October 10, 2012

GAME #6 PREVIEW -- Bears Travel to Westfield State

COAST GUARD (2-3, 1-2) at WESTFIELD STATE (2-4, 1-2)
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY

OCT. 13, 2012 -- 1:00 PM -- ALUMNI FIELD

ON THE AIR: The game will be aired live on WXLM-980 AM and there is an audio stream at www.wxlm.fm and a video stream at mascac.tv

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY: Join Westfield State as they pay special tribute to our service men and women. Military Appreciation Day includes free admission to the football game and a complimentary pre-game luncheon at noon in the Woodward Center lounge for active and veteran military personnel. RSVP to Will Lafever, Veteran & Military Service Coordinator, (413) 572-8370, wlafever@westfield.ma.edu

THE SERIES: Coast Guard leads 7-2.

LAST YEAR: Coast Guard, leading 21-17 with 1:49 left and Westfield State out of timeouts, fumbled the snap on its own three-yard line and senior quarterback Tyler Dow threw a three-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Jeff Winchell with 49 seconds left as Westfield State stunned the Parents' Weekend crowd and beat Coast Guard 24-21.
     
Coast Guard had taken the lead, its first of the game, 21-17 on a 41-yard touchdown pass from senior Jarrod Owens to junior Eric Gerken with 4:41 left in third quarter. The Bears however were held to just one total yard of offense in five possessions after that touchdown.
     
The Coast Guard defense came up huge time-and-time again in the fourth quarter as Westfield State missed a 35-yard field goal on its first possession of the quarter. The Owls drove from their own 38 to the Coast Guard two-yard line where Dow was tackled at the one-yard line by junior Mark Bonner on 4th-and-goal with 10:04 left to give the Bears the ball.
     
Later, the Owls moved from their own 40 to the Coast Guard 11-yard line when Bonner picked off Dow at the one-yard line with 1:58 left. It appeared Bonner's momentum took him into the endzone for a touchback, but the ball was spotted at the one-yard line setting up the fumbled snap and game winning touchdown for the Owls.
     
Coast Guard had taken a knee on first down forcing the Owls to use their final timeout before Owens fumbled the snap on second down and junior Justin Ehrhardt recovered.
          
Westfield State finished with 472 yards of total offense, 307 passing. Dow was 20 of 40 for 307 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Mercadante led the Owls with 25 carries for 70 yards while sophomore Brian Beauchemin had 11 carries for 56 yards. Nicol led the Owls with seven receptions for 134 yards and the touchdown while junior tight end Jake Storey had five receptions for 89 yards.
     
Coast Guard finished with 287 total yards, 151 passing. Owens was 12 of 28 for 136 yards while junior Jon Resch was 2 for 5 for 14 yards. Sophomore Tyler Hames led the Bears on the ground with 14 carries for 78 yards while Owens had 13 carries for 50 yards. Junior Eric Gerken, the leading receiver in the NEFC, had six catches for 77 yards.
     
Junior linebacker Anthony Raneri led the Owls with eight tackles, seven solo and one tackle for loss while junior linebackers Parker Bateson (12 tackles) and Curt Barrett (11 tackles) each had double-digit tackles for Coast Guard.

LAST WEEK: Senior quarterback Caleb Gelsomino threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another as Bridgewater State rushed for 306 yards and beat Coast Guard 44-21 last week.

Coast Guard, already without starting running back Tyler Hames, lost a pair of running backs in the opening minutes of the game and rushed for just 10 yards in the loss. Coast Guard finished the game with 300 total yards, 290 passing. Senior quarterback Jon Resch was 29 of 45 for 290 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Senior wide receiver Pat Meggers had 11 receptions for 99 yards and a score while freshman running back Mike Clancy had nine catches for 55 yards.

Westfield State scored on six of its seven first half possessions and scored a school-record 63 points en route to a 63-13 win over Maine Maritime. Westfield set the tone on its first play from scrimmage when freshman quarterback Erik Washburn, found Kane Terilli beyond the Mariners secondary for a 75-yard touchdown. Washburn completed 13 of 18 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. Terilli caught four passes for 106 yards.

COAST GUARD AIR ATTACK AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Senior quarterback Jon Resch is averaging 353 yards of total offense per game, which ranks him sixth in the nation and first in the New England Football Conference. Resch, who is 144 of 234 on the year with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions has 1,684 passing yards and 81 rushing yards for a total of 1,765 total yards in the first four games. Sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown is tied for 14th nationally with eight receptions per game, which leads the conference. Brown has 40 receptions for 379 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Pat Meggers is 15th nationally and tops in the NEFC with 109 receiving yards per game. Meggers has 29 catches for 545 yards and a team-high five touchdowns receptions. Coast Guard is seventh nationally with 344 passing yards per game

GEORGE TIED WITH OTTO GRAHAM: Coast Guard head coach Bill George won his 43rd game as head coach at the Coast Guard Academy on Sept. 29th tying him with NFL Hall of Famer and former Director of Athletics and head football coach Otto Graham. Graham won 43 games total in his two stints as head coach (1959-'65 and 1974-'75). John Merriman's 48 wins are the most at Coast Guard, he was the coach from (1930-1945) while Nelson W. Nitchman (1946-1958) is second with 45 career wins. Coach George led the Bears to a pair of NEFC Bogan Division championships in 2006 and 2007.

MR. 3,000: Senior quarterback Jon Resch went over the 3,000 yard mark for his career earlier this season to become just the fifth Coast Guard quarterback in history to do so and he moved into second place all-time in career passing yards at Coast Guard on Saturday. Resch now has 3,739 career passing yards. The Coast Guard career-record is 4,459 held by Cory Anderson (2002-'05). He passed both Bill Hucke (1980-'83), who was second all-time with 3,692 career passing yards, and Dan Warren (1994-'97) with 3,644 passing yards during the Parents' Weekend loss.

RECORDS ON THE RADAR: Jon Resch has a few single-season school records already in sight with four games left in the season. The Coast Guard single-season records for passes completed (183), passing yards (2,160) and touchdown passes (19) are all within grasp as Resch has already completed 144 passes for 1,684 yards with 14 touchdowns.

OUT WITH THE OLD ... IN WITH BLUE: Coast Guard has changed its helmet this season and for the first time the Bears are wearing blue helmets. The old helmets were orange with an interlocking CGA while the new helmets feature the newly designed orange bear head on the helmet.

BREAK 'EM UP: This will be the final season of the New England Football Conference's two-division format as eight teams will leave the conference. The eight remaining teams that will make up the new NEFC will be Coast Guard and Maine Maritime from the Bogan Division and Curry, Endicott, MIT, Nichols, Salve Regina and Western New England.

A LOOK BACK ON THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SECOND NCAA PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: In 1997, the Coast Guard Bears won their second straight Freedom Football Conference (FFC) and made the program's second consecutive appearance in the NCAA playoffs. Each week, we will look back at a game or games in that magical season in which the team finished 9-2.

In week six, Coast Guard won its 13th straight regular season game with a 21-14 win at Western Connecticut. Dan Warren threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Jamie Amon had a team-high 77 yards rushing and a touchdown in the win.

Ben Fleming was named the Freedom Football Conference (FFC) Defensive Player of the Week as he intercepted a pair of passes and had two pass breakups. Andy Guedry was named the FFC and Football Gazette Division III National Special Teams Player of the Week as he punted ten times for a 44.7 yards average and pinned the Colonials inside the 25-yard line seven times. Coast Guard moved upto third in the NCAA East Region rankings behind Rowan and Cortland State.

HONORABLE PERFORMANCE: Coast Guard senior wide receiver Pat Meggers earned a spot on the NEFC's weekly honor roll for the second straight week. He had 11 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears travel to Westfield State as the Owls' will hold Military Appreciation Day on Saturday.

Coast Guard is averaging 454.4 yards per game, 30th in Division III and the second in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) while Coast Guard's 38 points per game is 23rd nationally and also best in the conference.

Senior quarterback Jon Resch, who is sixth nationally with 353 yards of total offense per game and leads the NEFC with 336.8 passing yard per game. He is 144 of 234 on the year with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions and has 1,684 passing yards and 81 rushing yards for a total of 1,765 total yards.

Sophomore wide receiver Collis Brown is tied for 14th nationally with eight receptions per game. Brown has 40 receptions for 379 yards and four touchdowns while senior wide receiver Pat Meggers, who leads the NEFC with 109 receiving yards per game, has 29 catches for a team-high 545 yards and five touchdowns.

Coast Guard lost starting running back Tyler Hames to injury in the second game of the season while sophomore Jake Wawrzyniak, who leads the team with 75 carries, 335 yards and six rushing touchdowns on the season and sophomore Matt Monteilh, were both injured in the opening minutes on Saturday.

Freshman Mike Clancy will make his first collegiate start after carrying seven times for 12 yards and a score and making nine receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown off the bench last week.

Coast Guard is averaging Bogan Division low 110.4 rushing yards per game.

The Coast Guard defense is allowing a NEFC-high 455.2 yards and 244.6 yards rushing per game.

The Bears are leading the Bogan Division in turnover margin, at +1.6 per game, the defense has 17 takeaways, 11 fumbles and six interceptions.

Senior strong safety Dante Adams leads the team with 43 tackles, 28 solo while senior linebacker Parker Bateson is second with 39 tackles, 18 solo. Senior linebacker Max Walker has 29 tackles. Senior cornerback Drew Russo has two of the Bears six interceptions this season.

SCOUTING WESTFIELD STATE: The Owls snapped a four-game slide by scoring a school-record 63 points to beat Maine Maritime 63-13 on Saturday.

Westfield is averaging 348.5 yards and 29.2 points per game. The Owls have 216.3 passing yards per game while rushing for 132.2 yards per game this season.

Sophomore Michael Mercadante leads the Owls with 119 carries, 523 yards and nine touchdowns and he also has eight receptions for 120 yards.

Freshman quarterback Erik Washburn is 37 of 52 for 456 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions in four games this season including the start last week. Junior quarterback Tim Rich is 61 of 111 for 842 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions.

Senior Kevin Parnell leads the team with 29 receptions for 392 yards and four touchdowns while junior Kane Terill is second with 16 catches for 294 yards and three touchdowns.

The Westfield State defense is allowing 360 yards per game, 151.8 rushing and 208.2 passing yards.

Senior linebacker Justin Ehrhardt leads the team with 53 tackles, 35 solo and eight for loss with four sacks while sophomore linebacker Troy Cutter has 33 tackles, 19 solo.

UP NEXT: Coast Guard will travel to Worcester State on Oct. 20th for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.

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