Coast Guard Drops Fourth Straight To Catholic
by Graham Knight
The Coast Guard Bears ventured out of New England and headed to the nation's capital for a week seven tilt with NEWMAC rivals: the Catholic University Cardinals.
Coast Guard Head Coach C.C. Grant was hoping his team could shake off the drubbing they took at the hands of Springfield with a fresh start against Catholic University.
However, the trip to D.C. was just as inhospitable as the week before. Costly mistakes and an anemic offense led to a 30-7 Catholic Cardinals victory. The loss dropped the Bears to 2-5 on the year, and winless in conference play.
The Bears held the ball for nearly half the game, but came up short, time and time again.
On their first possession of the game Coast Guard marched 70 yards in 16 plays, eating up nearly nine minutes, but Finnegan Hall's 26-yard field goal attempt was wide left. They would run just 7 more plays and gain only 18 yards the rest of the half.
Meanwhile, Catholic opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter on an 18-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. The Bears Jacob Wagner returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards to the Catholic 13, but a penalty brought a big return back into Coast Guard territory. The Cardinals added a 2nd quarter field goal and led 10-0 at halftime.
Coast Guard's first four second-half drives ended in two punts and two turnovers on downs, while Catholic put up three touchdown drives to lead 30-0 by the 4th quarter. The last Cardinals touchdown was virtue of a Coast Guard fumble at the Bears' 13-yard line.
The Bears finally got on the board late in the game as running back Spencer McMillion scored from two yards out, capping a 44-yard, six-play drive to make the final score 30-7. It was the first score for Coast Guard since the 4th quarter against Norwich two weeks prior.
Coast Guard had 192 yards of offense compared to 394 for Catholic. Tafari Wall completed 17 of 21 passes for 136 yards but the Bears could only muster 56 yards rushing.
"We ran the ball pretty well," Coast Guard Head Coach C.C. Grant said, "We're still a very young team. By now I thought we would have gotten over some of these things that we're still doing. Not to take anything away from Catholic, but in a lot of ways we're still beating our own selves."
Coast Guard has a bye this week before their next contest at home against MIT on October 30th. Coach Grant says his team will spend the time healing. The MIT Engineers are 2-3 on the season and are coming off a 56-34 loss to the Merchant Marine Academy.
edited for web by Joe Harman