GAME #9 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Battle WPI in Home Finale

GAME #9 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Battle WPI in Home Finale
WPI (5-3, 3-2) AT COAST GUARD (5-3, 3-2)
NOV. 3RD -- NOON -- NEW LONDON, CONN.
** COMMUNITY APPRECIATION DAY  **

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THE SERIES: WPI leads 38-33-2 and the Engineers have won three straight
 
LAST YEAR:  Sophomore Sean McAllen rushed for 152 yards and a three touchdowns and WPI scored 30 straight second half points as the Engineers beat Coast Guard 44-16 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
 
Sophomore Connor Field added a pair of rushing touchdowns as WPI won its fifth straight, its longest winning streak since 1992.
 
WPI led 14-10 at halftime and took control outscoring the Bears 16-0 in the third quarter racking up 194 third quarter yards while holding Coast Guard to negative 19 yards in the third quarter as WPI which ran 27 plays in the first half, had 25 plays in the third.
 
The Engineers finished with 416 yards of total offense, 200 on the ground while the Bears had 202 yards of total offense, 143 of those passing. WPI outgained the Bears 279-71 in the second half.
 
Coast Guard sophomore quarterback Ryan Jones was 10 for 17 for 100 yards. Freshman Justin Moffatt had three receptions for 66 yards to lead the Coast Guard receivers. Senior Cam Cecchini led the Bears with 13 carries for 70 yards on the ground. Sophomore Patrick Crowley led the Bears defense with nine tackles, all solo.
 
LAST WEEK: The Bears had the bye while WPI knocked off unbeaten MIT 13-6 as Spencer Herrington connected on two fourth-quarter field goals in adverse conditions, one from 41 yards and one from 31, with less than six minutes left.
 
Julian Nyland (8-16, 90 yards/77 rushing yards) connected with Nic Rossi for a 19-yard touchdown in the second quarter in the Homecoming Win.
 
Linebacker Nick Ostrowski tied for a team-high eight tackles and forced two fumbles to lead the WPI defense.
 
WPI outrushed MIT, 163-119, with Brandon Winn leading the way with 70 yards on 22 carries.
 
The only score for MIT came on a defensive fumble recovery in the end zone by Ben Bennington early in the fourth quarter. After Herrington's second fourth quarter field goal, MIT got the ball as far the WPI 48 before only gaining seven yards on four pass attempts. 
 
WPI held an edge in total offense 253 to 167.

TOUGH SCHEDULE IN 2018: Coast Guard is 5-3 overall with all three losses to very good teams. In fact, the three teams that the Bears have lost to have a combined record of 18-5 for a .782 winning percentage. Union (5-2), Springfield (6-2) and MIT (7-1) are the three teams that Coast Guard has lost to this season.
 
SPLIT NEEDED FOR WINNING SEASON: The Bears are looking for their first winning season since 2012 when the team finished 5-4. The team is looking to win more than five games for the first time since 2007 when the Bears finished 8-2 and won the NEFC Bogan Division for the second straight season.
 
COMMUNITY APPRECIATION DAY: The Final home game of the season on Saturday will be Community Appreciation Day as the Academy recognizes New London Public School kids, the Boy Scouts of America and Hometown Heros (first responders, fire, police and military).
 
COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 20th season, has a record 68 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.
 
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears play the final home game of the season as the Academy celebrates Community Appreciation Day. 
 
Junior quarterback Ryan Jones is 112 of 207 for 1,279 yards with five  touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. Jones is second on the team with 325 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Sophomore Chris Gardner leads the Bears with 486 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns
 
Sophomore wide receiver Justin Moffatt leads the NEWMAC with 53 receptions and 669 receiving yards with one touchdown. 
 
Coast Guard is averaging 19.4 points per game and 329.4 yards of total offense, 182.1 passing and 147.3 rushing. 
 
Senior linebacker Jake Behne leads the team with 73 tackles, 35 solo while junior strong safety Mark Wicke is second with 59 tackles (27 solo).  Junior linebacker R.J. Robiskie is third in the NEWMAC with 5.5 sacks and has a team-high 10 tackles for loss.
 
The Bears are allowing 17.3 points and 334.3 yards per game, 182.1 yards passing and 141.9 yards rushing.
 
Senior kicker Cole Austin is 11 of 15 on field goals this season while making 14 of 15 extra points. The Coast Guard single-season record for field goals is 12 held by three players.
 
Senior Chip Crowley has also been tremendous this season. He is averaging 40.8 yards per punt to lead the NEWMAC and ranks 11th nationally this season.
 
SCOUTING WPI: The Engineers are coming off a huge home win over MIT.
WPI has the top passing offense in the NEWMAC with 216.8 passing yards per game and they are second with 347 total yards per game and 27.3 points per game.
 
Junior quarterback Julian Nyland is 127 of 240 for 1,683 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on the season. He has also carried 57 times for 250 yards.
 
Junior Sean McAllen leads the Engineers with 113 carries for 499 yards and nine rushing touchdowns. He also has 16 receptions for 223 yards and two scores.
 
Junior wide receiver Nick Rossi leads WPI with 35 receptions and he has 479 receiving yards and a team-high seven touchdown receptions while senior wide receiver Erik Fryer has 33 receptions for a team-high 500 yards.
 
WPI has the top defense in the NEWMAC allowing just 10 points per game. The Engineers are allowing 223 yards per game, 127.4 rushing and a NEWMAC low 95.8 passing yards per game.
 
Junior linebacker Nick Ostrowski leads the team with 63 tackles, 34 of those solo while senior linebacker Blayne Merchant is second on the team with 58 tackles including a team-high 39 solo. Junior defensive end Mike McGoff (25 tackles) has a team-high six tackles for loss and three sacks.
 
Senior Spencer Herrington handles both the punting and kicking duties. He is 9 of 11 on field goals, a perfect 27 of 27 on extra points and is averaging 34.4 yard per punt.
 
UP NEXT: The Bears close out the season when they travel to Merchant Marine in the annual battle for the Secretaries' Cup on Nov. 10th a game that can be seen live on ESPN3 at noon.
 
THIS NEWMAC WEEK'S GAMES
SATURDAY, NOV. 3RD
MIT at Norwich, noon
Merchant Marine at Catholic, noon
Maine Maritime at Springfield, noon
WPI at Coast Guard, noon 
 
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