• Joe Harman

MIT @ Coast Guard Game Notes

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

Cadet Memorial Field

United States Coast Guard Academy, Norwich, CT

1:30 pm


Freshman Joe Armentrout started at quarterback for the Coast Guard Bears. This was his first start after making his collegiate debut when he replaced Tafari Wall in the second quarter of the Bears' blowout loss to Springfield in week six. Wall retained the starting quarterback job for the following week and played the entire game in the loss to Catholic.

Armentrout was shaky on Coast Guard's opening drive and a fumble by the freshman quarterback gave the ball to MIT. Turnovers by the Bears would prove costly.

After the CGA defense, which shined from the very beginning in this game, forced the Engineers to go 3-and-out, Armentrout began to complete passes and moved the Bears into MIT territory. Then he picked up a 1st-and-goal when he scrambled for a 13-yard gain to reach the MIT 10 yard line.

But the drive came up empty as the offense couldn't find the endzone and Finnegan Hall's field goal attempt was blocked by MIT's Sam Gozelski. Ryan Hourican recovered for the Engineers and ran the ball back 42 yards to the CGA 37.

The Bears defense again picked up the team and forced a turnover on downs when MIT couldn’t get a completion to get into field goal range.


Both teams struggled on offense well into the 2nd quarter with a mix of punts and failed 4th down conversions.

With under 30-seconds left in the first half, and at the CGA 40-yard line, MIT quarterback Oakley Dehning dropped back for a pass but was pressured. He scrambled, then threw a desperation pass deep down the field. The pass found wide receiver Dennis Gastel at the goal line who caught it and fell into the endzone for the game’s first points.

The drive went 69 yards on 7 plays, 2:05

MIT 7, CGA 0


The MIT Engineers took the second half kickoff and came out firing, finding holes in the Bears defense and picking up big gains on the ground. Running back Brady Klein ultimately ran it into the endzone from the 10-yard line for the 14-point lead.

The drive went 80 yards on 9 plays, 04:57

MIT 14, CGA 0

The Coast Guard offense answered on their next drive as Armentrout found Jacob Wagner on a 34-yard completion to reach the MIT 12 yard line. Armentrout then hit Tafari Wall — the player whom he replaced at quarterback — on a 12-yard pass for the first score for Coast Guard.

The drive went 60 yards on 4 plays, 01:21

MIT 14, CGA 7

After the Bears' defense forced another 3-and-out, Armentrout hit another big completion, this one to Damaso Jaime on 1st and 10 for 48 yards to reach the MIT 13. But the Bears couldn’t complete the effort and a field goal attempt by Finnegan Hall was again blocked, again by Gozelski.

Hall has missed his last 6 field goal attempts, with three of those attempts blocked. His last made field goal was in the Bears' loss to Anna Maria on Sept. 25th; he is 5 of 12 on field goal attempts for the year.


On their next possession after the blocked field goal, Armentrout again found Jaime for a deep completion, this one a 44-yarder that got the Bears to the MIT 15. But the offense stalled again and, after a bungled play that resulted in a 17-yard loss, the Bears were looking at a 4th-and-23. This time, instead of attempting another field goal on 4th down, Coach C.C. Grant elected to go for it on 4th and 23 from the MIT 28. Armentrout’s pass went incomplete and the Bears came up empty after another trip into the redzone.

The Bears defense forced punt after punt from MIT in the second half, but despite big passing plays from Armentrout, the CGA offense continued to struggle to score points.

With just 3:08 to go in the game, after another Engineers punt, the Bears were pinned inside their own 10 yard-line when Armentrout fumbled again. It was recovered by MIT who took over possession and quickly pushed it over the goal line to make it a two-score game and seal the win.

The drive went 5 yards on 2 plays, 0:55

MIT 21, CGA 7


Coast Guard has been outscored 111-14 in their last three games.


Coast Guard: 4 (2 fumbles lost, 2 INTs)

MIT: 0

Rushing Stats:

Coast Guard:

Joe Armentrout: 14 rushes, 36 yards, 0 TDs

Jared Colletti: 15 rushes, 28 yards, 0 TDs

Spencer McMillion: 4 rushes, 16 yards, 0 TDs

Coast Guard Total: 34 rushes, 73 yards, 0 TDs


George Stultz: 14 rushes, 64 yards, 0 TDs

Brady Klein: 10 rushes, 41 yards, 2 TDs

MIT Total: 43 rushes, 164 yards, 2 TDs

Passing Stats

Coast Guard:

Joe Armentrout: 37 attempts, 19 completions, 291 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs


Oakley Dehning: 15 attempts, 7 completions, 67 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs