CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coast Guard sophomore wide receiver Justin Moffatt has won the prestigious New England Football Writers' Gold Helmet, sponsored by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation as he did a little bit of everything and finished with 290 yards of total offense in the Bears 38-35 win over Norwich to retain The Mug.
The Gold Helmet is presented to the Division I (FBS and FCS) and II/III football players who have established himself for outstanding contributions to his team on the given week at the New England Football Writers luncheon at Harvard.
Moffatt had 10 receptions for a career-high 178 yards and a touchdown. He carried three times for 36 yards and also threw one pass, a 76 yard completion to setup Coast Guard's first down giving the Bears a 16-7 second quarter lead.
He had two huge receptions on 4th down on the final drive of the game to keep the Bears alive. Ryan 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.
Moffatt has three games with 100 or more receiving yards this season and leads the NEWMAC with 30 receptions and 441 receiving yards.
He becomes just the eighth Coast Guard player to win the Gold Helmet, Derek Victory was the last Coast Guard player to win the award when he did so in 2016 as he set or tied seven records in the Bears 56-54 win over Curry.
Defensive back Mark Behne (2015), defensive back Joe Rizzardi (2013), cornerback/kick returner Pat Bennett (2010), quarterback John Resch (2009), quarterback Niles Pierson (2006), and running back Scott Huerter (1988) were the other Bears to win the award.
Coast Guard is off to a 3-1 start for the second straight season and the sixth time in the last 30 years. The Bears will take their longest road trip of the season this week as they head to Washington, D.C. to take on Catholic at 1:00.