Resch's Record-Setting Day Leads Bears to 42-13 Win
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior quarterback Jon Resch closed his record setting career by tying his own school-record with six touchdown passes in just over three quarters as Coast Guard beat Maine Maritime 42-13 in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division game in the final game of the season
Coast Guard finishes the season 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the Bogan Division, finishing above .500 on the season for the first time since 2007. Maine Maritime finished the season 0-9 overall and 0-7 in division play.
Resch broke three records in the game and tied another. With his six touchdown passes he set the single season school-record with 23 and the Coast Guard career mark with 38 touchdown passes breaking the single-season record of 19 set by Dan Warren in 1996 and breaking Warren' career record of 37 touchdown pass from 1994-'97. He also became the Bears all-time leading in passing yards as he finished his career with 4,569 yards breaking Cory Anderson's record of 4,459 set from 2002-'05. He also leaves as the Bears all-time leader with 4,883 yards of total offense after finishing with a school-record 2,675 this season.
The senior signal caller tied his own school-record of six touchdown passes set when he came off the bench during his freshman season and threw for a school-record 469 yards and six touchdowns in a 76-49 home loss to Maine Maritime.
This year he set single-season school records with 215 completions, 360 attempts, 2,514 passing yards, 2,675 yards of total offense and the 23 touchdowns. He set a school-record earlier in the year with the longest pass play, a 96-yard touchdown pass to senior Pat Meggers.
Resch threw a pair of first quarter touchdowns to senior tight end Casey Paris from 17 and three yards for a 14-0 lead.
Meggers caught a 6-yard touchdown before backup tight end junior Ethan Baisden caught his first career touchdown, a 1-yard pass from Resch with 2:34 left in the first half as the Bears led 28-0 at halftime.
Senior Todd Stephens had the first touchdown reception of his career, a 13-yarder with 4:42 left in the third quarter as the Bears led 35-0 after three quarters.
Paris put his name in the record books as well as he caught his school-record tying third touchdown of the game, a 28-yard pass, with 14:07 left in the game for a 42-0 lead. Resch would come back on the first for the Bears next possession and leave to a standing ovation after the first play. He was 23 of 36 for 235 yards with six touchdown passes to go with 14 rushing yards.
Freshman kicker Tyler Henning made all six extra points and finished the season a perfect 39-for-39 on extra points.
Coast Guard finished with 439 yards of total offense to break the school-record for most offensive yards in a season. The Bears had 3,661 yards this season breaking the mark of 3,549 set in 2007.
The Bears had 270 passing yards and 169 rushing yards as sophomore Jake Wawrzyniak led the way with nine carries for 66 yards.
Paris had a team-high seven receptions for 79 yards as 11 different players recorded receptions in the win for Coast Guard.
Maine Maritime junior fullback Billy Wetherbee, who led the Mariners with 17 carries for 153 yards scored both Mariner touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He got the team on the board with a 7-yard run before breaking a 65-yard touchdown run with 4:58 left to close the scoring.
Freshman quarterback Michael Fahey carried 30 times for 122 yards as the Mariners finished with 360 total yards, 307 rushing and 53 passing.
Senior linebacker Parker Bateson had a career-high 16 tackles, 10 solo, four for loss, one sack and a pair of fumble recoveries in the final game of his career for Coast Guard.
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