Victory Leads Bears Past Curry With Record Breaking Performance

Derek Victory
Derek Victory

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior quarterback Derek Victory had a record setting afternoon as he accounted for seven touchdowns leading Coast Guard to wild a 56-54 win over Curry in a New England Football Conference (NEFC). The game featured 13 touchdown passes tying an NCAA Division III record.

Victory set both school and NEFC records with 525 passing yards, a school record with 547 yards of total offense and tied a school record with six touchdowns and also ran for another in the win giving him a now Coast Guard career best 44 career touchdowns passes. He was 32 of 46 with three interceptions in the win.

Curry junior quarterback Alex Corvese threw for 519 yards and seven touchdowns in the loss. He was 42 of 63 with one interception.

Coast guard junior Darius Adams, tied a pair of records as he tied the single-game record with three touchdown receptions and the season record with his ninth TD reception. He finished with seven receptions for 213 yards and had three TD receptions for the second time this season.

Sophomore Cole Austin tied a school record as he made all eight extra points in the win.

Curry senior Jake Cawlina led the Colonels with 14 receptions for 210 yards and four touchdowns.

The teams combined for 1,217 yards, 1,044 of those in the air. Coast Guard had 614 yards of total offense including the school record 525 passing while Curry had 603 total yards, 519 in the air.

Coast Guard improves to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the NEFC while Curry drops to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

The Bears led 21-0 following a 51-yard touchdown pass from Victory to Adams with 13:21 left in  the first half. Victory opened the scoring with a 1-yard run and sophomore Jeff Porter's 5-yard run gave the Bears a 14-0 lead after one quarter.

The second quarter would feature six touchdowns, three by each team, and the key missed extra point by the Colonels.
Corvese threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to D'Aundray Burcy with 1:20 left in the first half and after the missed extra point trailed 28-20.

The Bears would get momentum back as Porter caught a 2-yard pass from Victory with 14 seconds left and Coast Guard led 35-20 at halftime.

The game featured six more touchdowns in the third quarter, again three for each team with the teams alternating scores with Curry striking first as Corvese and Victory each threw three touchdown passes in the quarter.

Corvese threw a pair of TD pass to Cawlina (4 and 52 yards) before a 33-yard pass to Anthony Nastasi.

For Coast Guard, Adams caught touchdowns of 24 and 58 while junior Camden Cecchini caught a 43-yard touchdown pass.

The Bears led 56-41 after three quarters.

Cawlina would score his fourth touchdown of the game on a 20-yard pass with 13:54 left to cut the deficit to 56-48.

Corvese threw his final touchdown pass, a 1-yard strike to Dean Anderson with 4:19 left to pull the Colonels to within 56-54, but he two point pass to tie the game was incomplete.

Coast Guard would get one first down and take some time off the clock, but had to punt on 4th-and-1 giving Curry one last chance.

The Colonels took over at their own 17-yard line with 1:56 left. Curry moved the ball to the 35-yard line and were faced with a 3rd-and-3 when freshman R.J. Robiskie had a huge sack, the first of his career, to force and 4th-and 11. Junior Will Daniels broke up the 4th down pass intended for Cawlina with 49 seconds left as the Bears held on.

Junior tight end Cody Bain had a team-high nine receptions for 114 yards while Cecchini finished with 7 receptions for 90 yards for Coast Guard.

Nastasi added ten catches for 105 yards for the Colonels.

Porter led the Bears with 36 yards rushing on 12 carries while Corvese had nine carries for 35 yards to lead Curry.



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