GAME #5 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Host Catholic on Homecoming

GAME #5 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Host Catholic on Homecoming
CATHOLIC (0-4, 0-1) AT COAST GUARD (3-1, 0-1)
OCT. 5TH -- 1:30 -- CADET MEMORIAL FIELD 
HOMECOMING

ON THE AIR: A live video stream will be at www.cgasports.com
 
THE SERIES: The teams have split the six previous meetings
 
LAST YEAR: 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.
 
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.
 
LAST WEEK: 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 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.
 
Ryan 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.
 
MIT beat Catholic 32-13 in the NEWMAC opener for both teams. Evan O'Connell threw for 140 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cardinals. Catholic had 228 yards of total offense, but were held to negative five rushing yards in the loss.
 
COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 21st season, has a record 73 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 its second straight home game after opening the season with three straight road games. The Bears were 4-1 at home last season and play five of its final seven games at home.
 
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears play at home for the second straight week and will have a large crowd in attendance for Homecoming Weekend.
 
Senior quarterback Ryan Jones is 56 of 116 for 615 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Junior Justin Moffatt has a team-high 18 receptions for 126 yards while sophomore Damaso Jaime has 11 receptions for a team-high 231 yards and all four receiving touchdowns.
 
Juniors Jon Wagner and Chris Gardner are the Bears one-two punch in the backfield. Wagner leads the way with 216 yards (38 carries) and three touchdowns while Gardner has 39 carries for 104 yards. Jones has 35 carries for 99 yards.
 
The Bears have scored 51 points in the first half and 14 in the third quarter and none in the fourth quarter this season. Coast Guard is averaging 20.5 points and 259.5 yards per game (105.8 rushing and 153.8 passing).
 
The Coast Guard defense is allowing just 16 points and 321 yards per game this season, 273 passing and just 48 yards per game on the ground. The Bears lead the NEWMAC and are 10th nationally with 11 takeaways this season, seven interceptions and four fumbles. Coast Guard is plus seven in turnovers this season.
 
The Bears pass rush has been outstanding registering a NEWMAC best 19 sacks this season, the 4.75 sacks per game are sixth best in Division III. Senior linebacker R.J. Robiskie (25 tackles) leads the NEWMAC and is 11th nationally with six sacks while junior defensive lineman Philip Orlando (25 tackles) is second in the conference with five sacks. Senior defensive Colby LaDuque and junior linebacker Zach Lukasik each have 3.5 sacks on the season.
 
Junior linebacker Eugene Bizer leads the team and is third in the NEWMAC with 38 tackles. He has 4.5 tackles for loss a sack with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Senior cornerback Patrick Crowley leads the NEWMAC and is sixth nationally with four interceptions.
 
SCOUTING CATHOLIC : The Cardinals are looking to pickup their first win of the 2019 season.
 
Catholic is last in the NEWMAC in points per game (14.5) and total yards per game (209),  posting 127 passing and 82 rushing yards per game.
 
Catholic has used three different quarterback this season. Evan O'Donnell and Devin Miles both saw action at quarterback last week. O'Donnell was 5 of 7 for 140 yards with at ouchdown while Devin Miles was 9 of 17 for 93 yards with an interception. Brady Berger, who played in the  first three games, was 34 of 51 for 180 yards with three touchdowns. Miles will get the start this week.
 
Trey Carson leads the team with 15 receptions, 170 yards and has one touchdown.
Brylan Melara leads the Cardinals on the ground with 54 carries for 237 yards and all three of the team's rushing touchdowns.
 
The Catholic defense is allowing 40.8 points and 449.5 yards per game, 239 rushing and 210.5 passing yards per game.
 
Linebacker Jake Ballard leads the team with 41 tackles, 17 solo, four for loss and two sacks. The Cardinals have four sacks on the season.
 
UP NEXT: Coast Guard hosts Springfield on Oct. 12th at 1:30.
 
LAST WEEK'S NEWMAC GAMES
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28TH
Merchant Marine 62, Maine Maritime 13
MIT 32, Catholic 13
Coast Guard 17, Curry 7
Norwich 35, Castleton 14
WPI 35, Springfield 21
 
THIS WEEK'S NEWMAC GAMES
SATURDAY, OCT. 5TH
MIT at Merchant Marine, noon
Norwich at Springfield, noon
Maine Maritime at WPI, 1:00
Catholic at Coast Guard, 1:30