There is a great deal on the line today for the Coast Guard Academy football team, which could record its first winning season since 2007 with a victory over Maine Maritime at Cadet Memorial Field (noon).
"For the seniors, it's the biggest game," said senior wide receiver Pat Meggers, who leads Coast Guard with 740 receiving yards. "We haven't had a winning record since we've been here. We were 4-5 my freshman year; 5-4 would just be awesome."
If there's one senior to focus on today, it's quarterback Jon Resch, who has led the offense to 3,222 yards of offense this year, approaching the Coast Guard season record of 3,549 set in 2007.
Resch, who has already established single-season records for completions (192) and yards (2,279) can put his name among the Bears' elite quarterbacks a few more times. He is two touchdowns shy of the single-season record of 19 held by Dan Warren (1996) and is 125 yards shy of the career record of 4,459 yards held by Cory Anderson (2002-05).
Resch was injured in last week's loss to Framingham State when his head hit the turf, but has been cleared to play in the season finale.
Coast Guard is 4-4 overall, 3-3 in the New England Football Conference Bogan Division. Maine Maritime, which runs the triple-option offense, is 0-8, 0-7.
"Jon has advanced into a phenomenal leader," Coast Guard coach Bill George said of Resch. "Football exposes your real weaknesses when you're young, but as that changes, you can see it on the football field.
"He's one of the great quarterbacks we've had without any doubt about it. He's in the record book a lot. He's had what you hope all guys will have: that tremendous senior year."
- Vickie Fulkerson