GAME #4 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Face Curry in Home Opener

Phillip Orlando
Phillip Orlando
CURRY (0-2) COAST GUARD (2-1)
SEPT. 28TH -- 1:30 -- CADET MEMORIAL FIELD 
GOLD STAR FAMILIES DAY

ON THE AIR: A live video stream will be at www.cgasports.com
 
THE SERIES: Curry leads 6-2
 
LAST MEETING: Senior quarterback Derek Victory had a record setting afternoon as he accounted for seven touchdowns leading Coast Guard to wild a 56-54 win over Curry in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) game in 2016. The game featured 13 touchdown passes tying an NCAA Division III record.
 
Victory set both school and NEFC records with 525 passing yards, a school record with 547 yards of total offense and tied a school record with six touchdowns and also ran for another in the win giving him a now Coast Guard career best 44 career touchdowns passes. He was 32 of 46 with three interceptions in the win.
 
Curry junior quarterback Alex Corvese threw for 519 yards and seven touchdowns in the loss. He was 42 of 63 with one interception.
 
Coast guard junior Darius Adams, tied a pair of records as he tied the single-game record with three touchdown receptions and the season record with his ninth TD reception. He finished with seven receptions for 213 yards and had three TD receptions for the second time this season.
 
Sophomore Cole Austin tied a school record as he made all eight extra points in the win.
 
Curry senior Jake Cawlina led the Colonels with 14 receptions for 210 yards and four touchdowns.
 
The teams combined for 1,217 yards, 1,044 of those in the air. Coast Guard had 614 yards of total offense including the school record 525 passing while Curry had 603 total yards, 519 in the air.
 
LAST WEEK: Junior Clyde Tamburro's 26-yard field goal on the final play of the game lifted Norwich to a come-from-behind 17-14 win to capture The Mug in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener.
 
Norwich captured The Mug for the first time since 2004 snapping a three-game slide in the series with Coast Guard. The Cadets improve to 3-0 and 1-0 in the NEWMAC while the Bears drop to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
 
Coast Guard forced five turnovers, four of those interceptions, and turned the ball over just once, but had just nine first downs in the loss.
 
Norwich finished with 248 total yards, 171 passing while Coast Guard had 212 yards, 143 passing in the game.
 
Senior quarterback Ryan Jones was 13 of 25 for 143 yards with one touchdown and one interception while sophomore Damaso Jaime led the Bears with two receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown.
 
Curry had a bye last week after a 29-27 loss at Division II Franklin Pierce on Sept. 14th. 
 
COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 21st season, has a record 72 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
 
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Coast Guard plays a home game for the first time in 329 days on its brand new field surface this weekend. The Bears were 4-1 at home last season and will now play five of its final seven games including the next three at home.
 
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears play the first of three straight home games and the final non-conference game of the season and will honor Gold Star Families at halftime while member of some of the Gold Star Families will serve as honorary captains during the coin toss.
 
Senior quarterback Ryan Jones is 35 of 71 for 417 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Junior Justin Moffatt has a team-high 11 receptions for 46 yards while sophomore Damaso Jaime has seven receptions for a team-high 179 yards and three touchdowns.
 
Juniors Jon Wagner and Chris Gardner are the Bears one-two punch in the backfield. Wagner leads the way with 125 yards (24 carries) and two touchdowns while Gardner has 33 carries for 106 yards. Jones has 31 carries for 91 yards.
 
The Bears have scored 44 points in the first half and 14 in the third quarter and none in the fourth quarter this season. Coast Guard is averaging 21.7 points and 249.3 yards per game (110.3 rushing and 139 passing).
 
The Coast Guard defense is allowing 19 points and 287 yards per game this season, 232.7 passing and just 54.3 yards per game on the ground.
 
The Bears pass rush as been outstanding registering 16 sacks this season, the 5.33 sacks per game is eighth best in Division III. Junior defensive lineman Philip Orlando (22 tackles) leads the NEWMAC with five sacks and is eighth natinonally with 1.67 sacks per game. Senior defensive Colby LaDuque and junior linebacker Zach Lukasik each have 3.5 sacks on the season.
 
Junior linebacker Eugene Bizer leads the NEWMAC with 30 tackles. He has 3.5 tackles for loss a sack and two interceptions. Senior cornerback Patrick Crowley leads the NEWMAC with three interceptions.
 
SCOUTING CURRY : The Colonels look to pickup their first win of the season after a bye last week.
 
Nick Juvelier is 48 of 84 for 404 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. His favorite target is Mike DelGais who leads the team with 12 catches for 104 yards while Nick Villanueva has nine receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.
 
Zach Levy leads the Colonels with 57 rushing yards on nine carries.
 
Curry is averaging 13.5 points and 244 yards per game, 208 passing and just 36 rushing per game.
 
Joshua Gabbidon and Gregory Silvia each lead the Colonel defense with 18 tackles, Curry has five quaterback sacks on the young season.
Curry is allowing 31.5 points and 335 yards per game, 184 passing and 151 on the ground.
 
UP NEXT: Coast Guard hosts Catholic on Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 5th at 1:30.
 
LAST WEEK'S NEWMAC GAMES
FRIDAY, SEPT. 20TH
MIT 13, Becker 6
 
SATURDAY, SEPT. 21ST
Mass. Maritime 42, Maine Maritime 21
Union 27, Springfield 17
WPI 31, Husson 12
Methodist 30, Catholic 14
Merchant Marine 45, Maritime 0
Norwich 17, Coast Guard 14
 
THIS WEEK'S NEWMAC GAMES
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28TH
Merchant Marine at Maine Maritime, noon
MIT at Catholic, 1:00
Curry at Coast Guard, 1:30
Norwich at Castleton, 3:00
WPI at Springfield, 3:00