NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard junior QB Christian George ran for a pair of first-half touchdowns and threw for another in the third quarter Saturday afternoon as Coast Guard handed Plymouth State University a 35-7 defeat in a game between the two new teams in the New England Football Conference (NEFC).
Senior Josh Williams also scored a pair of touchdowns as Coast Guard snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to last season. CGA is now 1-1 on the season while PSU slips to 0-2. The game is does not count in the NEFC standings because the teams are in different divisions.
Plymouth State had an impressive opening drive, which took up half of the quarter, as they went 71 yards in 16 plays, but junior Chris Dopp (Epsom, N.H.) missed a 31-yard field goal.
The Panthers stopped Coast Guard on its first possession, but CGA freshman Sam England recovered a PSU fumble at the Panther 11-yard line, setting up a George 6-yard TD run. David Lieberman's extra point was good and Coast Guard led 7-0 with 3:57 left in the opening quarter. Coast Guard (1-1) increased its lead to 14-0 on a 16-yard run by George with 6:36 left in the first half.
The Bears took the opening drive of the second half and Williams (10 carries, 63 yards) scored on a one-yard run capping a seven-play, 49-yard drive giving Coast Guard a 21-0 lead. George (8-of-16, 95 yards, 1 TD), threw his first collegiate touchdown pass, a 24-yarder to Mike Zielinski (3 catches, 39 yards), a spectacular one-handed grab over the middle, to up the lead to 28-0 with 3:30 left in the quarter. Williams (10 carries, 63 yards) had the final Coast Guard touchdown of the game, a 7-yard run with 12:12 left.
Plymouth State broke the shutout with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter as backup quarterback John DeMarco (Milford, N.H.) led the Panthers on a 15-play, 77-yard drive, capped by a 7- yard touchdown pass to Drew Richardson (Newburgh, Maine). DeMarco finished 11-of-23 for 88 yards with one TD and one INT, while Richardson had six catches for 58 yards.
PSU had the ball for over 36 minutes and ran 20 more plays than Coast Guard, but the Bears outgained the Panthers 341 to 293. Coast Guard had 246 yards on the ground while Plymouth rushed for 172 yards.
Lance Lynch carried nine times for 77 yards for Coast Guard while George totaled 56 yards on eight carries with the two scores. Junior Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H.) led Plymouth State on the ground with nine carries for 59 yards.
PSU returns home to host UMass Dartmouth next Saturday at 1:00 p.m., the home opener at Currier Field and the first official NEFC contest of the season.
(Courtesy of Coast Guard Sports Information)
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