GAME #8 PREVIEW -- Bears Hit Road With NEFC Title Hopes Still Alive

GAME #8 PREVIEW -- Bears Hit Road With NEFC Title Hopes Still Alive

COAST GUARD (3-4, 3-1) at ENDICOTT (4-2, 3-0)


ON THE AIR: The game will be aired live on WXLM-980 AM. There also both an audio and video stream available and those links can be found at on the football schedule page.

THE SERIES: This is the first meeting between two teams.

LAST WEEK: Freshman quarterback Derek Victory was 21 of 23 for 186 yards and two touchdowns as Coast Guard head coach Bill George won his 49th game, the most ever by a Bears head coach in a 40-0 win over Maine Maritime in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) game on Homecoming Weekend.

Coast Guard finished with a season-high 463 yards of total offense, 379 passing and 84 rushing while Maine Maritime, second in Division III in rushing, finished with 285 yards of total offense, 267 of those on the ground, over 100 yards below its average of 369.8 yards per game.

Junior Collis Brown led the Bears with six receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown while classmate Blake Thompson caught four passes for 97 yards and a score.

Endicott junior quarterback Drew Frenette had 249 yards passing and three touchdowns to lead the Gulls to a 51-7 win over Nichols on Oct. 12th. Frenette finished the game 21-of-24 with zero interceptions as the team stayed unbeaten in the NEFC. The Gulls had a bye last week.

GEORGE BECOMES BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George now has a record 49 career wins as head coach at the Academy as he passed  John Merriman for the most in program history on Saturday. Merriman was the coach from (1930-1945) and the Gymnasium is named is his honor. Last season, 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 SIXTH IN NEFC: Coast Guard was picked sixth in the 2013 NEFC Preseason Coaches Poll. Endicott was picked first earning four of the eight first place votes and 59 of the possible 64 points. Salve Regina garnered the other three first place votes while MIT also received a first place vote.

1-Endicott College            59 points (4)
2-Salve Regina University        53 points (3)
3t-Curry College            43 points
3t-Western New England University    43 points
5-MIT                    34 points (1)
6-COAST GUARD            28 points
7t-Maine Maritime Academy        14 points
7t-Nichols College            14 points

(first place votes in parenthesis)

A LOOK BACK ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1963 TEAM: In 1963 NFL Hall of Famer Otto Graham led the Coast Guard Bears to the only undefeated and untied regular season in school history and the team earned a berth in the Tangerine Bowl.  

Each week, we will look back at a game in the historical season. This week, we look back at the final game  game of the regular season a 12-0 road win over Springfield.  

Ed Barrett threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Bill McDonald in the second quarter to cap an 81-yard drive and Bob Dudley's 1-yard run with 22 seconds left in the game sealed the undefeated regular season for the Bears.

Coast Guard held Springfield to just 141 total yards, 80 of those on the ground. Springfield managed just one first down in the second half.

Barrett threw for 119 yards becoming the first Academy player to pass for over 1,000 yards in a season.  He was 71 of 142 for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season.

The Bears registered their fourth shutout of the season. The team only trailed once during the regular season, that was 8-3 against Wesleyan in the third game of the season before winning 11-8.

Coast Guard was under consideration for either the Eastern Bowl in Allentown, Pa. on Dec. 14th or the Tangerine Bowl on Dec. 28th in Orlando and accepted the bid to the Tangerine Bowl to take on Western Kentucky.

SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears enter the final three games of the season controlling their own destiny for a New England Football Conference (NEFC) Championships and bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Bears however, have to play the two teams that are unbeaten in conference play, Endicott and Salve Regina on the road before closing at home against MIT.

The Coast Guard offense is scoring 26.6 points and 305 yards per game. The Bears, 3-4 overall and 3-1 in the NEFC, are averaging 224 passing yards per game and a league-low 81 rushing yards per game.

The Bears have the top rated red zone offense in the NEFC as they are 23 of 26 inside the opponents 20-yard line with 14 touchdowns and nine field goals.

Freshman quarterback Derek Victory, who set a single-game school record with 36 completions in just his second career start on October 5th, is 116 of 187 for 1,120 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season.

Junior Jake Wawrzyniak leads the Bears with 103 carries for 330 yards on the season while he also has 25 receptions for 100 yards.

Junior Collis Brown leads the NEFC with 43 catches and 621 yards with five touchdowns while senior Nick Fredericksen is second on the team with 34 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown.

The Bears defense is allowing 26 points per game and 440.7 yards per game, 274.6 rushing and 166.1 passing.

Junior defensive end Aaron Black leads the team with with 63 tackles, 36 solo while sophomore strong safety Joe Rizzardi is second with 61 tackles, 46 solo and leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss.

Sophomore kicker Tyler Henning leads the conference with 11 field goals, he is 11 for 13 on the season with a long of 44 yards. Henning is fifth nationally with 1.57 field goals per game. He is 21 for 22 on extra points this season. He is now just one field goal shy of the Bears single-season record of 12 set by David Lieberman in 2007 and Jaime Roth in 1988.

Coast Guard leads the NEFC in turnover margin at plus three. The Bears have turned the ball over a conference-high 19 times, but have ten interceptions and 12 fumbles recovered on the season for a conference-high 22 take aways.

The Bears lead the conference with ten interceptions while the offense has allowed a league-low six sacks.

SCOUTING ENDICOTT: The Gulls, one of two unbeatens in NEFC play, look to keep pace with Salve Regina atop the standings.

Endicott leads the NEFC in scoring (38.2) and passing yards per game (257.8) while also allowing a league-low 140.2 passing yards per game.

Junior quarterback Drew Frenette leads the conference with 268.8 passing yards per game and 266.8 yards of total offense per game. He is 107 of 164 and leads the NEFC with 1,359 yards and 14 touchdowns while throwing only three interceptions.

His favorite targets are sophomore Alec Matys (31 receptions for 405 yards), who leads the NEFC with six touchdown receptions and junior Nate Lewis (27 receptions/288 yards).

Sophomore Spencer Walsh leads Endicott on the ground with 123 carries for 668 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Gulls defense is allowing 21.3 points and 328.7 yards per game.

Senior defensive lineman Marcell Cooper leads the team with 51 tackles, 25 solo, 4.5 for loss while senior linebacker Nick Kozlowski is second with 48 tackles, 20 solo.

Senior Dylan Rushe is a perfect 7 for 7 on field goals this season and leads the conference with a 42.3 punting average.

UP NEXT: Coast Guard has a bye next week before travelling to Salve Regina in Newport, R.I. on November 9th with kickoff set for noon.

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