WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore Chris Gardner ran for a career-high 109 yards and Coast Guard rushed over 200 yards for just the fourth time in the last six years as the Bears won their third straight beating Catholic 20-9 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Coast Guard has won three straight and is off to a 4-1 start for the first time since 2007 when the Bears started 1-1 and won the final seven games of the regular season. Catholic drops to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.
Gardner carried 17 times for 109 yards while junior quarterback Ryan Jones carried 14 times for 68 yards and a score. Jones was 13 of 23 for 144 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
Sophomore Justin Moffatt had six receptions for 84 yards to lead the Coast Guard receivers while junior cornerback Patrick Crowley led the Coast Guard defense with 10 tackles and an interception.
The Bears finished with 385 total yards, 241 rushing and 144 passing while Catholic had 357 yards, 315 passing and just 42 yards on the ground.
Coast Guard turned the ball over four times while Catholic turned it over just two times in the game.
Brady Berger was 31 of 48 for 310 yards with one touchdown and one interceptions for Catholic.
The Bears would march 72 yards in eight plays on the opening drive of the game and get on the board on a 22 yard touchdown run by Jones for a 7-0 lead following senior Cole Austin's extra point with 10:45 left in the first quarter.
The Cardinals would get on the board following an interception and a 21 yard return by Matthew Grant to the Coast Guard 40 and an ensuing personal four putting the ball at the 25. On the next play, Berger threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Chance LeGrand, the extra point was missed and the Bears led 7-6 with 3:58 left in the first quarter.
Coast Guard would respond with a 34-yard field goal by Austin, to cap an 11 play, 45 yard drive and the Bears led 10-6 with 12:49 left in the first half.
The Bears would get the ball back on an interception by Crowley, his first of the season and just Coast Guard's second of the year.
Jones would throw an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior Miguel Moroles, the first career touchdown for Moroles, as the Bears took a 17-6 lead with 5:12 left in the half to close the first half scoring.
Coast Guard had 246 total yards in the first half (153 rushing and 93 passing) while the Cardinals finished with 206 yards in the opening half (191 passing and 15 rushing).
Following and exchange of punts to begin the third quarter, Catholic would strike first in the second half on a 38-yard field goal by Sean Gould with 6:25 left in the third quarter to make the score 17-9.
Catholic would intercept Jones on the next possession, but the Cardinals fumbled it away as sophomore Philip Orlando forced the fumble and Coast Guard sophomore Andre Horner recovered.
The Bears moved the ball to the Cardinal 19, but fumbled it back to Catholic with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
Coast Guard forced a punt and would make it a two score game on 23-yard field goal by Austin, his NEWMAC leading 10th of the season, with 10:02 left to increase the lead to 20-9. He is 10 of 11 on field goal attempts this season and is now just two shy of the Coast Guard single-season record of 12 held by four different kickers, the last being Tyler Henning in 2013.
The Bears defense would get another stop as Catholic turned it over on downs at the Coast Guard 37 with 6:09 left and the offense ran out the clock.
The Bears are back in action on Oct. 6th when they travel to Springfield to take on the Pride in a NEWMAC game at noon between a pair of unbeaten teams in conference play.