Week 9 Notes: Maine Maritime (0-8) at Coast Guard (4-3)
Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime (0-8 overall, 0-7 NEFC) at Coast Guard (4-4. 3-3).
Series History: The first games between the two teams was in 1970 through 1972. The teams didn't play each other again until 2006. Coast Guard owns a 5-4 record against the Mariners.
The Last Meeting: Sophomore running back Tyler Hames (Milford, Conn.) piled up 219 total yards and a score, while senior Jarrod Owens (Monroe, Ga.) passed for 334 yards and four touchdowns, then ran in another to lead Coast Guard Academy to a 52-15 win over Maine Maritime Academy. The New England Football Conference Bogan Division win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Bears (2-7, 2-5 Bogan), while bringing the Mariners (4-5, 2-5 Bogan) season to a close with a fourth consecutive loss.
It was Coast Guard's first win over Maine Maritime since a 2007 win in New London.
Coast Guard's Last Game: Junior running back Melikke Van Alstyne eclipsed the 4,000 rushing yard mark for his career as he rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown as Framingham State wrapped up its second straight New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division championship with a 39-3 win over Coast Guard.
Coast Guard senior quarterback Jon Resch, who was 10th nationally with 337.3 yards of total offense per game and led the NEFC with 314.3 passing yards per game, was knocked out of the game with a concussion on the Bears first possession of the second quarter. He finished 7 of 14 for 79 yards in the loss.
Maine Maritime's Last Game: Bridgewater State scored on its first seven possessions in a 48-21 win over Maine Maritime Academy in a New England Football Conference Saturday at Swenson Field. The Bears improved to 8-1 overall, 5-1 Bogan Division while the Marines remained winless at 0-8, 0-6.
Bridgewater's Ben Desmarais (South Hadley, Mass.) rushed for three touchdowns and Mike McCarthy (Edgartown, Mass.) threw a 42-yard touchdown and added a six-yard scoring run to lead the BSU offense. Mike Gentili (Leominster, Mass.) rushed for a team-best 85 yards on 11 carries and found the end zone on a ten-yard run.
The Coaches: Bill George begins his 14th season as head coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy. George was named the 15th head football coach at the Coast Guard Academy on April 8, 1999.
George was named New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division Coach of the Year in 2007 as he led the Bears to their second consecutive NEFC Bogan Division championship as the team was a perfect 7-0 in division play for the second straight season. The team lost in the NEFC Championship Game for the second straight season and finished the season 8-2.
Chris McKenney is in his 12th season at the helm in Castine. The most victorious coach in the Academy's history, McKenney picked up his 50th win in the 2011. Under McKenney's direction, the Mariners have med three postseason appearances, including the Academy's first-ever NCAA Championship appearance in the wake of the 2009 NEFC Championship. That season, McKenney was named the New England Football Writers Coach of the Year for Divisions II & III. In 2005, he was named the NEFC Coach of the Year. He had earned Bogan Division Coach of the Year honors in 2006 and 2008.
NEFC Rankings: MMA's Billy Wetherbee is fifth in the conference with 89;7 rushing yards per game…CC quarterback Jon Resch ranked third in passing with 284.9 yards per game.