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Coast Guard @ Catholic Game Notes

Oct. 16, 2021

1:00 p.m.

Cardinal Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Q1

The Catholic University Cardinals received the opening kickoff.

A sack from Coast Guard junior defensive lineman Conner McGuire cost 10 yards for the Cardinals offense and ultimately forced an early punt.

Coast Guard 0, Catholic 0.

Coast Guard put up a strong drive with running backs Jared Colletti and Spencer McMillion pulling the weight and junior quarterback Tafari Wall completing passes. But inside the Cardinals' 10-yard line the Bears failed to convert on 3rd down, then junior kicker Finnegan Hall missed the 26-yard field goal attempt.

The drive chewed up 8:57 of the game clock, going for 70 yards on 16 plays.

Coast Guard 0, Catholic 0.

Q2

After the Cardinals converted on a fourth down from Lowe to junior wide receiver Owen Shields, an illegal motion penalty from Cardinals freshman tight end Sam Cornacchione seemed to stall the drive.

But the offense stayed on the field on 4th and 12 and Lowe fired a bullet downfield to senior wide receiver Mark Cheffers for a 27-yard passing touchdown.

The drive went 80 yards on 18 plays, lasting 8:39.

Coast Guard 0, Catholic 7.

On the ensuing kickoff, Bears junior wide receiver Jacob Wagner ran the football back to the Catholic 13-yard line, but was called back to the Coast Guard 45-yard line due to a holding call on freshman defensive lineman Tyler Jones. The drive never took off and ended with the Bears’ first punt of the day from Hall.

Coast Guard 0, Catholic 7.

An 18-yard rush from Cardinals junior running back Kevin Licciardi and a 30-yard pass from Lowe to sophomore tight end Derrick Aikens highlighted a long drive from Catholic that was capped off with a 41-yard field goal from senior kicker Fabrizio Reilly.

The drive went 73 yards on 10 plays, lasting 5:02.

Coast Guard 0, Catholic 10.

Wall hit Colletti with a 15-yard pass to start Coast Guard's next drive, but Wall was sacked on the following play and the Bears failed to get past midfield before the clock ran out on the first half, marking the sixth straight scoreless quarter for the Bears.

Coast Guard 0, Catholic 10.

Q3

After the Bears were unable to get a first down on the 2nd half's first possession, Cardinal QB Lowe -- in the driving rain -- started the second half red-hot with a 21-yard completion to Cheffers. From there, the Cardinals displayed a strong, balanced offensive attack and capped off a time-consuming drive with a one-yard run by Lowe to put the Cardinals up by 16.

The extra point was no good.

The drive went 82 yards on 13 plays, lasting 6:37.

Coast Guard 0, Catholic 16.

The Bears began to put together a nice drive, including 19-yard completion from Wall to sophomore tight end Matt Ross, and a holding call against the Cardinals secondary brought the offense into Catholic territory at 41-yard line. But on 4th down, Wall attempted a quarterback keeper and was unsuccessful and the Coast Guard offense came up empty again.

This closed the third quarter ... the seventh-straight scoreless quarter from the Bears.

Coast Guard 0, Catholic 16.

Q4

The Cardinals kept rolling to start the fourth quarter, quickly finding paydirt on a breakaway 61-yard touchdown run by Licciardi to seal the game for Catholic University.

The drive went 78 yards on three plays, lasting 1:30.

Coast Guard 0, Catholic 23.

In their first drive of the fourth quarter, Wall and the Bears offense were smothered by the Cardinals defense once again, gaining only five yards on three plays. On fourth down, Hall fumbled the snap, but fell on it at the Coast Guard 13-yard line to set up Catholic with its best starting field position of the contest.

Just three plays later, Lowe found senior wide receiver Preston Jeffrey on a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the Cardinals up by 30.

To that point in the game, Catholic had racked up 357 total yards on 55 plays against the Bears defense.

The drive went 13 yards on three plays, lasting 1:26.

Coast Guard 0, Catholic 30.

The teams exchanged punts, then with Coast Guard in possession again, Wall found McMillion for 19 yards to get the Bears to the Catholic 29-yard line. A 15-yard pass interference penalty was committed on the following play, setting the Bears up on their opponent’s 14-yard line.

Then, for the first time in nearly two full games’ worth of football, Coast Guard’s offense found the endzone, scoring on a two-yard rush by McMillion to finally put an end to the Bears’ scoring drought.

The drive went 44 yards on six plays, lasting 3:02.

Coast Guard 7, Catholic 30.

The mission for the Cardinals on their final drive was to burn clock by running the ball, which they did, killing the game’s final three-and-a-half minutes to hand Coast Guard its fourth-straight loss and secure Catholic’s fifth win during their homecoming weekend.

Coast Guard is now 2-5 on the year and 0-3 versus NEWMAC competition.

Final Score: Coast Guard 7, Catholic 30.

Rushing:

Coast Guard:

Jared Colletti: 18 rushes, 54 yards, 0 TDs

Spencer McMillion: 5 rushes, 20 yards, 1 TD

Tafari Wall: 6 rushes, -1 yards, 0 TDs

Finnegan Hall: 1 rush, -17 yards, 0 TDs

Catholic:

Kevin Licciardi: 13 rushes, 148 yards, 1 TD

Andrew Comeau: 8 rushes, 32 yards, 0 TDs

Nico Casares: 1 rush, 7 yards, 0 TDs

Madden Lowe: 10 rushes, 3 yards, 1 TD

Passing:

Coast Guard:

Tafari Wall: 21 attempts, 17 completions, 136 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

Catholic:

Madden Lowe: 32 attempts, 23 completions, 204 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

Defense:

Coast Guard:

Ryan Vigo: 8 tackles

Catholic:

Noah Miller: 9 tackles