LeGrand, Webster Lead Cardinals on Family Weekend

LeGrand, Webster Lead Cardinals on Family Weekend

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University football sophomore Chance LeGrand totaled 163 all-purpose yards while sophomore Brendan Webster had 12 tackles, one for loss, a forced fumble and one interception as the Cardinals fell to Coast Guard in a NEWMAC contest Saturday at Cardinal Stadium, 20-9, on Family Weekend.

Led by LeGrand, Catholic (0-5, 0-2 NEWMAC) totaled a season-high 357 yards of total offense, including a season-high 315 yards passing. Sophomore Brady Berger completed 31-of-48 passes, both career-highs, for 64.6 percent while totaling his throwing for 300 yards for the third time in seven career starts. LeGrand hauled in nine receptions for 80 yards, both career highs, as Berger completed at least one pass to nine different receivers.

Led by Webster, Catholic forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, but only managed six points off of those four miscues.

Coast Guard (3-2, 2-0 NEWMAC), who won for the first time in the last four meetings against the Cardinals, scored on the game's opening possession, going 72 yards in eight plays to take an early 7-0 lead.

After Catholic was forced to punt on its first two possessions, freshman Matthew Grant came up with his first career interception to hault the Bears' third possession inside Cardinal territory before Berger found LeGrand on the first play following the turnover from 25 yards out to put Catholic on the board. However, the extra point was no good and the Cardinals trailed 7-6 with 3:38 left in the first quarter.

Coast Guard capped an 11-play, 45-yard drive with a 34-yard field goal on the ensuing possession to put the visitors up by four, 10-6, with 12:49 left in the second quarter. 

The Bears increased their lead to 17-6 at halftime after they turned a Catholic interception into a 11-yard touchdown pass with 5:12 left in the first half.

The Cardinals accounted for the only points of the third quarter as freshman Sean Gould connected on a field goal for the second-straight week, this time from a career-best 38 yards, to pull the team within 17-9 with 6:25 to play in the third quarter.

Catholic forced two turnovers on back-to-back Coast Guard possessions in the third quarter, but could not turn either into points as the first ended in a fumble of its own before the second resulted in a punt with 14:33 left in the fourth.

The Cardinals had just one offensive possession in the fourth quarter as the Bears totaled 10:40 of possession time compared to just 4:20 for Catholic. It was just the opposite in the third quarter as Catholic totaled 10:19 of possession time compared to just 4:41 for Coast Guard.

Sophomore Wills Kable had six catches for 72 yards while freshman Bryan Melara had 66 yards of total offense with 26 rushing and 40 receiving.

The Bears, who scored on three of four red-zone possessions, were limited to 5-of-13 on third-down conversions, while junior Joe Bukuras also had his first career interception for the Cardinals.

Catholic hits the road for the fourth time in six games this season next Saturday, Oct. 6 when it travels to WPI for a noon kickoff from Alumni Stadium.