When: Today, 1 p.m.
Where: Endicott Stadium, Beverly, Mass.
Records: Coast Guard 3-4 overall, 3-1 New England Football Conference; Endicott 4-2, 3-0.
Last week: Coast Guard defeated Maine Maritime 40-0; Endicott had a bye.
Players to watch: Coast Guard, QB Derek Victory (116-for-187, 1,120 yards, 8 TD, 7 INT); RB Jake Wawrzyniak (103 carries, 220 yards; 25 catches, 100 yards); WR Collis Brown (43 catches, 621 yards, 5 TD); WR Nick Fredericksen (34 catches, 287 yards, 1 TD); DE Aaron Black (63 tackles, 36 solo); SS Joe Rizzardi (61 tackles, 46 solo, 5.5 TFL); PK Tyler Henning (11-for-13 FG, 21-22 PAT).
Endicott, QB Drew Frenette (107-for-164, 1,359 yards, 14 TD, 3 INT); WR Alec Matys (31 receptions, 405 yards, 6 TD); WR Nate Lewis (27 receptions, 288 yards); RB Spencer Walsh (123 carries, 668 yards, 7 TD); DL Marcell Cooper (51 tackles, 25 solo, 4.6 TFL); LB Nick Kozlowski (48 tackles, 20 solo).
Analysis: The Bears can win the NEFC and earn a NCAA Division III playoff berth by winning their final three games, but two are against unbeaten conference foes, starting with Endicott, the preseason NEFC favorite. The Gulls, who share first with Salve Regina, lead the league in scoring (38.2) and yards and passing yards per game (257.8) while allowing just 140.2 passing yards per game, also tops in the NEFC. Containing Frenette, who completed 21-of-24 passes for three TDs in a 51-7 win over Nichols on Oct. 12, will be a key for the Bears, but Endicott will also have to slow down Victory, who has ignited the Bears' offense since becoming the starter on Sept. 28. CGA has been particulary efficient in the red zone, scoring 23 of 26 times, including 14 TDs. J.B. Wells, who played his high school football at St. Bernard, is in his 11th year as the head coach at Endicott. He's the only head football coach in program history.
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