BEVERLY, Mass.—Sophomore Spencer Walsh carried 30 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns while senior Dylan Rushe kicked four field goals leading Endicott to a 33-7 New England Football Conference win over Coast Guard.
The Gulls remain unbeaten in NEFC play at 4-0 and improve to 5-2 overall while the Bears NEFC championship hopes came to an end as they dropped to a 3-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Endicott junior Drew Frenette was 29 of 43 for 302 yards and a score in the win.
Coast Guard took the lead 7-3 on 5-yard touchdown run by junior Jake Wawrzyniak with 35 seconds left in the first quarter. The big play in the 81-yard drive was a 57-yard halfback option pass from Wawrzyniak to junior wide receiver Collis Brown.
Endicott would respond quickly however as just 58 seconds later Frenette threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Alec Matys for a 10-7 lead. The Gulls would score on four straight possessions in the second quarter to take control of the game.
Rushe kicked a 54-yard field goal to push the lead to 13-7 with 11:50 left in the half before a 5-yard touchdown run by sophomore Spencer Walsh made it 20-7 with 6:30 left in the half.
Rushe connected from 32 yards pushing the lead to 23-7 with 1:58 left. He would miss a 43-yard attempt with five seconds left as the Gulls took the 23-7 lead into the half.
The key play in the first half came with the Bears trailing 13-7. Freshman quarterback Derek Victory completed a 63-yard pass to Brown to set the Bears up at the Gulls 19-yard line, but Victory was intercepted at the 9-yard line and Walsh would cap a 91-yard drive with his 5-yard run.
Endicott had 344 yards of total offense in the first half, 220 passing while Coast Guard had 192 total first half yards, 168 of those passing.
Rushe booted a 28 yard field goal in the third quarter and Walsh had a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the only scoring of the second half.
Victory was 21 of 42 for 193 yards with an interception.
Brown had a team-high eight receptions for 166 yards while 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.
"Endicott is a good team and strong in all facets of the game," said Coast Guard head coach Bill George. "We hung with them for a while, but we didn't capitalize when we had some chances on some of our drives that could have kept us in the game. We played well in certain aspects of the game, but we made some mistakes and they outplayed us in certain aspects. Overall I thought we hung in there."
The Bears have a bye next week and are back in action on Nov. 9th when they travel to Salve Regina with kickoff set for noon.