GAME #9 PREVIEW -- Bears Travel to Salve Regina in Final Road Game

GAME #9 PREVIEW -- Bears Travel to Salve Regina in Final Road Game

COAST GUARD (3-5, 3-2) at SALVE REGINA (6-2, 5-0)


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: Salve Regina leads the all-time series 2-0 as the beat the Bears 36-6 in 2000 and 17-14 in 2001.

LAST WEEK: Coast Guard had a bye week after a 33-7 loss to Endicott the previous week. Sophomore Spencer Walsh carried 30 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns while senior Dylan Rushe kicked four field goals leading Endicott to the win. Endicott junior Drew Frenette was 29 of 43 for 302 yards and a score in the win.

Coast Guard freshman quarterback Derek Victory was 21 of 42 for 193 yards with an interception. Junior Collis Brown had a team-high eight receptions for 166 yards while junior Jake Wawrzyniak led the Bears on the ground with 12 carries for 39 yards and a score while he also had six receptions for 31 yards and completed a 57-yard pass in the loss.

Endicott finished with 502 total yards, 302 passing while Coast Guard had 298 yards of total offense, 253 of those in the air.

Salve Regina is coming off a 42-8 win over Maine Maritime on Saturday as Dan Buonocore and Steven Wilken had career days in the win. Wilken completed 21 of 31 passes for a career-best 347 yards, including three touchdown passes while Buonocore rushed for a game and career-best 136 yards on 23 rushes, including a touchdown run to open the game. The Seahawk offense had a program-best 604 yards.

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. We have already highlighted the Bears eight wins as the team finished unbeaten and untied for the first time in school history. The 8-0 Bears were 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.

The Bears got a royal greeting when they arrived in Orlando as they were met at the airport by a motorcade and escorted to the quarters at the Orlando Air Force base where the team was staying.

The team would have double session practices at a nearby high school field in preparation for the game. The Bears arrived in Orlando, four days before Western Kentucky.

The Bears would practice twice daily until Christmas, the game was 8 p.m. on Dec. 28th. In next week's notes, we look back at the Tangerine Bowl in which the Bears were a huge underdog.

SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears look bounce back from a loss two weeks after enjoying the bye week.

The Coast Guard offense is scoring 24.1 points and averaging 304.1 yards per game. The Bears, 3-5 overall and 3-2 in the NEFC, are averaging 227.6 passing yards per game and a league-low 76.5 rushing yards per game.

The Bears are third in red zone offense in the NEFC as they are 24 of 29 inside the opponents 20-yard line with 15 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 137 of 229 for 1,313 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season.

Junior Jake Wawrzyniak leads the Bears with 115 carries for 369 yards on the season while he also has 31 receptions for 131 yards.

Junior Collis Brown leads the NEFC with 51 catches and 787 yards with five touchdowns while senior Nick Fredericksen is second on the team with 37 catches for 309 yards and a touchdown.

The Bears defense is allowing 26.9 points per game and 448.4 yards per game, 265.2 rushing and 183.1 passing.

Junior defensive end Aaron Black leads the team with with 73 tackles, 42 solo while sophomore strong safety Joe Rizzardi is second with 72 tackles, 53 solo and leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss.

Sophomore kicker Tyler Henning is second in the NEFC with 11 field goals, he is 11 for 13 on the season with a long of 44 yards. He is 22 for 23 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 are tied for the NEFC lead with ten interceptions while the offense has allowed a league-low six sacks.

SCOUTING SALVE REGINA: The Seahawks, who will play for the NEFC Championship and NCAA tournament berth next Saturday at Endicott, are looking to win their sixth straight game against Division III opponents. The Seahawks two losses this season are a 17-16 loss to Montclair State in the second week of the season and a 47-13 to Division I opponent Central Connecticut on Oct. 26th.

Salve Regina is averaging 32.2 points per game and 435 yards of total offense, 228.4 passing and 206.6 yards per game on the ground.

Junior Steven Wilken leads the balanced attack. He is 133 of 256 for 1,783 yards and a NEFC best 18 touchdown passes while also throwing a conference-high 12 interceptions.

Junior running back Dan Buonocore leads the team with 39 receptions for 456 yards and four touchdowns while junior Matthew Traynor had 36 catches for a team-high 688 yards and eight touchdowns.

Senior Richie Edwards leads the Seahawk ground attack wtih 110 carries for 635 yards and three touchdowns while Buonocore has carried 94 times for 378 yards with four scores.

The Salve Regina defense is the best in the NEFC. They are allowing league-lows in points (17), total yards (287.9), passing yards (141.4), rushing yards (146.5), opponents first downs (13.5 per game) and sacks (19).

Sophomore linebacker Danny Ives leads the team with 67 tackles, 37 solo with 4.5 tackles for loss. Senior defensive back Joshua Burnett has 57 tackles, 29 solo while sophomore defensive lineman Hayden Stanton (45 tackles) leads the team with 7.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss.

UP NEXT: Coast Guard closes out the 2013 when they host MIT on Nov. 16th with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

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