GAME #8 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Looks for Share of Top Spot in NEWMAC

GAME #8 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Looks for Share of Top Spot in NEWMAC
COAST GUARD (5-2, 3-1) AT MIT (6-0, 3-0)

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THE SERIES: MIT leads 4-2
LAST YEAR:  Sophomore John Robertson carried 28 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns including a 43-yard touchdown run with one minute left leading MIT to a 30-21 win over host Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game on Homecoming.
Junior quarterback Ugdam Goyal was 17 of 27 for 202 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 25 yards in the win as MIT finished with 382 yards of total offense.
Coast Guard, wearing its throwback uniforms worn by Otto Graham's 1963 team, debuted a new run oriented offense and ran for more yards than they passed for for the first time during the season as they finished with 319 total yards, 187 rushing and 132 passing. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Jones was 11 of 22 for 132 with a touchdown and three interceptions while also leading the Bears with 14 carries for 59 yards and a score. Senior Cam Cecchini had 11 carries for 51 yards.
Robertson's 2-yard touchdown run with 6:50 left in the first quarter gave MIT a 7-0 lead after freshman Mark Wright's extra point.
MIT's special teams would lend a hand in extending the lead as freshman Keithen Shepard's 56 yard punt return and a personal foul gave MIT the ball at the Bears 12. Robertson would again find the end zone, this time it was a 1-yard run with 10:57 left in the half, the extra point was missed and MIT led 13-0.
The Bears got on the board on a 13-yard run by senior Cody Bain and senior Cole Austin's PAT cut the deficit to 13-7 with 2:53 left in the half.
Shepard would once again make a huge play as he returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to the Bear 31-yard line and Goyal threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Eric Bradford with just nine seconds left in the half as MIT took a 20-7 lead.
Neither team would score in the third quarter. Coast Guard started the half with an onsides kick, but the Bears were forced to punt. Wright had a 34-yard field goal attempt blocked by senior Will Daniels with 8:30 left in the third quarter.
Coast Guard pulled to within 20-14 on an 8-yard touchdown run by Jones with 7:17 left in the game, a 53-yard pass to junior Chip Crowley set up the touchdown.
MIT responded right away and Wright kicked a key 23-yard field goal pushing the lead to 23-14 with 2:31 left.
The Bears did not go quietly as just over one minute later Jones threw a 30-yard touchdown to freshman Justin Moffatt as the Bears closed to within 23-21 with 1:27 left.
Coast Guard would attempt an unsuccessful onsides kick and on the second play Robertson avoided tackle after tackle for a highlight reel 43-yard touchdown to ice the game with one minute left.
Junior Jake Behne led the Bears with eight tackles, all solo with one for loss while MIT senior Matt Nicolai had a game-high ten tackles in the win.
LAST WEEK: Junior Michael Goldsworthy had three interceptions leading Coast Guard to a 15-0 win over Maine Maritime in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game in front of packed house on Homecoming Weekend.
Goldsworthy was the first Coast Guard player to intercept three passes in a game since Mark Behne did so in 2015 against Maine Maritime.
The only scoring in the first three quarters was a safety by Coast Guard when Maine Maritime had a bad snap and junior quarterback Zackery Brannon fell on it in the end zone with 1:50 left in the first half.
Senior Cole Austin missed a 35-yard field goal attempt with 12:57 left in the half that had kept the game scoreless.
Coast Guard had 100 total yards in the first half, 55 passing and 45 rushing while the Mariners were held to 60 total yards, 56 of those on the ground.
Maine Maritime had an opportunity to take the lead when Coast Guard had a bad snap on a punt and the Mariners got the ball at the Bears 26 yard line with 6:32 left in the third, but the Bears defense allowed them just one yard on the four plays.
The Bears finally found the end zone with 9:41 left in the game on a 1-yard run by sophomore Chris Gardner to cap a 7 play, 36 yard drive and following Austin's PAT the Bears led 9-0.
Coast Guard put the game away as they took over at the Maine Maritime 42 yard line following a punt and sophomore Justin Moffatt ran a sweep 42 yards for a touchdown on the first play, the two-point pass was failed after a missed kick and the Bears led 15-0 with 5:56 left.
The Bears would finish with 246 yards of total offense (168 rushing and 78 passing) while holding Maine Maritime to just 125 yards, 102 of those rushing.
Gardner led the Bears with 22 carries for 78 yards and a score while Moffatt had a game-high six receptions and 43 yards in the win.
Jones was 13 of 30 for 78 yards with one interception for Coast Guard.
Senior Jake Behne and junior Mark Wicke led the Bears with seven tackles each while senior Derek Breunig led the Mariners with a game-high 14 tackles, 10 solo.
Senior punter Chip Crowley averaged 37.1 yards per punt as he punted seven times, five of those seven, inside the 15 as field position was key. He had punts to the four yard line, the six yard line twice, the 12 and the 13.
It was the first ever 15-0 shutout win in the 95 year history of the Coast Guard football program.
MIT is coming off a bye. The Engineers beat Maine Maritime 35-0 on Oct. 6th.
GOLDSWORTHY WINS PAIR OF WEEKLY HONORS: Junior Michael Goldsworthy was named the NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Week and a member of the Team of the Week following his performance in the Bears 15-0 win over Maine Maritime on Saturday.
Goldworthy had a career-high three interceptions in the Homecoming win, the Bears first shutout of the season. He had interceptions in the 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters. He also had four tackles as the Bears held the Mariners to 125 yards of total offense.
He is the first Coast Guard player to record three interceptions in a game since Mark Behne did so in 2015 also against Maine Maritime.
With his three interceptions, Goldsworthy is now in a three-way tie for the NEWMAC lead.
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD: Coast Guard is 5-2 overall with three tough games ahead to close out the season. The three teams left on the schedule (MIT (6-0), WPI (4-2) and Merchant Marine (5-1)) have a combined record of 15-3 for a winning percentage of .833. Merchant Marine's only loss was to MIT. The Bears are looking for their first winning season since 2012 when the team finished 5-4. The team is looking to win more than five games for the first time since 2007 when the Bears finished 8-2 and won the NEFC Bogan Division for the second straight season.
COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 20th season, has a record 68 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 
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears are back on the road for the third time in four weeks with a NEWMAC game at MIT, with a share of first place on the line.
Junior quarterback Ryan Jones is 101 of 190 for 1,213 yards with four touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. Jones is second on the team with 329 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Sophomore Chris Gardner leads the Bears with 463 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns
Sophomore wide receiver Justin Moffatt leads the NEWMAC with 49 receptions and leads the conference and is 24th nationally with 644 receiving yards with one touchdown. 
Coast Guard is averaging 22.1 points per game and 359.6 yards of total offense, 198.7 passing and 160.9 rushing. 
Senior linebacker Jake Behne leads the team with 59 tackles, 29 solo while junior strong safety Mark Wicke is second with 49 tackles (23 solo).  Junior cornerback Patrick Crowley (45 tackles) has a team-high 34 solo tackles. Junior linebacker linebacker R.J. Robiskie is second in the NEWMAC with 5.5 sacks and has a team-high 10 tackles for loss.
The Bears are allowing 17.9 points and 339.4 yards per game, 204.4 yards passing and 135 yards rushing.
Senior kicker Cole Austin has been outstanding. He is second in the nation in field goals per game with 1.57. He is 11 of 14 on the season while making 14 of 15 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 40.2 yards per punt to lead the NEWMAC and ranks 20th nationally this season.
SCOUTING MIT: The Engineers, the #1 team in New England, are the only unbeaten team left in the NEWMAC. 
MIT is led by senior quarterback Udgam Goyal. He is 108 of 164 with 1,319 yards and leads the NEWMAC with 14 touchdown passed with five interceptions. Goyal is second on the team with 175 rushing yards on 46 carries.
Senior Miguel Wagner leads the MIT ground attack with 148 carries for 471 yards and five touchdowns.
Senior Eddie Garcia-Montes leads the team with 35 receptions to go with 325 yards and two touchdowns while sophomore Keithen Shepard is second with 27 catches for a team-high 410 yards and four touchdowns.
MIT is averaging 28.3 points and 353.3 yards per game (219.8 passing and 133.5 rushing).
Junior AJ Iversen leads MIT with 34 tackles, 18 solo and has five tackles for loss. Freshman Sam Gozelski has a team-high 4.5 sacks while senior Mitch Maisel (30 tackles) has two of the team's four interceptions this season.
The Engineers defense has forced a NEWMAC high 16 turnovers this season. The defense is allowing just 14.3 points per game. MIT, is allowing 255.3 yards per game and it has the top rush defense in the conference allowing just 60.7 yards per game. 
UP NEXT: The Bears will have a bye week before hosting WPI on Nov. 3rd in the final home game of the season
Coast Guard at MIT, noon
Norwich at Maine Maritime, noon
Springfield at Catholic, 1:00
WPI at Merchant Marine, 1:00
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