Coast Guard Falls to MIT in Season Finale

Sophomore Derek Victory
Sophomore Derek Victory

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Bears held the Engineers scoreless through the second half but could not complete the comeback as they fell to MIT 24-13.

The Engineers took the opening kick off and drove to the Coast Guard seven yard line but the defense forced to incomplete passes and held MIT to a field goal by sophomore Tucker Cheyne.

That was all the scoring the first half would see as the Bears punted twice and the Engineers punted once.

Again MIT started he second quarter with the ball and drove into the Coast Guard red zone. Senior quarterback Peter Williams took a snap from the Bears thirteen yard line and found junior wide receiver Nathan Varady for a touchdown. The touchdown concluded a 17-play, 94 yard drive that took 6:46 off the clock.

After another Coast Guard drive stalled MIT again drove down the field for another touchdown pass from Williams to Varady to make the score 17-0.

The Bears started their next drive on the on their own 27. Sophomore Derek Victory completed the first two passes of the drive taking Coast Guard to their 35. However, on his next pass attempt Victory was intercepted by senior Cameron Wagar intercepted his pass and returned it 36 yards for an Engineers touchdown. The first half ended with MIT leading 24-0.

Coast Guard came to life in the second half, with Victory completing 14-of-23 attempts in the third quarter for 129 yards and one score. The Bears' defense also stepped up, holding MIT to just 31 yards in the third. 

Midway through the quarter Victory found sophomore Bryan Popp from three yards out to cap a 10-play, 53-yard drive to put the first points of the evening on the board for the Bears. 

Victory hit senior Collis Brown on a key 39-yard pass play late in the third that keyed another Coast Guard scoring drive. This one took just 1:25 and nine seconds into the fourth quarter Victory hit senior Gordy Holloway from 12-yards out to make it 24-13.

MIT drove deep into Coast Guard territory midway through the quarter to try and seal the win, but Williams was picked off by junior Mark Behne to stymie the attempt. MIT drove into scoring position again, but this time was thwarted when Cheyne's 42-yard field goal attempt was blocked with four minutes left.

Coast Guard picked up a first down on its own 44 on the ensuing drive, but three plays later sophomore Anthony Emberley intercepted Victory at midfield and the Engineers were able to run out the clock and take home the victory.

Victory completed 21-of-44 for 173 yards and two scores, with Popp grabbing five passes and Brown four more for 66 yards. Senior Jake Wawrzyniak led the Bears rushing attack with 41 yards on 12 attempts.

Wallace finished with 135 yards to lead the MIT ground game, while Williams completed 19-of-35 attempts for 241 yards and the two scores. Esparrago led the receivers with 144 yards on nine catches for MIT, which outgained Coast Guard, by a 451-245 margin.

Senior Victor Rizzardi led all players with 12 tackles for Coast Guard. Behne had the only interception for the Bears which he returned two yards while Junior Kyle Wood had the Bears only sack for a seven yard loss.

Wagar led MIT with eight stops and the interception while breaking up another pass attempt.

Coast Guard finishes the season with an overall record of 3-7 and a 2-5 record in the NEFC.

MIT finished the season off with an overall record of 9-0 and a 7-0 record in the NEFC.


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