GAME #7 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Host Maine Maritime for Homecoming

GAME #7 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Host Maine Maritime for Homecoming
MAINE MARITIME (0-5, 0-3) AT COAST GUARD (4-2, 2-1)
OCT. 13TH -- 1:30 P.M. -- NEW LONDON, CONN.

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THE SERIES: Coast Guard leads 9-6
LAST YEAR: Senior quarterback Corey Creeger had 329 yards of total offense, threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for another leading Maine Maritime to a 34-16 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Creeger carried 26 times for 212 yards as the Mariners ran for 324 yards and had 441 yards of total offense while holding Coast Guard to 230 total  yards.
The Bears trailing 20-9 at halftime, scored on the opening possession of the second half on a 5-yard touchdown run by senior Cam Cecchini with10:43 left in the third quarter and junior Cole Austin's kick cut the deficit to 20-16. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Jones had a 19-yard run moving the ball into the red zone during the 68 yard drive.
Following an exchange of punts, Creeger's 56-yard run gave the Mariners the ball at the Coast Guard 17 and senior Jacob Doolan's 5-yard touchdown run pushed the lead to 26-16. Creeger's conversion pass to freshman Mason Kaserman made the score 28-16 with 4:52 left in the third quarter.
Coast Guard would recover a pair of fumbles in Mariner territory in the fourth quarter, one by Titus Creamer and the other by Jake Behne, but the offense turned it over on downs the first time before an interception by junior John Bennett on the Mariner 10 on 4th and long with 4:42 left.
Creeger would then hit Kaserman who raced 90 yards for a touchdown to ice the game as the Mariners took a 34-16 lead with 4:21 left in the game.
Jones was 16 of 31 for 123 yards with three interceptions. Cecchini led the Bears with 17 carries for 76 yards.
Maine Maritime dominated the time of possession in the first half as they had the ball for over 22 minutes in the the first 30 minutes. The Bears had just eight plays for 18 yards in the second quarter.
Creeger had 15 carries for 112 yards in the first half.
Sophomore R.J. Robiskie led the Bears with 10 tackles.
LAST WEEK: Springfield quarterback Hunter Belzo ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass leading Springfield to a 26-12 win over Coast Guard in the battle of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) unbeatens.
Coast Guard had 305 total yards, 210 passing and 95 on the ground. Sophomore Chris Gardner led the Bears with 15 carries for 93 yards.
Junior quarterback Ryan Jones was 8 of 18 for 111 yards while sophomore Justin Moffatt was 2 of 3 for 49 yards and junior Miguel Moroles was 1 of 2 for 29 yards with an interception.
Moffatt, who leads the NEWMAC in receptions and yards, had a game-high seven receptions for 76 yards. He went over the 1,000 receiving yard mark an now has 1,039 career yards, 601 this season.
Senior linebacker Jake Behne led the Bears with 11 tackles while senior defensive tackle Nate Harvey finished with 10 tackles.
Maine Maritime was shutout by MIT 35-0, the Mariners were held to just 151 yards of total offense 
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. 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, who have played the last two games on the road, return home to for Homecoming Weekend, the only home game in the month of October.
Junior quarterback Ryan Jones is 88 of 160 for 1,135 yards with four touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. Jones is second on the team with 287 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Sophomore Chris Gardner leads the Bears with 385 rushing yards and also has four touchdowns
Sophomore wide receiver Justin Moffatt leads the NEWMAC with 43 receptions and leads the conference and is 16th nationally with 601 receiving yards with one touchdown. 
Coast Guard is averaging 23.3 points per game and 378.5 yards of total offense, 218.8 passing and 159.7 rushing. 
Senior linebacker Jake Behne leads the team with 52 tackles, 26 solo while junior cornerback Patrick Crowley and junior strong safety Mark Wicke each had 42 tackles this season. Junior linebacker linebacker R.J. Robiskie is second in the NEWMAC with 5.5 sacks and has a team-high nine tackles for loss.
The Bears are allowing 376 yards per game, 235.5 yards passing and 140.5 yards rushing.
Senior kicker Cole Austin has been outstanding. He leads the nation in field goals per game with 1.87. He is 11 of 12 on the season while making 13 of 14 extra points. The Coast Guard single-season record for field goals is 12 held by three players.
Senior Chip Crowley has also been tremendous this season. He is averaging 41.1 yards per punt to lead the NEWMAC and rank 13th nationally this season.
SCOUTING MAINE MARITIME: The Mariners are still looking for their first win of the season. Maine Maritime was also 0-5 last season when they beat Coast Guard 34-16 for its only win of the season.
The Mariners changed offenses this season and no longer run the triple-option. Bailey Sawyer is 52 of 117 for 742 yards wtih five touchdowns and five interceptions.
Dominic Casale leads the team with 25 receptions for 366 yards and four touchdowns.
Cooper Chiasson leads the team on the ground with 61 carries for 148 yards, the Mariners do not have a rushing touchdown this season. 
Maine Maritime is last in the NEWMAC in scoring (7.2 points per game), total offense (199 per game) and rush offense (27.8 yards per game).
Terrell Thomas and Derek Breunig lead the team with 44 tackles each and Breuning has a team-high seven tackles for loss.
The Mariners are allowing 20.8 points and 357.4 yards per game, 180.8 passing and 176.6 rushing.
UP NEXT: The Bears hit the road for the third time in four weeks when they play at MIT on Oct. 20th at noon.
Maine Maritime at Coast Guard, 1:30
Merchant Marine at Springfield, 2:00
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