Defense Leads Bears Past Curry

R.J. Robiskie
R.J. Robiskie

NEW LONDON, Conn. --  Senior R.J. Robiskie had three sacks and forced a fumble as Coast Guard held off Curry 17-7 in the home opener, a non-conference game as the Bears honored Coast Guard Gold Star Families.

The Bears improve to 3-1 on the season while Curry drops to 0-3 in a game that saw a scoreless second half.

The Colonels were driving with under five minutes left when Robiskie had a sack and forced a fumble with 4:50 left keeping them off the scoreboard. He then had his third sack of the game giving Coast Guard the ball back with 3:56 left on the following possession deep in Coast Guard territory.

Curry finished with 423 yards of total offense, 394 of those in the air, but they turned the ball over four times while Coast Guard which finished with 290 total yards, 198 passing and 92 rushing, did not turn the ball over in picking up the win.

The Bears would get on the board first as senior Patrick Crowley kidded a 39-yard field goal with 3:45 left in the first quarter, the only scoring in the quarter.

Coast Guard extended the lead to 10-0 on a 7-yard run by Jon Wagner and Crowley's extra point with 12:40 left in the first half to cap the opening possession of the second quarter.

Curry would miss a 32-yard field goal on its next possession and following a Coast Guard punt, senior Eugene Bizer recovered a fumble at the Curry 39 with 8:05 left in the half.

The Bears offense would capitalize as Ryan Jones threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Damaso Jaime with seven minutes left in the half to open up a 17- 0 lead.

Curry responded with a 14 play, 67 yard drive capped on a 1-yard run by quarterback Nick Juvelier with 2:04 left in the half, the Colonels only points of the game, to cut the deficit to 17-7.

The Colonels had a 1st and goal at the 5 late in the first half, but senior Eugene Bizer recovered a bad snap from the 4-yard line on the final play of the half as the Bears maintained the 17-7 lead at the half.

Crowley would miss a 38-yard field goal attempt on the opening drive of the second half for Coast Guard, but following an exchange of punts, Crowley came up big with an interception with 13:46 left in the game.

He would again miss from 32 yards out, but again the Coast Guard defense stopped the Colonels in the red zone as Robiskie forced a fumble and Crowley recovered at the 5 yard line with 4:50 left.

Jones was 21 of 45 for 198 yards and a touchdown while Justin Moffatt led the Bears with seven receptions for 80 yards. Jon Wagner had a game high 14 carries and 91 yards with a touchdown to lead the Bears on the ground.

Nick Juvelier completed 37 of 59 passes for 394 yards with one interceptions. Nick Villanueva had a huge game with 13 receptions for 220 yards in the loss.

Mark Wicke led the Bears with nine tackles while Crowley and Bizer each finished with eight. Bizer recovered a pair of fumbles, while Crowley had an interception, recovered a fumble and had four pass breakups.

This was the fourth straight game decided by 10 points or less to start the season for Coast Guard, the first time that has happened since 1989.

Coast Guard is back in action when they host Catholic on Homecoming Weekend next Saturday at 1:30.