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Coast Guard comes up short against Curry

Published October 13. 2013 4:00AM

Milton, Mass. Jordan Shairs rushed for 161 yards and a score and also caught a touchdown pass Saturday leading Curry to a 27-24 win over Coast Guard in the New England Football Conference.

Coast Guard junior Jake Wawrzyniak's 2-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left pulled the Bears to within 27-24, but Curry recovered the onsides kick. Senior Phil Bigelow converted a fourth-down run with 2:10 left and Curry ran out the clock.

The Bears (2-4, 2-1) suffered their first conference loss. Curry is 2-3, 2-1. It was Coast Guard's third road game of the season, all three have been loses by seven points or less.

"This team has some character and toughness," Coast Guard coach Bill George said. "We have lost some people on defense, but they continue to battle. I thought the defense was excellent and the offense played excellent at times as well. We are playing good teams. This was not a slouch team, this was a very good football team and in the end they won."

Curry had 395 total yards and had the ball for 37:18 of the game's 60 minutes. Coast Guard finished with 273 total yards, just 38 rushing. Freshman quarterback Derek Victory was 28 of 50 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Senior Nick Fredericksen had 10 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown while junior Collis Brown had eight catches for 49 yards to lead the Bears. Wawrzyniak led the Bears on the ground with 11 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Victory threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Fredericksen with 11:58 left to cut a 10-point halftime deficit to 13-10 with 11:58 left in the third quarter.

The Colonels responded as Shairs went 59 yards for a touchdown to cap a 90-yard drive to answer the Coast Guard touchdown and increase the lead to 20-10 with 7:17 left in the third quarter.

Senior Blake Thompson then caught his first touchdown of the season, an 8-yard touchdown pass from Victory, to cap a 70-yard drive as the Bears pulled to within 20-17 with 4:01 left in the third quarter. Victory hit Thompson for the final three passes of the driving including a key 38-yard completion that put the Bears in the red zone.

Coast Guard returns home Saturday to host Maine Maritime on Homecoming Weekend at 1:30 p.m.

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