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COAST GUARD @ Curry Colonels -- Game Notes

Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021

1:00 pm Walter M. Katz Field, Milton, MA


Q1

Curry opened Saturday afternoon’s game against the Coast Guard Academy with a strong offensive drive in the Bears’ second road game in a row to open the season. Following a 17-yard pass from Curry senior quarterback Justin Mullaney to junior wide receiver Maxx Bell, the Colonels opening drive stalled after a 10-yard holding penalty, which eventually led to a punt.

From there, the Bears started at the Curry 48-yard line, where a 15-yard facemask penalty set the Coast Guard up to the Curry 31. A beautiful pass to the end zone from junior quarterback Tafari Wall to senior wide receiver James Duren was called out of bounds, which led to the Bears settling on a 42-yard field goal from junior kicker Finnegan Hall. The Bears’ opening drive was eight plays for 23 total yards in three minutes, 25 seconds.

Coast Guard leads 3-0.

Following a series of punts from both teams, the Colonels offense took over with roughly three-and-a-half minutes left in the first quarter. Key plays from Curry, such as a 15-yard run from freshman running back Nathan Simmonds, helped get the home team to the Coast Guard 38-yard line to close out the first quarter.


Q2

The Colonels kept the momentum going to kick off the second quarter, with a 13-yard pass from Mullaney to freshman wide receiver Devon Hughes helping Curry eventually score their first touchdown of the day — a one-yard run by freshman running back Edison Thompson to give Curry their first lead of the day. Thompson’s run capped off a 17-play, 85-yard drive that lasted for a whopping eight minutes and fifteen seconds.

Curry leads 7-3.


With 10:06 left in the second quarter, the Bears began their follow-up drive at their own 21-yard line. After a pair of short-gain rushing plays, a 23-yard scramble by junior running back Jared Colletti took the Bears to the Curry 41-yard line. Just three plays later, the Bears were in the end zone after a 41-yard bomb through the air from Wall to senior wide receiver Damaso Jaime. Coast Guard needed only three minutes and 18 seconds to march down the field in their seven-play, 79-yard follow-up drive to Curry’s touchdown.

Coast Guard leads 10-7.

To answer, Curry came firing right back at the Bears defense, driving into the Coast Guard red zone before Mullaney was sacked to force the Colonels into a field goal situation. Luckily for the Bears, the 38-yard field goal from junior kicker Billy Lynch was no good, allowing Coast Guard to maintain their lead.


Unfortunately for the Bears, a promising drive quickly ended after a Wall pass popped off the chest of his target downfield and was intercepted by freshman defensive back Cameron Cruz at the Curry 2-yard line. The clock read all-zeroes shortly after, as the Bears led at halftime 10-7.


At the end of the first half, Coast Guard had a total of 146 total yards — 41 rushing, 105 passing. Curry had a total of 225 yards — 91 rushing and 134 passing.


Q3

After a number of punts from both teams, Curry converted on a clutch fourth-down conversion to move the ball to the Bears 11-yard line. On the next play, Mullaney fired in a bullet pass to junior wide receiver Gabe DeSouza to take the lead over Coast Guard for the second time on the day.

The Curry scoring drive went for 44 yards on nine plays and lasted for four minutes and nine seconds.

Curry leads 14-10.


Coast Guard’s offense struggled on the ensuing possession, but luckily for the Bears, a roughing the kicker penalty against Curry extended the drive and gave the visitors a free first down. The Bears offense still couldn’t provide, leading to another punt from the Bears, giving the Colonels the football to open the fourth quarter.


Q4

The Bears tried to get their offense working again to reclaim their previous lead early in the fourth quarter, but an interception from Wall by junior defensive back Tahg Coakley was returned seven yards to the Coast Guard 23-yard line, setting up the Colonels with great field possession. Curry was able to get the ball to the Coast Guard five-yard line but failed to convert for a fresh set of downs or reach the endzone following an incompletion on fourth down from Mullaney.


Yet, Curry’s offensive shortcoming was soon forgotten after Wall was intercepted by Cruz for the second time in the game. This time, it was for a 20-yard pick-six, as the Colonels took a two-score lead over Coast Guard.

Curry leads 21-10.


From there, Wall and his receivers continued to be unable to find each other downfield, leading to more punts from Hall, as Curry began wasting clock in the middle of the fourth. With 4:26 left in the game, Coast Guard began another critical drive at their own 40-yard line.


After back-to-back passes to Duren and Jaime for 24 yards to start the drive, the Bears soon made their way to the Curry 8-yard line following another key completion to Jaime — this time for 21 yards. This set up a five-yard touchdown from Wall to Colletti, which was followed up by a successful two-point conversion catch by Jaime to bring the game within three points.

The drive lasted 11 plays and went for 75 yards in two minutes and 56 seconds.

Curry leads 21-18.

With 1:29 left in the game, Curry took over at their own 37-yard line and quickly went three-and-out, giving the Bears the football with 59 seconds left at their own 19-yard line.

However, Wall was intercepted again. This time, it was Curry junior defensive back Kevin Peete who snagged away the football, ending Coast Guard’s chance for a comeback. Curry advances to 1-1 on the year, while the Bears fall to 1-1.


Curry wins 21-18.