Union hands Coast Guard first football defeat 28-13

Schenectady, N.Y. — Nick Cascione threw for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns while running for another as Union College defeated Coast Guard Academy 28-13 on Saturday in the first football meeting between the two schools since 2005.

Cascione was 18 of 25 for (he was intercepted once) while rushing for 22 yards and a score for the Dutchmen (1-1), and Connor Kinzelman added 136 rushing yards.

Coast Guard quarterback Ethan Goldcamp was 32 of 57 for 332 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Bears (1-1), but the junior was sacked four times as the Union defense held Coast Guard to negative four yards rushing on 18 carries.

"They did a good job of disrupting our passing game by putting some pressure on us," Coast Guard coach Bill George said. "We had some mistiming with our passing game and that is unusual. We battled to the end, we had a nice drive late in the game. I thought there were some lulls in the game, but this is a good team and we knew that going in."

Freshman Justin Moffatt led Coast Guard with career highs of nine receptions and 91 yards while junior Chip Crowley had five receptions for 83 yards and senior Cody Bain had five catches for 63 yards for the Bears.

There were plenty of fireworks for Union early in the first quarter. Kinzelmann had an 87-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage called back on a holding penalty. However, the Dutchmen came back and drove the field, capped by a 43-yard touchdown pass from Cascione to Griffin Beal giving Union a 7-0 lead with 10:03 left in the first quarter.

Just 56 seconds later, linebacker Jack Reilly intercepted Goldcamp on the Bears' second play from scrimmage and returned it 27 yards for a score for a 14-0 lead.

Coast Guard answered, marching 70 yards and scoring on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Goldcamp to senior Cody Bain with 4:48 left in the quarter with Cole Austin's PAT cutting the deficit to 14-7.

Austin missed a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter and Union took advantage by driving 74 yards in just five players and taking a 21-7 edge on Cascione's 4-yard TD pass to Alex Kaplanovich with four minutes left in the half.

Union took control early in the third quarter. After the Bears went 3-and-out using just 12 seconds, the Dutchmen went on an 18-play, 68-yard drive that lasted 8:33 and ended with Cascione scoring from six yards out to make it 28-7.

Coast Guard's final scored came with 51 seconds remaining when Goldcamp threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Moffatt capping a 10-play, 86-yard drive.

Chip Crowley recovered an onside kick at the Union 45 with 50 seconds left, but the Bears did not score.

"Our defense played well at times, got some stops and kept us in the game," George said. "We have to stay positive and move forward."

Coast Guard returns home next Saturday to face Nichols College at 1:30 p.m. in the final non-conference game of the season.

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