GAME #7 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Look To Win Third Straight

Darius Adams
Darius Adams

COAST GUARD (3-3, 2-1) AT NICHOLS (2-4, 0-3)
OCT. 22ND -- NOON-- DUDLEY, MASS.

ON THE AIR: The game will be aired live on WXLM-980 AM. There also both an audio and video stream available and those links can be found at www.cgasports.com on the football schedule page.

THE SERIES: Coast Guard leads 3-0.

LAST YEAR: Sophomore quarterback Adam Davis threw for 301 yards and a pair of touchdowns and senior Joe Rizzardi returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown leading Coast Guard to a 24-6 win over Nichols in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) game.

Davis, filling in for junior Derek Victory, who was injured the previous and missed the rest of the season, was 25 of 46 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Bears scored on the opening possession of the game as Davis marched the team 80 yards in just seven plays. He hit sophomore tight end Cody Bain with a 44-yard touchdown pass down the sideline with just 1:37 into the game for the 7-0 lead.

Coast Guard missed 35-yard field goal with 2:02 left in the opening quarter, but on the next possession, Rizzardi intercepted Michael McCourt and returned it 52 yards to push the lead to 14-0 with 14:15 left in the first half.

Davis threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to senior Carter Provost with 6:26 left in the first to push the lead to 21-0.

Senior Tyler Henning would add a 32-yard field goal with 27 seconds left in the half for a 24 -0 lead.

Nichols punted on six of its seven first half possessions and also threw the interception. The Bears had 226 yards of total offense in the first half, 196 passing while the Bison had 80 yards in the first half.

The Bison finally got on the board with 6:10 left on a 9-yard touchdown run by senior Andre Rickerson. The two-point pass failed and the score was 24-6.

Senior wide receiver Jordan Groff had a big day for the Bears leading the way with nine receptions for 125 yards while Provost had five catches for 79 yards.

Nichols sophomore quarterback Michael McCourt was 15 of 27 for 75 yards with one interception while leading the way with 27 carries for 84 yards. Junior Grant Klimeck added 18 carries for 56 yards.

Coast Guard finished with 329 total yards, 301 in the air while Nichols had 267 yards, 192 rushing.

Senior linebacker Kyle Wood led the Bears with 11 tackles and a sack while Rizzardi added ten tackles, nine solo, two for loss the interception return for a touchdown as well as a partially blocked punt.

LAST WEEK: Senior quarterback Derek Victory had a record setting afternoon as he accounted for seven touchdowns leading Coast Guard to wild a 56-54 win over Curry in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) game. The game featured 13 touchdown passes tying an NCAA Division III record.

Victory set both school and NEFC records with 525 passing yards, a school record with 547 yards of total offense and tied a school record with six touchdowns and also ran for another in the win giving him a now Coast Guard career best 44 career touchdowns passes. He was 32 of 46 with three interceptions in the win.

Curry junior quarterback Alex Corvese threw for 519 yards and seven touchdowns in the loss. He was 42 of 63 with one interception.

Coast guard junior Darius Adams, tied a pair of records as he tied the single-game record with three touchdown receptions and the season record with his ninth TD reception. He finished with seven receptions for 213 yards and had three TD receptions for the second time this season.

Sophomore Cole Austin tied a school record as he made all eight extra points in the win.

Curry senior Jake Cawlina led the Colonels with 14 receptions for 210 yards and four touchdowns.

The teams combined for 1,217 yards, 1,044 of those in the air. Coast Guard had 614 yards of total offense including the school record 525 passing while Curry had 603 total yards, 519 in the air.

Salve Regina scored 32 unanswered points to beat Nichols 52-14 on Saturday.

Freshman Tony Martignoli led the Bison with 199 receiving yards and one touchdown as freshman quarterback Chris Mullins threw for a career-high 359 yards and two touchdowns.

BEARS TO COMPETE IN NEWMAC IN FOOTBALL BEGINNING IN 2017: It was announced  in April of 2015 that the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) will begin sponsoring the sport of football starting in the 2017 season. Current conference members, Coast Guard, MIT, Springfield College and WPI will be joined by Maine Maritime Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and Norwich University and Catholic, who enter the NEWMAC as associate members in 2017.

Springfield, WPI, and Merchant Marine have been participating in the Liberty League, while MIT, Coast Guard, and Maine Maritime are members of the New England Football Conference, and Norwich is a part of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference and Catholic is part of the ODAC. In addition to the connection Maine Maritime, Merchant Marine and Norwich have to Coast Guard, MIT, Springfield and WPI in football; they also have long-standing relationships with NEWMAC members in other sports.  

BEARS PICKED SIXTH IN THE NEFC PRESEASON POLL: Defending New England Football Conference Champion Western New England was picked by the coaches in the Conference to repeat its NEFC title while Coast Guard has been picked sixth.

2016 POLL
1. Western New England 59 (5 first place votes)
2. Salve Regina 56 (2 first place votes)
3. Endicott College 50 (1 first place vote)
T4. Curry College 31
T4. MIT 31
6. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 30
7. Maine Maritime Academy 20
8. Nichols College 12

*Points are awarded based on position selected in the poll. A first place vote is awarded one point, a second place vote is two points, etc.

VICTORY CONTINUES TO REWRITE THE RECORD BOOK: Senior quarterback Derek Victory set or tied seven school records in the 56-54 win on Saturday to earn NEFC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors and now has tied or holds 18 records in his magnificent career.

SEVEN RECORDS HE SET OR TIED ON SATURDAY

COAST GUARD ACADEMY
Most Passing Yards in a Game (Individual): 525
Most Passing Yards in a Game (Team): 525
Most Yards of Total Offense in Game: 547
Most Passing TD's in a Career: 44
Most Passing TD's in a Game: 6 (tied)

NEFC
Most Passing Yards in Game (Individual): 525
Most Passing Yards in Game (Team): 525

THE REST OF VICTORY'S SCHOOL RECORDS

INDIVIDUAL PASSING
Most Passing Yards in a Game: 525, vs. Curry (2016)
Most Passing Yards in a Career: 6,439

Most Passes Attempted in a Season, 409, 2014
Most Passes Attempted in a Career: 1,132

Most Passes Completed in a Game: 36, vs. WNE (2013)
Most Passes Completed in a Season: 220, 2014
Most Passes Completed in a Career: 637

Most TD Passes in Game: TIED with 6, vs Curry (2016)
Most TD Passes in a Career: 44

TOTAL OFFENSE
Most Yards in a Game: 547, vs. Curry (2016)
Most Yards in a Career: 6,692

ADAMS, AUSTIN JOIN IN THE RECORD BREAKING WIN: Junior wide receiver Darius Adams and sophomore kicker Cole Austin also set records in the win on Saturday.

Adams, playing his first year of football at any level, continues his outstanding season. On Saturday, he had seven receptions for 213 yards and a school-record tying three touchdown receptions. It was the second time this season he had over 200 yards and the record tying three touchdowns. He also tied the single-season school record with his ninth TD reception in the win.

He has 27 receptions for 646 yards and the nine touchdowns. Adams is seventh in Division III with 23.9 yards per reception and his nine touchdowns are ninth in the nation.

Austin tied a school record by making eight extra points on Saturday to earn NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He was a perfect 8-for-8 in the game and is now 15-for-16 on the season.

COAST GUARD'S 2016 NEFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
WEEK 1 -- Derek Victory, NEFC Offensive Player of the Week
WEEK 2 -- Ryan Robertson, NEFC Defensive Player of the Week
WEEK 5 -- Derek Victory, NEFC Offensive Player of the Week
WEEK 5 -- Chip Crowley, NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week
WEEK 5 -- Patrick Crowley, NEFC Defensive Rookie of the Week
WEEK 6 -- Derek Victory, NEFC Co-Offensive Player of the Week
WEEK 6 -- Cole Austin, NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week

ADAMS NAMED TO D3FOOTBALL.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK:  Junior wide receiver Darius Adams was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week as he tied a pair of school records in the Bears 56-54 win over Curry.

Adams, playing his first year of football at any level, had eight receptions for 213 yards and tied a school record with three touchdown receptions in a 56-54 win over Curry. He also tied the single-season school record with nine touchdown receptions. This is his second three touchdown game of the season for Adams.

He has 27 receptions for a team-high 646 yards and the nine touchdowns which lead the New England Football Conference (NEFC). His 23.9 yards per reception is seventh in the nation.

BEARS TO WEAR THREE HELMET STICKERS THIS SEASON: This season the team is privileged to display helmet decals that will recognize and commemorate two very significant events in the history of the Academy. 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the first African American graduate of the Academy – CDR Merle Smith, CGA Class of '66 was an end on the football team and served with distinction including as a stint as a member of the academy's faculty. 

Additionally, 2016 is the 40th anniversary of the first class of women to matriculate to CGA. The women who first arrived at CGA in the summer of 1976 eventually became the academy's first female graduates in 1980.  At the Secretaries Cup football game vs. Merchant Marine on September 10 at Cadet Memorial Field, we will bring this recognition to life as CDR Smith and CAPT Sue Bibeau, CGA Class of '80 and the first women at any federal service academy to earn a varsity letter, will serve as Honorary Captains.  This commemoration represents a true, relevant recognition of the diversity that distinguishes CGA.

The team added a third helmet decal before third game of the season, a # 28, to honor the memory of U.S. Military Academy cadet-athlete Brandon T. Jackson, who died as a result of a car accident on Sept. 11th of this season.

This year marks the fourth consecutive season the team has elected to recognize and honor significant and historic people or events through commemorative helmet decals.

COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 18th season, has a record 60 career wins as head coach at the Academy as he passed John Merriman for the most in program history in the win over Maine Maritime on Oct. 19th, 2013.

Merriman was the coach from (1930-1945) and the Gymnasium is named is his honor. In 2012, George passed NFL Hall of Famer and former Director of Athletics and head football coach Otto Graham, who had 43 wins in his two stints as head coach (1959-'65 and 1974-'75). Coach George led the Bears to a pair of NEFC Bogan Division championships in 2006 and 2007.

A LOOK BACK AT THE 1996 NCAA PLAYOFF TEAM: It has been 20 years since the 1996 football team made the program's first NCAA Playoff appearance. That team coached by Bill Schmitz won a share of the Freedom Football Conference (FFC) and with an 8-2 record earned that NCAA berth where they lost a heartbreaker to The College of New Jersey 17-16.

Each week this season, we will take a look back at how that team did.

In their seventh game of the season Coast Guard stunned Union, the #2 team in the NCAA East rankings, 31-6 to snap the Dutchmen's 14-game regular season winning streak.

Andy Guedry, the Bears punter, was named the FFC Defensive Player of the Week as he pinned Union inside the 20 six times including three inside the ten. He also had three punts of over 55 yards (56, 58, 61) and helped the Bears win the field position battle.

James Jones carried 35 times for 114 yards and three touchdowns including a pair of first half touchdowns as the Bears led 14-0 at the half.

SCOUTING COAST GUARD: Coast Guard, which will play three of its final four games of the season on the road, looks to win its third straight and get over .500 on the season.

The Bears feature a potent passing attack that leads the NEFC and is 11th nationally with 343 yards per game.

Senior quarterback Derek Victory is 128 of 216 for 1,562 yards with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions while sophomore Ethan Goldcamp is 36 of 71 for 496 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
The Bears are averaging 33 points per game, fourth best in the NEFC this season.

Junior tight end Cody Bain leads the team with 39 receptions for 516 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Darius Adams, who leads the NEFC with nine touchdown receptions, has 27 receptions for a team-high 646 yards. His 23.9 yards per reception is seventh in the nation. Senior wide receiver Kyle Jackson has 26 catches for 255 yards and two touchdowns

The Coast Guard defense is allowing 33.3 points and an NEFC-high 489.4 yards per game, an NEFC-high 240.7 of those on the ground and 248.5 in the air. The Bears have forced 14 turnovers this season. Coast Guard has recovered the most fumbles (9) in the conference which ranks them eighth nationally and the Bears two defensive touchdowns are 24th nationally and are second in the conference.

Junior strong safety Ryan Robertson leads the team with 52 tackles while sophomore linebacker Jake Behne is second with 35 tackles. Sophomore linebacker Titus Creamer leads the team wtih six tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.

Sophomore Chip Crowley is averaging 35.2 yards per punt on the season.

SCOUTING NICHOLS: The Bison look to snap a three-game slide having lost their first three NEFC games by a combined score of 145-41.

Freshman Chris Mullins is 123 of 240 yards for 1,510 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. Her favorite target is classmate Tony Martignoli, who has 24 receptions for 420 yards and five touchdowns while Brendan Massey has 22 catches for 339 yards and two touchdowns.

Josh Pierre-Charles leads the Bison on the ground with 76 carries for 427 yards and three touchdowns while Mullins has 121 rushing yards and two scores.

Nichols is averaging 16.7 points per game and 375.5 yards per game, 123.5 rushing and 252 passing.

The Bison defense which is allowing 33.2 points and 422.3 yards per game (210.7 rushing) is led by Matt McEvilly's 77 tackles and 12 tackles for loss.

UP NEXT: Coast Guard travels to MIT on Oct. 29th for a noon kickoff.

 

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