Big Second Half Leads WPI Past Bears

Cam Cecchini
Cam Cecchini

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Sean McAllen rushed for 152 yards and a three touchdowns and WPI scored 30 straight second half points as the Engineers beat Coast Guard 44-16 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Sophomore Connor Field added a pair of rushing touchdowns as WPI won its fifth straight, its longest winning streak since 1992, to improve to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the NEWMAC. The Bears dropped their fifth straight falling to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the conference.

WPI led 14-10 at halftime and took control outscoring the Bears 16-0 in the third quarter racking up 194 third quarter yards while holding Coast Guard to negative 19 yards in the third quarter as WPI which ran 27 plays in the first half, had 25 plays in the third.

The Engineers finished with 416 yards of total offense, 200 on the ground while the Bears had 202 yards of total offense, 143 of those passing. WPI outgained the Bears 279-71 in the second half.

Coast Guard sophomore quarterback Ryan Jones was 10 for 17 for 100 yards. Freshman Justin Moffatt had three receptions for 66 yards to lead the Coast Guard receivers. Senior Cam Cecchini led the Bears with 13 carries for 70 yards on the ground. Sophomore Patrick Crowley led the Bears defense with nine tackles, all solo.

McAllen's 3-yard touchdown run capped a seven play, 67-yard drive on the opening possession of the second half giving WPI a 21-10 lead with 11:48 left in the third quarter. McAllen carried on six of the seven plays in the drive, rushing for 57 yards.

Coast Guard junior defensive lineman Tommy Jones had his first career interception off a pass deflected by sophomore R.J. Robiskie on WPI's next possession after a Coast Guard interception, but the Bears were forced to punt.

WPI would take command of the game with a 7 play, 80 yard drive capped on a 10-yard touchdown run by sophomore Connor Field for a 28-10 lead with 3:05 left in the third quarter.

The Engineers added a safety on a bad snap on a punt to push the lead to 30-10 with 1:39 left in the third.

McAllen had a 5-yard touchdown with 13:10 left to open the scoring in the fourth quarter and sophomore Jackson Brandin added a 4-yard scamper with 3:21 left.

Coast Guard backup quarterback Jake Pawlina scored his first career touchdown, a 5-yard run with 57 seconds left to close the scoring.

McAllen's 4-yard touchdown run with 11:51 left in the first quarter capped WPI's opening drive giving the Engineers a 7-0 lead.

Sophomore Kane Alletzhauser recovered a fumble on WPI's next possession at the Coast Guard 27-yard line and the Bears would go 73 yards in 12 plays, a seven minute drive, tying the game on a 32-yard touchdown run by senior Cam Cecchini with 2:09 left in the opening quarter.

WPI would take advantage of a short field thanks to a 41-yard punt return by sophomore Austin Pesce setting the Engineers up at the Coast Guard 14-yard line. Field's 1-yard touchdown run with 10:58 left in the first half gave WPI a 14-7 lead.

The Bears took over with 32 seconds left in the half and Jones completed a 38-yard pass to Adams setting up a 37-yard field goal by junior Cole Austin with five seconds left to make the score 14-10 at halftime.

Coast Guard punted on five of its six first half possessions in the first half.

It was the first meeting between the teams since a 23-13 win by WPI in 2005.

The Bears will close out the season next Saturday, Veterans Day, at home in the annual battle for the Secretaries' Cup game against archrival Merchant Marine. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 at noon.

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