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Armentrout 'Starter Moving Forward,' But Turnovers Cost Bears In Loss to MIT

by Graham Knight

For the Coast Guard Academy Bears it was more of the same, with a different twist.

After back-to-back games where they only put up a total of 7 points, Coach C. C. Grant changed signal callers, giving the start to freshman Joe Armentrout. Armentrout answered the call with a 19-for-37 day and 291 yards passing and a touchdown. But he threw 4 turnovers on a soggy field as offensive miscues plagued the Bears again, scoring only once in the loss to MIT, 21-7.

The Bears actually had more offense than the Engineers, but two interceptions and two fumbles by Armentrout, plus two blocked field goal attempts, helped drop Coast Guard to 2-6 on the season, and winless in the NEWMAC.

Coast Guard Bears quarterback Joe Armentrout, wearing #13, prepares to pass the football.
Coast Guard Academy freshman quarterback Joe Armentrout, of El Camino, CA, made his first start for the Bears on October 30, 2021 as Coast Guard hosted the MIT Engineers. Armentrout threw for 291 yards and 1 TD, but his 2 INTs and 2 lost fumbles led to a 21-7 loss.

The high point of the game came on a 12-yard Armentrout touchdown pass to quarterback-turned-wide receiver, Tafari Wall, in the 3rd quarter.

For Head Coach C.C. Grant, he saw what he needed from the Freshman from Oceanside, California:

"I think he showed us enough in that game to let us know," Grant said in our weekly conversation. "Did he make a couple of mistakes? Yeah, but you know what, kid threw for almost 300 yards in a driving rainstorm with wet balls and the whole nine yards. So he'll be the starter moving forward."

The Bears go on the road for the final time this season to take on Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday. Like Coast Guard, WPI is 2-6 on the year but has one conference win.

edited for web by Joe Harman