GAME #6 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Riding Three-Game Win Streak Travel to NEWMAC Power Springfield

GAME #6 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Riding Three-Game Win Streak Travel to NEWMAC Power Springfield
COAST GUARD (4-1, 2-0) AT SPRINGFIELD (4-1, 2-0)
OCT. 6TH -- NOON -- SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

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THE SERIES: Springfield leads 13-4 
 
LAST YEAR: Senior Jordan Wilcox carried 21 times for 187 yards and a touchdown as Springfield, the No.1 team in New England, rushed for 441 yards en route to a 38-7 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
 
Senior quarterback Jake Eglintine (2 of 5 for 30 yards) rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries and also scored one of the Pride's five rushing touchdowns. Sophomore Hunter Belzo finished with eight carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
 
The Pride, who have the top rushing offense in Division III with 433.8 rushing yards per game, finished with 471 yards of total offense with 69 carries for 441 rushing yards while Coast Guard was held to 153 total yards, just seven of those on the ground.
 
Coast Guard sophomore Ryan Jones, making his second career start, was 16 of 35 for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
 
Senior Darius Adams led the Bears with four receptions for 74 yards and the only touchdown, an 18-yard reception in the third quarter.
 
Coast Guard senior Matt O'Donnell led the Bears with 12 tackles, 10 solo while sophomore Patrick Crowley had nine tackles, eight solo. Freshman Andre Horner recovered a fumble for the Bears, the only Springfield turnover in the game.
 
LAST WEEK: Sophomore Chris Gardner ran for a career-high 109 yards and Coast Guard rushed over 200 yards for just the fourth time in the last six years as the Bears won their third straight beating Catholic 20-9 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
 
Gardner carried 17 times for 109 yards while junior quarterback Ryan Jones carried 14 times for 68 yards and a score. Jones was 13 of 23 for 144 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
 
Sophomore Justin Moffatt had six receptions for 84 yards to lead the Coast Guard receivers while junior cornerback Patrick Crowley led the Coast Guard defense with 10 tackles and an interception.
 
The Bears finished with 385 total yards, 241 rushing and 144 passing while Catholic had 357 yards, 315 passing and just 42 yards on the ground.
 
Coast Guard turned the ball over four times while Catholic turned it over just two times in the game.
 
Springfield grinded out a 33-16 victory against host Norwich on Saturday.
 
Norwich's offense struggled all day to find their offensive rhythm, totaling just 199 yards on the day and going 0 for 10 on third down. 
 
The Pride ended up with three rushers eclipsing the 100-yard mark, as Belzo, Callahan, and Jared Baron all finished with at least 100 rushing yards. Baron rushed for a game-high 121 yards, with Callahan close behind with 111 yards and a touchdown, while Belzo rushed for an even 100 yards and found the endzone three times. 
 
COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 20th season, has a record 67 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.
 
BEARS PICKED SIXTH IN NEWMAC PRESEASON POLL:  Coast Guard has been picked to finish sixth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) preseason poll. Coast Guard was 3-7 overall and 1-6 in conference play. Every conference school has voted for defending champion Springfield to repeat as NEWMAC champion getting a first place vote from all seven schools, while the Pride, which can't vote for itself, voted for WPI.
 
2018 NEWMAC Football Preseason Poll
Rank (First Place Votes)
1.   Springfield (7)
2.   WPI (1)
T3. MIT
T3. Merchant Marine
5.   Catholic
6.   Coast Guard
7.   Norwich
8.   Maine Maritime 
 
THE MEN BEHIND THE MICROPHONES: Coast Guard football will have a new broadcast team this year for the five home webcasts as Keith O'Brien (The Sports Doctor) will handle play-by-play duties while Dan Zumpano will be the color commentator for the 2018 season. O'Brien, who did several road football and some home basketball games last season for the Bears, takes over the the play-by-play duties while Zampano, a newcomer to Coast Guard football joins him in the booth.
 
BEARS CRACK NEW ENGLAND TOP TEN POLL: The Coast Guard Academy football team has cracked the New England Top 10 as the Bears are ninth this week in the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Weekly rankings.
 
Coast Guard is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) after a 20-9 win at Catholic on Saturday.
 
Coast Guard has won three straight and is off to a 4-1 start for the first time since 2007 when the Bears started 1-1 and won the final seven games of the regular season. 
 
PATRICK CROWLEY NAMED NEWMAC DEFENSIVE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Junior cornerback Patrick Crowley has been named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Football Defensive Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Bears 20-9 win at Catholic on Saturday.
 
Crowley led the Coast Guard defense with a season and team-high 10 tackles, including seven solo tackles, one interception and one pass breakup.
 
His efforts secured the Bears' only interception, resulting in an insurance touchdown in the win.
 
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears hit the road for the second straight week for the battle of NEWMAC unbeatens.
 
Junior quarterback Ryan Jones is 80 of 142 for 1,024 yards with four touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. Jones is second on the team with 289 rushing yards on 64 carries. He is averaging a NEWMAC best 262.6 yards of total offense per game.
 
Sophomore wide receiver Justin Moffatt leads the NEWMAC with 36 receptions and leads the conference and is 13th nationally 525 receiving yards with one touchdown. 
 
Coast Guard is averaging 5.6 points per game and 393.2 yards of total offense, 220.6 passing and 172.6 rushing. The Bears rushed for a season-high 241 yards rushing in the win last week.
 
Senior linebacker Jake Behne leads the team with 41 tackles, 21 solo while junior cornerback Patrick Crowley is second with 36 tackles and a team-high 29 solo. Junior strong safety Mark Wicke is third with 34 tackles (21 solo, 4 for loss). Junior linebacker linebacker R.J. Robiskie leads the NEWMAC with 5.5 sacks has a team-high eight tackles for loss.
 
The Bears are allowing 379.8 yards per game, 273.8 yards passing and 106 yards rushing.
 
Senior kicker Cole Austin has been outstanding. He is tied for the national lead in field goals per game with two. He is 10 of 11 on the season while making 12 of 13 extra points.
 
Senior Chip Crowley has also been tremendous this season. He is averaging 41.5 yards per punt to lead the NEWMAC and rank 7th nationally this season.
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SCOUTING SPRINGFIELD: The Pride, ranked third in New England, are also 4-1 overall and 2-0 in NEWMAC action. They are the defending NEWMAC champions and were picked to win the conference again this season in the preseason poll.
 
Springfield's potent triple-option attack which leads the NEWMAC and is sixth nationally with 313.8 rushing yards per game, has several weapons. 
 
Junior Hunter Belzo, who entered the season as a running back, has taken over at quarterback due to injuries to the top two signal callers. Belzo has a team-high 73 carries for 339 yards and six touchdowns. He has attempted just eight passes and completed one for 36 yards.
 
Sophomore fullback Tim Callahan (62 carries, 266 yards, 3 TD) will also see plenty of carries out of the backfield.
 
Springfield has run 340 plays this season and run the ball 324 times while passing on just 16 plays.
 
The Pride are averaging 28.8 points per game this season.
 
The Springfield defense is allowing 287.4 yards per game, 179 passing and 108.4 rushing and 19.2 points per game.
 
Senior defensive tackle Nick Giorgio leads the team with 33 tackles, 22 solo, seven tackles for loss and four sacks.
 
Senior Christian Humulock handles the place kicking duties and is perfect on the season. He is 3 for 3 on field goal attempts and has made all 19 extra points.
 
UP NEXT: The Bears return home Oct. 13th to host Maine Maritime on Homecoming Weekend with kickoff set for 1:30.
 
THIS WEEK'S NEWMAC GAMES
SATURDAY, OCT 6TH
Catholic at WPI, noon
COAST GUARD at Springfield, noon
Norwich at Merchant Marine, noon
MIT at Maine Maritime, noon.
 
 
 
 
 
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