GAME #7 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Travel to Maine Maritime

GAME #7 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bears Travel to Maine Maritime
COAST GUARD (4-2, 1-2) AT MAINE MARITIME (0-6, 0-3)
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THE SERIES: Coast Guard leads 10-6.
LAST YEAR: 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 is 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.
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 forced 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.
Brannon was 10 of 28 for 23 yards with three interceptions and led the team with 17 carries for 92 yards.
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.
LAST WEEK: The Coast Guard defense held Springfield's potent triple-option attack to just one first down in the second half, but the Pride defense had a pair of interceptions in the final minutes as Springfield held off the Bears 20-14.
The Bears, who had not scored a point in the fourth quarter all season, got back in the game with its first points of the season in the fourth on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Jones to Damaso Jamie with 12:34 left cut the deficit to 20-14. Both teams would exchange punts twice and Coast Guard took over at the Springfield 49 with 3:50 left. The Bears drove to the Pride 25 before freshman DJ Brown intercepted Jones at the 17 with 2:07 left.
The Coast Guard defense stepped it up as it had the entire second half and forced a punt taking over at their own 42 with 1:36 left with a chance to win the game. Sophomore CJ Lavery intercepted Jones at the Pride 32 with 1:24 to seal the win.
Springfield dominated the time of possession in the first half (22:11 to 7:49) and outgained the Bears 288-93 in the opening half. The Pride would manage just 43 yards and one first down, on a 4th and one from its own 34 in the third quarter. The Pride finished with 331 yards, 277 rushing and 54 passing while Coast Guard had 255 yards, 203 passing and 52 rushing.
Jones was 19 of 34 for 204 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Jon Wagner led the Bears with 14 carries for 60 yards and Justin Moffatt had eight receptions for a season-high 120 yards and a touchdown.
Maine Maritime lost to MIT 30-12 as MIT's John Roberston  ran for a career-high 263 yards to lead the Engineers. MIT had 440 total yards (325 rushing) while Maine Maritime finished with 213 yards, just 35 on the ground. 
COACH GEORGE IS BEARS WINS LEADER: Coast Guard head coach Bill George, in his 21st season, has a record 74 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 5TH IN NEWMAC PRESEASON POLL: Coast Guard has been picked to finish fifth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) preseason poll. Coast Guard was 7-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play. 
1.   Springfield (6) 
2.   MIT (2) 
T3. WPI 
T3. Merchant Marine
5.   Coast Guard
6.   Norwich 
7.   Catholic 
8.   Maine Maritime
CLOSE SHAVES: For the first time in the 96 year history of Coast Guard football the Bears have played six straight games decided by 10 points or less, three of those decided on the last play of regulation or overtime, to open the season. 
The Bears have played a pair of overtime games in the same season for just the second time as the team also accomplished that feat in 1997 with wins over RPI (22-16) and Springfield (26-20) en route to winning a school record nine games, winning the Freedom Football Conference Championship and earning a berth to the NCAA playoffs.
MR. OVERTIME: Jon Wagner's 12-yard touchdown run in double overtime was his second game winning touchdown in overtime this season. He had a 20-yard touchdown run in a 24-23 overtime win at Nichols on Sept. 13th.
SCOUTING COAST GUARD: The Bears hit the road after playing three straight home games. This is the longest road trip of the season, 350 miles to Castine, Maine. Coast Guard lost to the Mariners 34-16 in 2017, the last time Coast Guard played at Maine Maritime.
Senior quarterback Ryan Jones is 99 of 189 for 1,029 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Junior Justin Moffatt has a team-high 37 receptions and 339 yards and two touchdowns while sophomore Damaso Jaime has 17 receptions for 310 yards and five touchdown receptions.
Juniors Jon Wagner and Chris Gardner are the Bears one-two punch in the backfield. Wagner leads the way with 339 yards (67 carries) and four touchdowns while Gardner has 53 carries for 151 yards. Jones has 44 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears have scored 82 points in the first half, 14 in the third quarter and seven in the fourth quarter this season. Coast Guard is averaging 19.3 points and 269.5 yards per game (98 rushing and 171.5 passing).
The Coast Guard defense is allowing just 16.3 points and 336.3 yards per game this season, 228.2 passing and 108.2 yards per game on the ground. The Bears lead the NEWMAC with 12 takeaways this season, seven interceptions and five fumbles. Coast Guard is plus five in turnovers this season.
The Bears pass rush has been outstanding registering a NEWMAC best 22 sacks this season, the 3.67 sacks per game are 24th in Division III. Senior linebacker R.J. Robiskie (35 tackles) leads the NEWMAC and is 15th nationally with seven sacks while junior defensive lineman Philip Orlando (43 tackles) is second in the conference with six sacks. Junior linebacker Zach Lukasik has four sacks on the season
Junior linebacker Eugene Bizer leads the NEWMAC with 65 tackles. He has seven tackles for loss, a sack with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Senior cornerback Patrick Crowley leads the NEWMAC and is 18th nationally with four interceptions.
SCOUTING MAINE MARITIME: The Mariners have won just one game in their 31 contests, that was a 34-16 win over Coast Guard, the last time the Bears travelled to Castine, Maine in 2017.
Maine Maritime is averaging 15.5 points and 264.3 yards per game, 222 passing and a NEWMAC low 42.3 rushing yards per game.
Nikolas Moquin is 79 of 149 for 992 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His favorite target is Dominic Casale, one of the top receivers in the NEWMAC. Casale has 34 receptions for 460 yards and leads the conference with eight touchdown receptions. 
Cooper Chiasson leads the Mariners on the ground with 53 carries for 88 yards.
The Mariners defense is allowing 42.8 points and 476.5 yards per game, 330.3 of those on the ground, all of which are the most in the NEWMAC. 
Linebacker Terrell Thomas leads the team with 49 tackles, 32 solo and 3.5 tackles for loss. The defense has two sacks and five interceptions on the season. Cornerback Trenton Bouchard leads the team with three interceptions.
UP NEXT: Coast Guard hosts MIT as part of Parents' Weekend on Oct. 26th  at 1:30. 
MIT 30, Maine Maritime 12
Merchant Marine 30, Norwich 20
Springfield 20, Coast Guard 14
Coast Guard at Maine Maritime, noon
WPI at Catholic, noon
Springfield at Merchant Marine, 2:00