Jones and Moffatt Have Big Days in Bears Win at Maine Maritime

Justin Moffatt
Justin Moffatt

CASTINE, Maine – Ryan Jones became the fourth player in Academy history to throw for over 4,000 yards as he threw for a career-high 353 yards and three touchdowns while Justin Moffatt set the single-game school record with 256 receiving yards leading Coast Guard to a 33-8 win over Maine Maritime in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic (NEWMAC) game.

Moffatt had a huge game as he also set a career-high with 13 receptions including a pair of touchdowns to go with his record 256 yards in the win.  He broke the record of 244 yards set by Collis Brown against Western New England in 2013, when Brown also set the record with 16 receptions.

Jones was 26 of 34 for 353 yards with three touchdowns to finish the game with 4,145 yards in his career. Chris Gardner led the Bears with 12 carries for 61 yards on the ground.

Coast Guard improves to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC while the Mariners drop to 0-7 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

The Bears had a season-high 463 total yards while Maine Maritime finished with 283 yards, 274 passing and just nine rushing.

Patrick Crowley's 23-yard field goal on the opening drive gave the Bears a 3-0 lead.

Moffatt would score on a 56-yard pass from Jones on the second possession of the game as the Bears took a 10-0 lead with 2:17 left in the first quarter.

Jon Wagner's 2-yard run with 1:28 left in the first half pushed the lead to 16-0, the extra point was missed. A 64-yard pass from Jones to Moffatt down to the 2-yard line set up the touchdown.

Crowley would boot a career-long 44 yard field goal with just seven seconds left in the first half as the Bears took a 19-0 lead into halftime.

Jones was 18 of 24 for 251 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the first half while Moffatt had 10 receptions for 185 yards and a score in the first half.

The Bears had 295 yards in the first half while holding Maine Maritime to 71 total yards including negative 13 yards rushing in the opening half holding the Mariners to just four first downs.

Maine Maritime looked to get on the board before Michael Goldsworthy had an interception in the end zone that he returned 53 yards.

Coast Guard would capitalize when Cody Fidler caught his first career touchdown pass, an 11-yard strike from Jones giving the Bears a 26-0 lead with 2:52 left in the third quarter.

The Mariners would get on the board in the fourth on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Haining to Dominic Casale, the two would also hook up for the two-point conversion, to make the score 26-8 with  11:53 left in the game.

On the next drive, Jones would throw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Moffatt giving the Bears a 33-8 lead with 9:58 left. That touchdown broke the single-game record for receiving yards at the Academy and finish the day for both Jones and Moffatt.

Linebacker Eugene Bizer, who leads the NEWMAC in tackles, led Coast Guard with 11 tackles including a tackle for loss while Philip Orlando led the team with 3.5 tackles for loss in the win.

Coast Guard is back in action next Saturday when the Bears host MIT on Parents' Weekend with kickoff set for 1:30.

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