NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore quarterback Alejandro Ros threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Cardinals defense had two fourth quarter interceptions leading Catholic to a 20-14 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game to spoil Parents' Weekend for the Bears. Both teams are now 3-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Coast Guard was playing without its starting quarterback junior Ethan Goldcamp. Sophomore Ryan Jones (14 of 31 for 152 yards), making his first collegiate start, ran for a score and threw for another.
The Bears took over on their own 20 with 44 seconds left in the game when Jones threw a 37-yard pass to senior Darius Adams, who appeared in his first game this season, giving Coast Guard the ball at the Catholic 43. Junior Isaiah Sneed would intercept Jones on the 23 yard line to ice the game for the Cardinals.
Coast Guard had another chance earlier in the fourth quarter trailing 20-14 as Jones led the Bears down to the Cardinal 30-yard line before he was intercepted by junior Joe Nacci at the 10 with 4:15 left.
Catholic finished with 331 total yards (210 passing and 121 on the ground) while holding Coast Guard to 188 yards of total offense (152 passing and 36 rushing).
Ros was 20 of 34 for 210 yards with the two touchdowns while senior Blake Gomez led the Cardinals with six receptions for 76 yards in the win. Freshman Pedro Garcia had 18 carries for 57 yards to lead Catholic on the ground.
Catholic got on the board first on a 27-yard field goal by sophomore Pearce Bartlett with 4:08 left in the first quarter. The Cardinals had a 1st and goal at the six, but settled for three points.
Coast Guard would take the lead on a 2-yard run by Jones to cap a 10 play, 88 yard drive with 9:21 left in the first half. Junior Cole Austin's PAT gave the Bears a 7-3 lead.
Catholic regained the lead just before the half when Ros threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Gomez with just 29 seconds left as the Cardinals led 10-7 at halftime. It was the first touchdown Coast Guard had allowed in 11 quarters.
The Cardinals had 200 yards in the first half while Coast Guard was held to 85.
Catholic would increase its lead as senior Luke Kern intercepted Jones giving the Cardinals the ball at the Bear 37 and three plays later Ros threw a 19-yard touchdown to sophomore Rey Riveros for a 17-7 lead with 4:12 left in the third.
Junior Chip Crowley would return the ensuing kickoff 52 yards giving the Bears excellent field position at the Cardinal 36. Jones would throw a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Cam Cecchini with 1:19 left in the quarter cutting the deficit to 17-14.
Catholic looked to make it a two score game with a 1st and goal at the 8, but the Bears defense came up big again and Bartlett booted a 21-yard field goal to the 20-14 lead with 7:15 left.
Crowley led the Bears with four receptions and finished with 38 yards while Adams had two catches for a team-high 62 yards. Cecchini had 12 carries for 36 yards to lead the Bears on the ground.
Junior linebacker Jake Behne had a game-high 12 tackles, two of those for loss while senior free safety Matt O'Donnell recorded 10 tackles for Coast Guard.
Catholic did not turn the ball over in the win, the game did however have seven fumbles, four by the Cardinals, but none of them were fumbles lost.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the #1 team in New England, Springfield, in a NEWMAC game at 1:30.
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