GAME #10 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Close Out Season at NEFC Champ Western New England

Darius Adams
Darius Adams

COAST GUARD (3-6, 2-4) AT WESTERN NEW ENGLAND (9-0, 6-0)
NOV. 5TH -- 1:00 PM -- SPRINGFIELD, 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: Western New England leads 2-1.

LAST YEAR: Graduate quarterback Tyler Ward was 22 of 25 for 216 yards with a pair of touchdowns and Western New England, ranked 1st in New England and 19th nationally, scored touchdowns of six of its first eight possessions en route to a 51-0 win over Coast Guard.

Western New England finished with 586 yards, 348 of those on the ground. Coast Guard was held to a season-low 125 yards of total offense, 53 rushing.

Coast Guard sophomore Adam Davis was 8 of 18 for 28 yards with one interception while freshman Ethan Goldcamp was 8 of 11 for 44 yards off the bench.

LAST WEEK: Senior Chris Lipscomb had eight receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns leading Endicott to a 28-17 win over host Coast Guard.

Victory was 29 of 53 for 310 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the final home game of his career. He eclipsed the 7,000 yard mark in his career finishing the game with 7,147 passing yards and 48 TD's with one game left in his career.

Sophomore Jeff Porter had a career-high 11 receptions for 65 yards. Junior Darius Adams led the Bears with 94 yards on three catches.

Western New England University captured its second consecutive New England Football Conference (NEFC) title and third in program history with a 41-22 victory over Salve Regina.

The Golden Bears opened up a 21-0 lead and held off Salve Regina's rally early in the second half to claim the final NEFC championship. Western New England racked up 286 yards on the ground against the nation's second-ranked rushing defense (50.4 YPG) while limiting the Seahawks, who entered today's action ranked eighth in the NCAA in rushing offense (292.9 YPG) to just 88 yards.

Senior running back Nick Connell led Western New England's potent rushing attack with career-highs in both yards (170) and touchdowns (four) on 30 carries while senior Dante Aiken also topped the 100-yard mark, rushing for 107 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries.

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.

He enters the final game of his career close to one more record. He is 244 yards shy of the Coast Guard single-season passing yards record of 2,514 set by Jon Resch in 2012.

COAST GUARD ACADEMY RECORDS

INDIVIDUAL PASSING
Most Passing Yards in a Game: 525, vs. Curry (2016)
Most Passing Yards in a Career: 7,147

Most Passes Attempted in a Season, 409, 2014
Most Passes Attempted in a Career: 1,248

Most Passes Completed in a Game: 36, vs. WNE (2013)
Most Passes Completed in a Season: 220, 2014
Most Passes Completed in a Career: 697

Most TD Passes in Game: TIED with 6, vs Curry (2016)
Most TD Passes in a Career: 48

TOTAL OFFENSE
Most Yards in a Game: 547, vs. Curry (2016)
Most Yards in a Career: 7,399

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

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 final game of the season, Coast Guard travelled to rival Merchant Marine with the FFC Championship and NCAA playoff hopes on the line.

The Bears defense shutout Merchant Marine in the second half en route to a 23-13 win running their winning streak to seven and winning a share of the FFC Championship.

James Jones set a Coast Guard record with 42 carries and he finished with 144 yards in the win.

Christian Lee caught a pair of first half touchdowns from Dan Warrenas the Bears led 14-13 at the half.

Jones scored on a 1-yard run with 11:49 left in the game to close the scoring and the Coast Guard defense did the rest.

This was before the automatic bids for the tournament, so the Bears needed help and got it when Cortland State, ranked fourth in the region, was upset by Brockport State 23-16 putting the Bears in the NCAA Playoffs.

In the playoffs, Jones would score on a 1-yard run with 1:17 left to pull the Bears to within 17-16, but the extra point was wide right as College of New Jersey beat the Bears 17-16

SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears play their final game in the New England Football Conference, a league they joined in 2006 and won back-to-back Bogan Division championships in both 2006 and 2007.

Coast Guard is 19th nationally an first in the NEFC with 317.3 passing yards per game. The Bears are averaging 26.2 points per game.

The Bears are averaging just 42.4 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 188 of 332 for 2,270 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 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 50 receptions for 697 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Darius Adams has 42 receptions and leads NEFC with 949 yards, which is 17th nationally, to go with his single-season school record 12 touchdowns, which rank him 12th nationally. His 22.6 yards per reception is 11th in the nation. Adams is just 34 yards shy of the Academy single-season record of 983 yards set by Collis Brown in 2013.

The Coast Guard defense is allowing 30.6 points and an NEFC-high 466.8 yards per game, an NEFC-high 223.1 of those on the ground and 243.7 in the air. The Bears have forced 24 turnovers this season, second most in the conference. Coast Guard has recovered the most fumbles (13) in the conference. The Bears are third in the NEFC in turnover margin at plus seven for the season.

Junior strong safety Ryan Robertson leads the team with 81 tackles while junior free safety Matt O'Donnell is second with 56 total tackles. Sophomore linebacker Titus Creamer (44 tackles) leads the team with six tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. Freshman Patrick Crowley leads the team and is tied for the NEFC lead with four interceptions on the season.

Sophomore Chip Crowley is averaging 35.7 yards per punt on the season with an NEFC-high tying 12 inside the 20. Crowley is also the team's leading kick returner with a 19.8 yard average on 19 returns.

SCOUTING WESTERN NEW ENGLAND: The Golden Bears, ranked 1st in New England, wrapped up their second straight NEFC Championship and berth in the NCAA playoffs last week and will look to complete its second straight unbeaten regular season with a win this week.

Western New England has the top defense in the conference allowing just 15.8 points and 246.7 yards per game this season. The Golden Bears are allowing a league-low 131.7 passing yards per game and 115 rushing yards per game. They lead the NEFC in turnovers (+14) and interceptions (15).

Junior defensive back Sam Olsson and sophomore linebacker Kurtis Jolicoeur lead the team with 55 tackles each while senior cornerback Obi Etuka, the reigning NEFC Defensive Player of the Week, is tied for the NEFC lead with four interceptions.

The Golden Bears offense has turned the ball over just five times all season. Junior quarterback Anthony Service is 131 of 210 for 1,786 yards with 22 touchdowns and just two interceptions. His favorite target is junior Mark Dietrich, who has 33 receptions for 482 yars and seven touchdowns.

Western New England is averaging 41.6 points per game, tied with Salve Regina, for tops in the conference. The Golden Bears are averaging 450.4 yards per game, 239.2 on the ground and 211.2 in the air.

Senior Nick Connell, the reigning NEFC Offensive Player of the Week, leads the ground attack with 873 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had career-highs with 30 carrries, 170 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Salve Regina on Saturday, his third straight game with over 100 yards.




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