GAME #9 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Celebrate New London in Final Home Game

GAME #9 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Celebrate New London in Final Home Game

ENDICOTT (3-5, 3-2) AT COAST GUARD (3-5, 2-3)
NOV. 5TH -- NOON -- NEW LONDON, CONN.
** CELEBRATE NEW LONDON **


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: Endicott leads 3-0.

LAST YEAR: Three different players threw touchdown passes leading Endicott to a 33-5 win over Coast Guard in a New England Football Conference game, the season finale for both teams.

The Gulls finished with 491 yards of total offense, 323 yards passing while the Bears were held to a season-low 110 yards, just 24 passing.

Sophomore Adam Davis was 3 of 10 for 11 yards while freshman Ethan Goldcamp was 4 or 10 for 13 yards in the loss. Senior Mike Clancy led the Bears with ten carries for 64 yards.

Seniors Mitch Holloway and Jordan Groff each had two receptions to lead the Bears.

Senior linebacker Paul Puddington finished with a team high-high 11 tackles while senior Kyle Wood had nine stops and juniors Nick Lodovici and Logan Mars each had eight tackles for Coast Guard.

Michael Scherer was 12 of 20 for 201 yards and a touchdown while Sam Ouellette was 8 of 10 for 113 yards and two touchdown passes for the Gulls.

Lavante Wiggins led Endicott with 16 carries for 73 yards.

Kyle Regan opened the scoring with a 23 yard field goal with 7:33 left in the first quarter.

Jacob Simmons caught a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter with receptions of 22 and 14 yards. The extra point on the second touchdown was blocked and senior Joe Rizzardi returned it all the way for two points and the Bears trailed 16-2 with 3:30 left in the first half.

Endicott had 222 yards of total offense in the first half, 122 of those on the ground while the Bears were held to 29 yards total yards, 20 of those yards rushing.

Jake Pelletier threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Michael Scherer  with 8:05 left in the third quarter to push the lead to 23-2.

Senior Tyler Henning booted a season-long 40 yard field goal, the school-record tying 28th of his career with 2:52 left in the quarter to make the score 23-5.

Regan would kick a 27-yard field goal and Connor Crotty would catch at 7-yard touchdown pass from Sam Ouelette with 3:15 left in the game to close the scoring.

LAST WEEK: MIT held Coast Guard to just 157 total yards, freshman John Robertson had 29 carries for 127 yards and a score and senior Tucker Cheyne kicked three field goals leading the Engineers to a 23-7 win over Coast Guard in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) game.

Freshman quarterback Ugdam Goyal was 21 of 32 for 213 yards as MIT improved to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in NEFC play while Coast Guard dropped to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

Coast Guard was held to negative two yards rushing on 17 carries as MIT dominated the time of possession holding the ball for over 40 minutes in the win.

MIT finished with 406 total yards, 193 rushing and 213 in the air.

Derek Victory was 12 of 22 for 128 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Camden Cecchini had a team-high five receptions for 34 yards while Darius Adams (57 yards) and Chip Crowley (44 yards) each had a pair of receptions in the loss.

Endicott lost to Salve Regina 41-20 as the Seahawks jumped out to a 27-0 lead and never looked back.

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 October 15th to earn NEFC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors as well as the Gold Helmet from the New England Football Writers. He now has tied or holds 14 records in his magnificent career.

COAST GUARD ACADEMY RECORDS

INDIVIDUAL PASSING
Most Passing Yards in a Game: 525, vs. Curry (2016)
Most Passing Yards in a Career: 6,837

Most Passes Attempted in a Season, 409, 2014
Most Passes Attempted in a Career: 1,195

Most Passes Completed in a Game: 36, vs. WNE (2013)
Most Passes Completed in a Season: 220, 2014
Most Passes Completed in a Career: 668

Most TD Passes in Game: TIED with 6, vs Curry (2016)
Most TD Passes in a Career: 46

TOTAL OFFENSE
Most Yards in a Game: 547, vs. Curry (2016)
Most Yards in a Career: 7,078

TEAM PASSING
Most Passing Yards in a Game: 525

NEFC RECORDS

Most Passing Yards in Game vs. Curry (Individual): 525
Most Passing Yards in Game  vs. Curry (Team): 525

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 the ninth game of the season, James Jones rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears won their sixth straight with a 52-27 win over WPI.

Coast Guard led 28-0 after one quarter and Dan Warren threw touchdown passed to Al Thompson and Christian Lee before Jones and Jamie Amon added touchdown runs.

SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears look to snap a two-game slide and get back on track in the final home game of the season on Celebrate New London Day at the Academy as kids from many New London public schools and their families will be in attendance.

Coast Guard is 19th nationally an first in the NEFC with 318.2 passing yards per game. The Bears are averaging 27.4 points per game, but scored a season-low seven on Saturday.

The Bears are averaging just 40.4 rushing yards per game, last in the NEFC, this season Coast Guard has been held to negative rushing yards three times.

Senior quarterback Derek Victory is 159 of 279 for 1,960 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions while sophomore Ethan Goldcamp is 44 of 88 for 599 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.
 
Junior tight end Cody Bain leads the team with 47 receptions for 648 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Darius Adams has 39 receptions and leads NEFC with 855 yards to go with his 11 touchdowns. His single-season school record 11 touchdown receptions rank him 12th nationally.

The Coast Guard defense is allowing 30.9 points and an NEFC-high 473.9 yards per game, an NEFC-high 231.1 of those on the ground and 242.8 in the air. The Bears have forced an NEFC best 22 turnovers this season. Coast Guard has recovered the most fumbles (12) in the conference which ranks them eighth nationally. The Bears are second in the NEFC in turnover margin plus 0.88 per game.

Junior strong safety Ryan Robertson leads the team with 78 tackles while junior free safety Matt O'Donnell is second with 50 total tackles. Sophomore linebacker Titus Creamer (41 tackles) leads the team with six tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.

Sophomore Chip Crowley is averaging 35.2 yards per punt on the season and leads the NEFC with ten inside the 20. Crowley is also the team's leading kick returner with a 20.2 yard average on 17 returns.

SCOUTING ENDICOTT: The Gulls, who play their final two games on the road, also ook to snap a two-game slide this week.

The Gulls are averaging 20.1 points and 300.8 yards per game, both are second to last in the conference. Endicott is is averaging 195.6 passing yards per game and 105.1 rushing yards per game.

Joe Kalosky is 72 of 145 for 924 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. His favorite target is Chris Lipscomb, who leads the team with 25 receptions for 386 yards and three touchdowns. Wide Receiver Conor Crotty (23 receptions, 321 yards, 2 TD) and running back Zach DeNike (22 receptions, 249 yards, 2 TD) are also threats for the Gulls.

Lavante Wiggins, who leads the team with 323 rushing yards and five touchdowns, not expected to play.

Endicott is allowing 24.5 points and 389 yards per game, 241.1 of those in the air.

Linebacker Will Rivera leads the team with 68 tackles, 33 solo and 11 tackles for loss.

UP NEXT: Coast Guard closes out the season at Western New England on Nov. 12th a 1:00.



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