NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard released its 2016 football schedule which sees the Bears open the season for the second straight year on a Thursday night, September 1st at Anna Maria at 7:00.
The Bears home opener will be Saturday, September 10th against archrival Merchant Marine at 2:30 in the annual battle for the Secretaries Cup.
"There will be many new faces ready to meet the demanding challenges of football at a National Service Academy this Fall," said Coast Guard head coach Bill George, who enters his 18th season. "We once again look forward to kicking off the season under the lights on a Thursday night against Anna Maria before our home opener for the Secretaries Cup against a very tough and experienced Merchant Marine team. Then it is on to the excitement of our final season in the New England Football Conference (NEFC)."
Coast Guard will play a 10-game schedule with five home games and five away games
The Bears open NEFC play on September 24th at Salve Regina before the hosting Maine Maritime in the NEFC home opener on October 1st at 1:30 as part of Homecoming Weekend.
Parents' Weekend will be Sept 17th when the Bears host Catholic in a non-conference game at 1:30.
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