Bears, minus Resch, grind to a halt against Framingham
New London - Framingham State clinched the New England Football Conference Bogan Division with a victory Saturday, one of two teams in the division Coast Guard Academy coach Bill George calls "different from us."
"Bridgewater and Framingham are different than us. Different on both lines. Different on the perimeter, thicker. Those two teams are different, different all over the field," George said.
And that was the case before record-setting Coast Guard quarterback Jon Resch was knocked out of the game, sustaining a concussion with 9 minutes, 39 seconds to go in the first half.
Coast Guard, which led 3-0 early, was grounded without Resch and fell 39-3 to Framingham (8-1, 6-0), ranked second in New England in Division III.
It is not yet known whether Resch will be cleared to play in next week's season-finale at home against Maine Maritime. He will be evaluated again today.
"It's very unfortunate," senior wide receiver Pat Meggers said. "I know (Resch) wanted to go out there. Obviously, he wanted to be out there.
"Last week we beat Worcester State in overtime. We came into today wanting to win. We had all the confidence in the world we could beat a good team for the second week in a row. ... But when Jon gets hurt, I can't just go hang my cleats up and say, 'Jon's out.' No good player does that."
Resch's injury came with Coast Guard having driven all the way to the Framingham 11, thanks to a 35-yard completion to Collis Brown and a 17-yard pass to Meggers. The Bears (4-4, 3-3) then got help from a pass interference call.
On third-and-8, trailing 13-3, Resch was scrambling and about to be sacked when he got rid of the ball just as he was hit. Resch was called for intentional grounding. He laid motionless on the field for several moments before walking off under his own power.
What followed before halftime was a foreshadowing of how the rest of the game would go.
Tyler Henning missed a 43-yard field goal try to the right and on the Bears' next possession Henning, also the punter, was drilled as he tried to pick up a bad snap.
Henning fumbled at the Coast Guard 16, leading to a Framingham touchdown.
Philip Clain kicked a 28-yard field goal on the Rams' next possession, as they took a 23-3 lead at the half.
Coast Guard second-string quarterback Aaron Corn was sacked on the first play of the second half and sacked four times in all, including once for a safety.
Overall, Coast Guard used four quarterbacks. Corn was 6-for-12 for 26 yards and an interception. Montville graduate Troy Nunes, a freshman making his collegiate debut, was 7-for-14 for 26 yards and an interception, but was also injured. Drew Londo was 3-for-4 for 29 yards.
"The other three guys are finding their way," George said. "That's it. They're inexperienced no matter what year they are."
Framingham running back Melikke Van Alstyne finished with 23 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown, going over the 4,000-yard mark for his career.
Coast Guard senior linebacker Parker Bateson led the defense with 12 tackles and Kyle Wood added an interception that set up the Bears' opening field goal.
As for Resch, he is now 192-for-325 passing this season for 2,279 yards (a single-season school record) and 17 touchdowns.
He has 4,334 yards in his career, 125 yards shy of the career record of 4,459 held by Cory Anderson (2002-05).
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