Published October 27. 2013 4:00AM
Beverly, Mass. - Coast Guard Academy's hopes of winning the New England Football Conference came to a quick halt on Saturday when Endicott College routed the Bears 33-7.
Coast Guard (3-5, 3-2) had a chance to win the NEFC outright by winning its final three games - two against a pair of conference unbeatens (Endicott and Salve Regina) - but instead the Gulls (5-2, 4-0) moved a step closer to a title showdown with Salve later in the season.
Running back Spencer Walsh had 30 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns, Dylan Rushe kicked four field goals and quarterback Drew Frenette was completed 20 of 43 passes for 302 yards and a TD.
Coast Guard actually had an early lead on Saturday when they drove 81 yards to take a 7-3 lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by junior Jake Wawrzyniak with 35 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
The key play of the drive came on an halfback option pass from Wawrzyniak to wide receiver Collis Brown for a 57-yard gain.
That it would be it for the Bears, however, as Endicott needed only 58 seconds to regain the lead on Frenette's 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Alec Matys.
The Gulls would scored on four straight possessions in the second quarter to take charge. Rushe kicked a 54-yard field goal to push the lead to 13-7 with 11:50 left in the half, Walsh ran five yards for a score to make it 20-7 with 6:30 to play in the half and Rushe made a 32-yard field goal just 1:58 before admission to push the lead to 23-7.
In between, Coast Guard missed out on a big chance in the second quarter.
Trailing 13-7, freshman quarterback Drew Victory hooked up with Brown for a 63-yard gain down to the Endicott 19, but Victory was intercepted moments later at the 9 and the Gulls, who had 344 yards of total offense in the first half, would drive 91 yards for a TD.
Endicott would complete the scoring in the second half when Rushe kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter and Walsh ran four yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Gulls, coached by Niantic native J.B. Wells, finished with 502 yards of total offense.
For Coast Guard, Victory was 21 of 42 for 193 yards with an interception, Brown had a eight catches for 166 yards and Wawrzyniak rushed 12 time for 39 yards, had six receptions for 31 yards and completed the 57-yard pass.
The Bears are off next week before visiting Salve Regina on Nov. 9 in Newport at noon.