GAME #8 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Coast Guard Hosts MIT on Parents' Weekend

Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones
MIT (3-2, 2-1) AT COAST GUARD (5-2, 2-2)
OCT. 26TH -- 1:30 -- NEW LONDON, CONN.
** PARENTS' WEEKEND **

ON THE AIR:
A live video stream will be at www.cgasports.com
 
THE SERIES: MIT leads 5-2
 
LAST YEAR: The MIT defense held Coast Guard to a season-low 118 yards of total offense and the Engineers, ranked 1st in New England, remained unbeaten with a 13-0 win over Coast Guard.
 
The Bears, who could have grabbed a share of first place with a win, dropped to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC while MIT improves to 7-0 and remains alone atop the NEWMAC standings with a 4-0 conference mark.
 
Coast Guard was held to a season-low 66 yards passing and a season-low 52 yards rushing as the Bears managed just nine first downs as MIT dominated time of possession (37:50 to 22:10).
 
The Bears were shutout for the first time since a 51-0 loss to Western New England in 2015.
 
Junior quarterback Ryan Jones was 11 of 17 for 66 yards while sophomore Jon Wagner led the Bears with 33 yards rushing on nine carries.
 
MIT finished with 298 yards of total offense, 190 rushing and 108 passing. Freshman Ashton Robinson and junior John Robertson each had 74 rushing yards to lead the Engineers.
 
The Engineers got on the board early in the second quarter for the lone points of the first half as senior Eddy Garcia-Montes caught a six-yard TD in the corner of the end zone from senior Udgam Goyal for the 6-0 edge. The drive was set up by a 15-yard Coast Guard punt as the Engineers took over at the CGA 42-yard line.
 
The lone scoring opportunity in the third quarter came from the Bears with a 25-yard field attempt by Cole Austin that was blocked by Tyler Ray to keep Coast Guard off the scoreboard.
 
The Engineers pushed the lead to two possessions with 10:21 remaining in the fourth as junior Cole Baker went up the middle and pushed the pile into the end zone from two yards for the 13-0 margin.
 
Three Coast Guard players had double-digit tackles as Jake Behne led the Bears with a game-high 14 tackles. Mark Wicke and Colby Coco each had 10 tackles.
 
LAST WEEK: Ryan Jones became the fourth player in Academy history to throw for over 4,000 yards as he threw for a career-high 353 yards and three touchdowns while Justin Moffatt set the single-game school record with 256 receiving yards leading Coast Guard to a 33-8 win over Maine Maritime.
 
Moffatt had a huge game as he also set a career-high with 13 receptions including a pair of touchdowns to go with his record 256 yards in the win.  He broke the record of 244 yards set by Collis Brown against Western New England in 2013, when Brown also set the record with 16 receptions.
 
Jones was 26 of 34 for 353 yards with three touchdowns to finish the game with 4,145 yards in his career. Chris Gardner led the Bears with 12 carries for 61 yards on the ground.
 
The Bears had a season-high 463 total yards while Maine Maritime finished with 283 yards, 274 passing and just nine rushing.
 
Patrick Crowley's 23-yard field goal on the opening drive gave the Bears a 3-0 lead.
Moffatt would score on a 56-yard pass from Jones on the second possession of the game as the Bears took a 10-0 lead with 2:17 left in the first quarter.
 
Jon Wagner's 2-yard run with 1:28 left in the first half pushed the lead to 16-0, the extra point was missed. A 64-yard pass from Jones to Moffatt down to the 2-yard line set up the touchdown.
 
Crowley would boot a career-long 44 yard field goal with just seven seconds left in the first half as the Bears took a 19-0 lead into halftime.
 
Jones was 18 of 24 for 251 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the first half while Moffatt had 10 receptions for 185 yards and a score in the first half.
 
The Bears had 295 yards in the first half while holding Maine Maritime to 71 total yards including negative 13 yards rushing in the opening half holding the Mariners to just four first downs.
 
Maine Maritime looked to get on the board before Michael Goldsworthy had an interception in the end zone that he returned 53 yards.
 
Coast Guard would capitalize when Cody Fidler caught his first career touchdown pass, an 11-yard strike from Jones giving the Bears a 26-0 lead with 2:52 left in the third quarter.
 
The Mariners would get on the board in the fourth on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Haining to Dominic Casale, the two would also hook up for the two-point conversion, to make the score 26-8 with 11:53 left in the game.
 
On the next drive, Jones would throw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Moffatt giving the Bears a 33-8 lead with 9:58 left. That touchdown broke the single-game record for receiving yards at the Academy.
 
Linebacker Eugene Bizer, who leads the NEWMAC in tackles, led Coast Guard with 11 tackles including a tackle for loss while Philip Orlando led the team with 3.5 tackles and three sacks in the win.
 
MIT had a bye last week. The Engineers beat Maine Maritime 30-12 on Oct. 12th. 
 
COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 21st season, has a record 75 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
 
CLOSE SHAVES: For the first time in the 96 year history of Coast Guard football the Bears  played six straight games decided by 10 points or less, three of those decided on the last play of regulation or overtime, to open the season before last week's 33-8 win at Maine Maritime.
 
The Bears have played a pair of overtime games in the same season for just the second time as the team also accomplished that feat in 1997 with wins over RPI (22-16) and Springfield (26-20) en route to winning a school record nine games, winning the Freedom Football Conference Championship and earning a berth to the NCAA playoffs.
  
RARE AIR: Ryan Jones became the fourth player in Academy history to throw for over 4,000 yards as he threw for a career-high 353 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday. He now has 4,145 passing yards joining Derek Victory, (2013-'16) who is the all-time leader with 7,513 along with Jon Resch (2009-'12), who has 4,569 and Cory Anderson (2002-'05) with 4,459.
 
MR. OVERTIME: Jon Wagner's 12-yard touchdown run in double overtime was his second game winning touchdown in overtime this season. He had a 20-yard touchdown run in a 24-23 overtime win at Nichols on Sept. 13th.
 
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears return home and will play in front of a packed house on Parents' Weekend.
 
Senior quarterback Ryan Jones is 125 of 223 for 1,382 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Junior Justin Moffatt has a NEWMAC-high 50 receptions and leads the team with 595 yards to go with four touchdowns while sophomore Damaso Jaime has 20 receptions for 325 yards and a team-high five touchdown receptions.
 
Juniors Jon Wagner and Chris Gardner are the Bears one-two punch in the backfield. Wagner leads the way with 358 yards (76 carries) and a team-high five rushing touchdowns while Gardner has 65 carries for 212 yards. Jones has 46 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown.
 
The Bears have scored 101 points in the first half, and 35 in the second half this season, 21 in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth quarter this season. Coast Guard is averaging 21.3 points and 297.1 yards per game (98.7 rushing and 198.4 passing).
 
The Coast Guard defense is allowing just 15.1 points and 328.7 yards per game this season, 234.7 passing and 94 yards per game on the ground. The Bears lead the NEWMAC with 13 takeaways this season, eight interceptions and five fumbles. Coast Guard is plus five in turnovers this season.
 
The Bears pass rush has been outstanding registering a NEWMAC best 28 sacks this season. Junior defensive lineman Philip Orlando (49 tackles) leads conference with eight sacks. Senior linebacker R.J. Robiskie (36 tackles) is second in the NEWMAC with 7.5 sacks while junior linebacker Zach Lukasik has four sacks on the season.
 
Junior linebacker Eugene Bizer leads the NEWMAC with 76 tackles. He has eight tackles for loss, a sack with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Senior cornerback Patrick Crowley leads the NEWMAC with four interceptions.
 
SCOUTING MIT: The Engineers are coming off a bye week after beating Maine Maritime on Oct. 12th.
 
Senior quarterback Chris Mauck is 52 of 114 for 742 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. Junior Keithen Shepard leads the team with 16 receptions for 297 yards and six touchdowns.
 
Senior John Robertson leads the NEWMAC with 124.4 yards per game. He has 126 carries for 622 yards and a touchdow.
 
MIT is averaging 22.2 points and 330.8 yards per game, 180.8 on the ground and 150 yards per game in the air.
 
Junior linebacker Sam Gantman leads the team with 42 tackles on the season. MIT has six sacks this year.
 
The Engineer defense is allowing 18 points and 239.4 yards per game, 133.6 passing and 105.8 rushing.
 
UP NEXT: Coast Guard will enjoy an off week before playing at WPI on Nov. 9th at noon.
 
LAST WEEK'S NEWMAC GAMES
SATURDAY, OCT. 19TH
Coast Guard 33, Maine Maritime 8
WPI 52, Catholic 24
Springfield 45, Merchant Marine 34
 
THIS WEEK'S NEWMAC GAMES
SATURDAY, OCT. 26TH
Maine Maritime at Norwich, noon
Catholic at Springfield, 1:00
MIT at Coast Guard, 1:30
Merchant Marine at WPI, 2:30

 

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