GAME #1 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Open Season at UNE

Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones
COAST GUARD (0-0) AT UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND (0-0)
SEPT. 7TH -- 1:00 -- BIDDEFORD, MAINE
 
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THE SERIES: Coast Guard leads 1-0 as the Bears won 33-7 in the season opener last year.
 
LAST YEAR:  Junior quarterback Ryan Jones had 411 yards of total offense and threw for a career-high 336 yards and two scores while rushing for 75 yards and a touchdown leading Coast Guard to a 33-7 win over the University of New England in the season opener.
 
It was the first game in program history for the Nor'easters.
 
Coast Guard finished with 512 yards of total offense, 339 passing and 173 rushing yards.
 
Jones was 23 of  39 for 336 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and he carried 16 times for 75 yards and a score to earn his first collegiate win.
 
Sophomore Justin Moffatt tied a career-high with nine receptions for a career best 157 yards to lead the Bears.
 
Coast Guard scored on its opening possession on a 36-yard field goal by senior Cole Austin with 10:18 left.
 
The Bears would march 84 yards in just five plays on their second drive and Jones threw a 21—yard touchdown to junior Liam Middleton to push the lead to 10-0 with 3:28 left in the opening quarter.
 
Jones would cap a 12 play, 88 yard drive with a 5-yard run with 9:50 left in the first half to make the score 17-0.
 
UNE would score the first touchdown in program history on a 9-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Brian Peters to freshman Devon Charles with 7:54 left in the half to cap a five play, 73 yard drive.
 
Peters finished the game 21 of 35 for 242 yards and a touchdown.
 
Coast Guard had 286 yards at half while UNE had 189 first half yards.
 
Jones was 13 of 21 for 221 yards and had eight carries for 40 yards in the first half.
 
The Bears would score on the opening drive of the second half on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jones to sophomore running back Chris Gardner, his first career touchdown. Coast Guard led 24-7 with 11:52 to go in the third quarter.
Austin would boot a 25-yard field goal on the final play of the quarter to make the score 27-7.
 
Freshman James Duren would make a memorable collegiate debut as he scampered 40 yard for a touchdown on the first carry of his career with 45 seconds left. The extra point was blocked to make the final 33-7.
 
Sophomore Ryan Gaboury had seven receptions for 92 yards to lead the Nor'Easters while freshman Devon Charles had five carries for 35 yards to lead UNE on the ground.
 
Wagner had 95 yards of total offense for Coast Guard as he carried seven times for 44 yards and had five receptions for 51 yards.
 
Junior Patrick Crowley led the Coast Guard defense with eight tackles while sophomore Colby Coco had an interception that he returned 22 yards for the Bears. Sophomore Andre Horner recovered a fumble for the Bears, who won the season opener for the fourth straight season.
 
Goldsworthy chipped in with a pair of tackles-for-loss.
 
COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 21st season, has a record 70 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 5TH IN NEWMAC PRESEASON POLL: Coast Guard has been picked to finish fifth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) preseason poll. Coast Guard was 7-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play. 
 
2019 NEWMAC FOOTBALL PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1.   Springfield (6) 
2.   MIT (2) 
T3. WPI 
T3. Merchant Marine
5.   Coast Guard
6.   Norwich 
7.   Catholic 
8.   Maine Maritime
 
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: Coast Guard is coming off its most successful season in over a decade as the Bears finished 7-3 overall and tied for second in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with a 5-2 record. It was the most wins for the Bears since the team went 8-2 in 2007.
 
Head coach Bill George, who begins his 21st season with a program record 70 wins, and the Bears welcome back 14 starters, seven on each side of the ball.
 
Senior Ryan Jones, who has started the last 16 games at quarterback, is back for his final season. Last year, he earned second team All-NEWMAC honors. Jones was 164 of 286 for 1,799 yards with nine touchdowns while also rushing for 338 yards and a team-high tying five touchdowns this season. He was second in the NEWMAC in completions, completion percentage (57.3) and third in the passing yards. Jones was key in the final two games of the season, big wins over WPI and Merchant Marine to capture the Secretaries' Cup as he threw for 520 yards and five touchdowns while rushing of another score.
 
Junior Chris Gardner is back after leading the Bears with 133 carries, 550 yards and five touchdowns while classmate Jon Wagner (58 carries, 274 yards and two touchdowns and 20 receptions, 119 yards) gives the Bears a solid 1-2 punch in the backfield. Sophomore Jay Griffin will also be counted on at the running back spot.
 
Junior wide receiver Justin Moffatt is coming off a record setting season in which he earned first team All-NEWMAC honors. He set the single-season Coast Guard record with 71 receptions and led the NEWMAC in receptions, yards (853) and was tied for the team lead with three touchdowns receptions. He had four games with 100 or more yards this season.
 
Sophomore wide receiver Damaso Jaime (17 receptions, 220 yards, 3 touchdowns), who burst on the scene the in the final two games of last season with 15 receptions, 189 yards and three touchdowns, gives the Bears two dangerous targets.
 
Senior wide receivers Liam Middleton (10 receptions, 206 yards, 1 TD), Miguel Moroles (16 receptions, 132 yards, 1 TD), senior tight end and tri-captain Scott Pierce (13 receptions, 123 yards) and sophomore James Duren, who carried one time for a 40 yard touchdown last season, will shift to wide receiver and give the Bears plenty of offensive weapons.
 
The Bears biggest question mark will be on the offensive line with just two starters returning in seniors Colton Rausch (RG) and Jared Gee, who moves and will start at center. Juniors Robert Childress (RT) and Jordan Yriarte (LG) each made spot starts last season and will move to a starting role this season while sophomore Mason Schroder will start at left tackle.
 
The Bears veteran secondary will be the key to the defense as all four members return led by NEWMAC second team selection senior Patrick Crowley at cornerback. Crowley was third on the team with 61 tackles. His 46 solo tackles were second on the team and he was also second on the team with three interceptions and seven pass breakups.
 
Senior Michael Goldsworthy (49 tackles, 20 solo), who led the team with four interceptions, is back at the other corner while senior tri-captain Mark Wicke, who was second on the team with 66 tackles, returns at strong safety and junior Colby Coco (35 tackles, one interception) is back at free safety.
 
The Bears return a trio of starting linebackers in senior tri-captain R.J. Robiskie (38 tackles) who led the team with 10.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, senior Dan Dinges (40 tackles, four for loss, one interception) and junior Eugene Bizer (38 tackles, 2.5 sacks). 
 
Juniors Andre Horner (24 tackles) and Zach Lukasik along with senior Kane Alletzhauser are the favorites to fill the two starting linebacker spots.
 
Senior Colby LaDuque, junior Phillip Orlando (28 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks) and sophomore Brennan Dalgleish will battle for the starting defensive line spots.
 
Coast Guard will also face the biggest question mark at both kicker and punter in over a decade after the graduation of second team All-NEWMAC kicker Cole Austin and Division II/III All-New England punter Chip Crowley.
 
SCOUTING UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND: The Nor'easters return 21 starters from last year's inaugrual team which posted a record of 2-7 with wins over Curry (44-42) and Alvernia (42-27).
 
Junior Brian Peters threw for 1,790 yards and 15 touchdowns last season while junior Devon Charles led the ground attack wtih 414 yards and six touchdowns.
 
Junior Ryan Gaboury had a team-high 44 receptions for 689 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the UNE wide receivers.
 
Sophomore Keegan Stanton-Meas led the team with 97 tackles, 70 solo with five tackles for loss.

UP NEXT: Coast Guard travels to Nichols on Friday night for a 7:00 game.
 
THIS WEEK'S NEWMAC GAMES
FRIDAY, SEPT. 6TH
Worcester State at WPI, 7:00
 
SATURDAY, NOV. 7TH
Cargnie Mellon at MIT, noon
Norwich at Salve Regina, noon
FDU-Florham at Merchant Marine, noon
Maine Maritime at Maritime, noon
Coast Guard at University of New England, 1:00 
Springfield at Western New England, 1:00
Kenyon at Catholic, 1:00