Records Fall as Bears Blank Fitchburg State
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior wide receiver Pat Meggers had a record setting day as he finished with a school-record 211 receiving yards and a school-record long 96-yard touchdown reception as Coast Guard scored touchdowns on six straight second half possessions and shutout Fitchburg State 59-0 in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division game to celebrate Homecoming Weekend.
The Bears even their record at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in NEFC Bogan Division play while Fitchburg dips to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the division.
Head Coach Bill George's Post Game Comments
Senior quarterback Jon Resch, who is fourth in the nation with 363.7 yards of total offense per game, was 27 of 37 for 391 yards and three touchdowns while also running for a touchdown, all in the third quarter, in the win.
He moved into fourth place on Coast Guard all-time yards passing list with 3,449 passing Pete Melnick (1992-'95), who threw for 3,072 yards. Resch gave way to sophomore backup Aaron Corn on the opening drive of the fourth quarter and Corn scored on a 1-yard touchdown, his first collegiate touchdown, with 10:43 left for a 45-0 lead.
Corn, who was a perfect 5 for 5 for 36 yards also threw his first collegiate touchdown, a 14-yard strike to sophomore Nick Couture, his first career catch, as the Bears made the score 52-0 with 6:32 left.
The Bears special teams made a play on the ensuing kickoff as freshman Mark Behne recovered the fumbled kickoff in the endzone to close the scoring with 6:17 left.
The Bears offense finished with 512 yards, 427 passing and 85 rushing while holding Fitchburg State to 246 yards, 169 passing and 77 rushing. Fitchburg entered the game with top pass defense in the NEFC allowing just 97.8 yards per game.
The only touchdown of the first half was a 2-yard run by sophomore Jake Wawrzyniak with eight minutes left in the first quarter. Freshman Tyler Henning added a 25-yard field goal with 4:40 left in the first quarter and the Bears led 10-0, a lead they would take to the half.
Coast Guard came out in the second half and was unstoppable posting 356 yards of total offense and scoring a touchdown on six straight offensive possessions including four touchdowns in the third quarter.
Resch threw three touchdowns and ran for another in the huge third quarter. He started off by throwing a 15-yard touchdown to sophomore Collis Brown before running one in from a yard out. He then threw a pair of touchdowns to Meggers, a 9-yard strike and later on 3rd and seven from his own 4-yard line, he hit Meggers for the school-record long 96 yard touchdown breaking the record set in 1998 when Dave Yadrick hit Tom Wallin for 88 yards vs. Mass. Maritime. Wallin also saw his single-game record of 188 receiving yards in that game broken by Meggers this afternoon.
Brown led the Bears with 10 receptions for 93 yards and a score while Wawrzyniak had 12 carries for 42 yards to lead Coast Guard on the ground.
Fitchburg junior quarterback Christian Lopez was 13 of 26 for 169 yards with two interceptions. Sophomore Step'fon Teague led the Falcons with 23 carreis or 61 yards.
Coast Guard senior cornerback Drew Russo and junior free safety Evan Rothfeld each had interceptions for Coast Guard while freshman Kyle Wood, making his first career start at linebacker and sophomore defensive lineman Aaron Black led the way with seven tackles each. Wood had a pair of sacks while Black also recorded a sack in the win.
The much maligned Coast Guard defense which was allowing 35.3 points and 512 yards per game was outstanding pitching its first shutout since a 3-0 win over Mass. Maritime in 2007.
It was the third largest shutout victory in Coast Guard history. The Bears beat New York Maritime 62-0 in 1985 and Cooper Union 61-0 way back in 1930.
Senior cornerback Drew Russo's Post Game Comments