GAME #5 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Travel to Washington, D.C. to Play Catholic

GAME #5 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Travel to Washington, D.C. to Play Catholic
COAST GUARD (3-1, 1-0) AT CATHOLIC (0-4, 0-1)
SEPT. 29TH -- 1:00 -- WASHINGTON, D.C.

ON THE AIR: A live video stream will be at www.cgasports.com
 
THE SERIES: Catholic leads 3-2 and the Cardinals have won three straight
LAST YEAR: 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. 
 
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.
 
The Cardinals had 200 yards in the first half while Coast Guard was held to 85.
 
Chip Crowley led the Bears with four receptions and finished with 38 yards while Darius Adams had two catches for a team-high 62 yards. Cam 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.
 
LAST WEEK: Junior quarterback Ryan Jones 3-yard touchdown run on fourth down with nine seconds left lifted Coast Guard to a dramatic 38-35 win over Norwich to capture The Mug on Parents' Weekend in the NEWMAC opener. The game featured three lead changes in fourth quarter.
 
Norwich took the lead 35-31 on a 28-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Matt Dunn (23 of 35 for 274 yards) to sophomore Manni Romero (7 receptions, 118 yards) with 4:01 left, the combo's fourth touchdown of the game, before the Bears marched 76 yard in 16 plays converting three fourth downs for the game winning score.
 
Jones would complete a 12-yard pass to sophomore Justin Moffatt on 4th and 6 from the Coast Guard 28, a 13-yard pass to Moffatt on 4th and 8 from the Norwich 19 before the game winner on fourth down.
 
Jones finished 21 of 34 for 257 yards with one touchdown and one interception while rushing seven times for 36 yards and the score.
 
Moffatt had 10 receptions for a career-high 178 yards and a score. It was the third game this season with over 100 yards.
 
Coast Guard finished with 488 yards of total offense (333 passing and 155 rushing) while Norwich had 449 yards (274 passing and 175 rushing).
 
Catholic lost its NEWMAC opener to host MIT 34-24. Highlighted by three passing touchdowns by sophomore Brady Berger, including two to sophomore Trey Carson, Catholic took a 14-point second quarter lead, but MIT scored 24 unanswered points en route to a 34-24 win.
 
The Cardinals totaled 174 yards passing in the first half as Berger completed 13-of-20 attempts. Carson had four catches for 69 yards while sophomore Pedro Garcia hauled in five receptions for 34 yards.
 
Catholic scored on four of its first five possessions, including the first three to take a 17-3 lead with 5:36 remaining in the first quarter.
 
Garcia led the Cardinals with eight receptions for 66 yards while Berger finished 18-of-31 for 270 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
 
COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 20th season, has a record 66 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 PICKED SIXTH IN NEWMAC PRESEASON POLL:  Coast Guard has been picked to finish sixth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) preseason poll. Coast Guard was 3-7 overall and 1-6 in conference play. Every conference school has voted for defending champion Springfield to repeat as NEWMAC champion getting a first place vote from all seven schools, while the Pride, which can't vote for itself, voted for WPI.
 
2018 NEWMAC Football Preseason Poll
Rank (First Place Votes)
1.   Springfield (7)
2.   WPI (1)
T3. MIT
T3. Merchant Marine
5.   Catholic
6.   Coast Guard
7.   Norwich
8.   Maine Maritime 
 
THE MEN BEHIND THE MICROPHONES: Coast Guard football will have a new broadcast team this year for the five home webcasts as Keith O'Brien (The Sports Doctor) will handle play-by-play duties while Dan Zumpano will be the color commentator for the 2018 season. O'Brien, who did several road football and some home basketball games last season for the Bears, takes over the the play-by-play duties while Zampano, a newcomer to Coast Guard football joins him in the booth.
 
DE JA VU ALL OVER AGAIN: Coast Guard is off to a 3-1 start for the second straight season and the sixth time in the last 30 years.
 
AUSTIN NAMED NEWMAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF WEEK ONCE AGAIN: Senior kicker Cole Austin was named the NEWMAC Special Teams Athlete of the Week for the second straight week. 
 
Austin had big day kicking a career-high three field goals and also making the game saving tackle.
 
He would miss a 23-yard field goal on the Bears first possession, but he would then convert three field goals in the second quarter from 21, 33 and 39 yards to give the Bears a 9-7 lead. He would make all three PAT's in the game. His biggest moment however came after the Bears took the lead with nine seconds left on the ensuing kickoff he was part of the game saving tackle at the Bear 38 to preserve the win. 
 
Austin leads the NEWMAC with eight field goals, he had made eight of nine this season and is 10 of 11 on extra point attempts.
 
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears, who play three of the next four games on the road, take their longest road trip of the season heading to Washington, D.C. where the Bears expect at large crowd from headquarters to be in attendance.
 
Junior quarterback Ryan Jones is 67 of 119 for 880 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions this season, he is second in the NEWMAC with 220 passing yards per game.
 
Jones also leads the team with 221 rushing yards on 50 carries. He is averaging 275.2 yards of total offense per game.
 
Sophomore wide receiver Justin Moffatt, who registered is third 100 yard receiving game last week, leads the NEWMAC with 30 receptions for 441 yards with one touchdown. He had 10 receptions for a career-high 178 yards and a touchdown, carried three times for 36 yards and also threw one pass, a 76 yard completion to total 290 yards of total offense last week.
 
Coast Guard is averaging 27 points per game and 395.2 yards of total offense, 239.8 passing and 155.5 rushing.
 
Senior linebacker Jake Behne leads the team with 34 tackles, 18 solo while junior strong safety Mark Wicke is second with 28 tackles (16 solo, 4 for loss). Junior linebacker linebacker R.J. Robiskie has a team-high eight tackles for loss.
 
The Bears are allowing 385.5 yards per game, 263.5 yards passing and 122 yards rushing.
 
Senior Chip Crowley is averaging 40.9 yards per punt to lead the NEWMAC this season while classmate Cole Austin has made 8 of 9 field goals to also lead the conference and he has made 10 of 11 extra points.
 
SCOUTING CATHOLIC: The Cardinals look to pickup their first win of the season.
 
Catholic is allowing a league-high 36.8 points per game as well as 427.8 yards per game, 228.3 rushing and 119.5 passing.
 
Brady Berger is 83 of 134 for 866 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He also leads the team with 33 carries and 77 yards with one touchdown.
 
Trey Carson leads the team with 24 receptions for 278 yards and four touchdown receptions.
 
The Cardinals are averaging 15.8 points per game, second least in the NEWMAC. Catholic is averaging 284.8 yards per game, 218.8 passing and 66 rushing yards per game.
 
Jake Ballard leads the team with 38 tackles, and 2.5 tackles for losss while Jake Marcelino is second with 33 tackles and a team-high 21 solo stops.
 
UP NEXT: The Bears play at defending NEWMAC champion Springfield on on Oct. 6th at noon.
 
 
THIS WEEK'S NEWMAC GAMES
SATURDAY, SEPT. 29TH
Merchant Marine at MIT, 11:00
WPI at Maine Maritime, noon
Coast Guard at Catholic, 1:00
Springfield at Norwich, 1:00