUTING ENDICOTT: The Gulls, who are 4-5 overall and 4-2 in the NEFC, look to finish .500 or better for the seventh straight season with a win in the season finale.

Sam Ouellette is 128 of 169 for 1,508 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on the season. His favorite target is Jake Pelletier, who leads the team with 46 receptions for 575 yards and six touchdowns.

Johari Johnson is the Gulls leading rusher with 61 carries for 313 yards and two touchdowns while Spencer Walsh (67 carries, 290 yards, 1 TD) and Lavante Wiggins (60 carries, 272 yards, 3 TD) are part of Endicott's rushing attack.

The Gulls are averaging 22.6 points and 332.6 yards per game, 206.2 passing and 126.3 rushing yards per game.

William Rivera leads the team with 50 tackles, 33 solo to go with two interceptions. The Gulls lead the NEFC with 28 sacks with Craig Anderson (42 tackles) leading the conference with 8.5 sacks on the season.

Endicott is allowing 26.6 points and 352.6 yards per game, 209.6 passing and 143 on the ground.

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