GAME #3 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Travel to Nichols

GAME #3 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Travel to Nichols
SEPT. 14TH -- 7:00 -- DUDLEY, MASS.
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THE SERIES: Coast Guard leads 4-1.
LAST YEAR: The Coast Guard defense held Nichols to just 123 yards of total offense, just 25 in the second half, as the Bears blanked Nichols 13-0 in a non-conference game to snap the Bison's six-game regular season winning streak dating back to the 2016 season.
Nichols was held to minus 18 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter as the Bears defense forced a pair of three-and-outs before the Bison went for it on fourth down with 14 seconds left in the game and did not convert.
The Bears registered six sacks in the win with junior Jack Brandt (6 tackles) accounting for two while classmates Titus Creamer and Tommy Jones while seniors Christian Breviario and Vince De Terlizzi each added one.
Sophomore Patrick Crowley had his second interception of the season while sophomore Michael Goldsworthy and freshman Colby Coco each had their first interceptions of the season. Creamer and junior Jake Behne led Coast Guard with seven tackles each.
Nichols freshman Dom Brunson had two of the four interceptions for the Bison while senior Mike Abbruzzese and senior Zackary Gorczynski each added another.
Coast Guard had 384 yards of total offense, including 203 rushing yards, but the Bears turned the ball over six times, five times in the first half. There were nine turnovers in the game as Nichols had three.
Senior Cam Cecchini had 23 carries for a career-high 104 yards while junior Jeff Porter carried six times for 63 yards.
The only touchdown of the game came in the first quarter when junior quarterback Ethan Goldcamp threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Cody Bain with 8:56 left in the quarter and junior Cole Austin's extra point gave the Bears a 7-0 lead, those would be the only points of the first half.
Austin connected on a pair of short field goals, a 19-yarder in the third quarter and a 20-yard field goal with 1:06 left in the game to close the scoring.
It was the first shutout for Coast Guard since a 34-0 win in the 2016 season opener at Anna Maria, it was the first shutout at home since beating Curry 17-0 in 2014.
LAST WEEK: Freshman Andre Ross Jr. had 16 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns leading Union to a 28-10 win over host Coast Guard in a non-conference game.
Sophomore Will Bellamy was 39 of 52 for 365 yards and three touchdowns as Union, which improved to 2-0, did not turn over the ball and finished with 434 yards of total offense while holding Coast Guard to 280 total yards (215 passing and 65 rushing).
Coast Guard junior quarterback Ryan Jones was 19 of 33 for 215 yards and was intercepted three times. Sophomore Justin Moffatt had a career-high 11 receptions and led the way with 106 receiving yards for the Bears.
Senior linebacker Jack Reilly led Union with seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack while junior Michael Goldsworthy led the Bears with 10 tackles and four pass breakups.
Junior Michael Pina scored five touchdowns (three rush, two pass) in Nichols 35-14 win over Anna Maria.
Sophomore Joshua Pierre-Charles rushed for 129 yards for the Bison, who compiled 429 yards of total offense in their first win of the season. Senior Eric Mooney was the top receiver for the Bison, hauling in four receptions for 85 yards.
Defensively, senior captain McCoy Scott and junior Christopher Lawrence led Nichols with 10 tackles each while junior Jared Abbruzzese tied a program-record with three interceptions.
COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 20th season, has a record 64 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. 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.
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears hit the road for the first time this season for a rare Friday night game.
Junior quarterback Ryan Jones is 42 of 72 for 551 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions this season. Jones also has 77 yards rushing and touchdown for the Bears. He is averaging 314 yards of total offense per game.
Sophomore wide receiver Justin Moffatt has registered back-to-back 100 yard games and leads the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with 20 receptions and 263 yards.
Sophomore Jon Wagner leads the Bears wtih 85 rushing yards on 17 carries.
Coast Guard is averaging 396 yards of total offense per game, 277 passing and 119 rushing. 
Junior cornerback Patrick Crowley leads the Bears wtih 15 tackles, 13 solo while junior strong safety Mark Wicke is second with 14 tackles. Sophomore linebacker Tyler Clemmer has a team-high four tackles for loss.
The Bears are allowing 365.5 yards per game, 303.5 yards passing and 62 yards rushing.
Senior Chip Crowley is averaging 40.8 yards per punt on 10 punts this season while classmate Cole Austin is a perfect 3 for 3 on field goals and has made 4 of 5 extra points.
SCOUTING NICHOLS: The Bison play their second of four straight home games this week.
Junior quarterback Michael Pina is 14 of 37 for 197 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while also rushing for 81 yards and he has all three of the team's three rushing touchdowns.
Sophomore Joshua Pierre-Charles leads the Bison with 131 rushing yards on just 19 carries (6.9 yards per carry).
Senior Eric Mooney has a team-high five receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Nichols is averaging 282 yards per game, 183.5 on the ground and 98.5 yards passing.
The Bison are allowing 369.5 yards of total offense, 229 rushing and 140.5 passing yards.
Junior linebacker Christopher Lawrence leads the team with 23 tackles while senior linebacker McCoy Scott is second with 19 total tackles. Junior linebacker Michael Spraulding (15 tackles) has a team-high three tackles for loss.
UP NEXT: The Bears host Norwich in the battle for The Mug on Sept. 22nd at 1:30 p.m.
Catholic at Randolph Macon, 7:00

COAST GUARD at Nichols, 7:00
Merchant Marine at SUNY Maritime, 7:00
MIT at Endicott, noon
Maine Martime at Mass. Maritime, 1:30
Union at Springfield, 2:00
Castleton at Norwich, 2:00
WPI at Becker, 3:00
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