Catching Up With Coast Guard Academy Quarterback Derek Victory

Coast Guard Academy quarterback Derek Victory accounted for seven touchdowns last Saturday in the Bears' 56-54 win over Curry College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)
Coast Guard Academy quarterback Derek Victory accounted for seven touchdowns last Saturday in the Bears’ 56-54 win over Curry College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Derek Victory of Coast Guard Academy enjoyed a career day last Saturday, scoring seven touchdowns, including six through the air, while setting a school record for 525 passing yards. Victory’s six touchdowns through the air matched a school record.

In addition to his passing yards, Victory also rushed for 22 yards and one score to finish the contest with a school record 547 yards of total offense.

“Saturday was definitely a wild game,” Victory said a few days after his team’s exciting 56-54 win over Curry College.

Victory was tabbed this week’s Co-New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week with Curry quarterback Alex Corvese, who finished Saturday’s contest with seven touchdowns through the air.

Noontime Sports caught up with Victory to discuss his team’s dramatic, yet exciting win, as well as what we can expect from the Bears over the next few weeks.

Saturday’s contest against Curry College was quite a game. Tell me what it was like to be a part of it?

It reminded me a lot of my second start at the Academy against Western New England University (in 2013). We jumped out to an early lead and then they came roaring back and we had to just keep throwing the ball to stay in the lead.

Tell me about breaking a pair of school records with 525 passing yards and 547 yards of total offense – what does that mean to you?

It’s still kind of hard to believe. It means a lot, though. A record like that is a team effort. It involves all 11 guys performing in sync the entire game. The o-line played great, allowing zero sacks once again and the receivers made big plays over and over again.

In addition to breaking a pair of school records, you became the Academy’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (44) – care to share what that honor means to you?

It means that we’re putting points on the scoreboard as an offense. Growing up a Miami Dolphins fan and watching old Dan Marino highlights, I remember him saying that exact thing when he was asked about his touchdown records.

Five years from now, what will you remember most about your team’s game against Curry?

I’ll remember what happened after the game. My mom and dad gave me a huge hug and kept saying how proud they were. It was a special moment.

Tell me about winning back-to-back games – would it be fair to say your team is slowly catching its stride?

Offensively, we are firing on all cylinders. The Salve Regina loss was a huge disappointment to the guys so the fact that we’ve bounced back after that loss and two close losses before that speaks volumes about the guys we have on this team. We’re slowly getting healthier as a team, getting guys back from injury and learning the ins-and-outs of our offense. We definitely have caught our stride, but we all realize that we have a lot of areas that we can improve upon.

What is the goal for the team heading into this coming weekend’s game against Nichols? What does your team have to accomplish in order to secure a win?

Our goal is the same heading into every game: we want to go 1-0 every day. That means don’t look ahead or worry about the past. In order to secure a win Saturday (against Nichols), we just need to keep that intensity in practice going from last week.

What’s your all-time favorite Coast Guard Academy football memory?

My favorite memory was winning the Secretaries Cup at home back in 2014 (against Merchant Marine). No better feeling than hoisting that trophy at the end of a great game.

Do you have a favorite quarterback – either current or past – you look up to? If so, who is it and why do you idolize that particular signal-caller?

It’s hard to narrow it down to just one. Growing up in a Dolphins household obviously Marino is up there. Guys like Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are two players I try to emulate because of Peyton’s football mind and the passion that Rivers plays with on a weekly basis.

Tell me about your major. What interested you in pursuing that particular major?

I am majoring in government, focusing on law and public policy.  I was always interested in politics (when I was younger) and how the government operated, so that is what drew me to the government major.

Three songs you are listening to currently?

‘A little more Summertime’ by Jason Aldean

‘Song for Another Time’ by Old Dominion

‘Southern Comfort Zone’ by Brad Paisley.

What is your all-time favorite movie?

My Cousin Vinny.

Favorite TV show?

Breaking Bad.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would love to visit Italy and Ireland, and see where my ancestors came from.

Finally, what’s the best advice you ever received from a coach or teammate?

The best advice I ever received from a coach was from my youth league coach, Bill Washington. His advice was simple, “stay calm.” That advice has helped me slow down the game and relax while dropping back to pass.

Noonan: On Sunday, The Patriots Will ‘Ignore The Noise’ Against Seattle

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) and quarter Tom Brady (right) will look to capture their fourth Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) and quarter Tom Brady (right) will look to capture their fourth Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s finally Sunday.

One more game remains on the 2014 NFL Schedule: Super Bowl XLIX.

New England versus Seattle, clam chowder and great seafood versus Starbucks and the artists. Bill Belichick against Pete ‘How ‘Bout Our Defense’ Carroll, Tom Brady versus Russell Wilson, and East Coast versus West Coast.

The list goes on and on, but this Super Bowl has a different meaning. Instead of two teams competing for the ultimate prize – the Vince Lombardi Trophy (Yes, I used Lombardi’s first name) – this game is about the Patriots against the World.

Everyone wants to see the Patriots crumble, especially against a defense – The Legion of Boom – that is prepared to burst through the line of scrimmage on each snap. Fans want to see New England – a team that has been under scrutiny for the past two weeks because of “Deflate Gate” – lose.

Enough, people!

This is the NFL, the most popular sport in the North America, and instead of getting excited about two great teams competing for a championship, we’ve been wrapped up in Deflate Gate, as well as pondering the question: Is Tom Brady a cheater?

Belichick’s mantra has always been to ignore the noise, and you can bet New England did that this week while preparing for their final test. Say what you want – go ahead, are they cheaters? – but the Patriots first faced adversity when they finished the month of September with an excruciating loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tom Brady and the Patriots were "done" after ending September with a 41-14 setback. (Photo Credit: The Big Lead/USA Today Sports).
Tom Brady and the Patriots were “done” after ending September with a 41-14 setback. (Photo Credit: The Big Lead/USA Today Sports)

Against Kansas City, Brady completed 14 of 23 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Brandon LaFell hauled in six catches for 119 yards, including one touchdown reception, while the defense allowed 26 first downs 443 yards.

Yep, the Patriots were done after this game. At 2-2, the “experts” said it was time for Brady to take a seat and make way for Jimmy Garoppolo.

Yet, as I stated above, the Patriots ignored the noise, turned their attention to their week five opponent: Cincinnati Bengals. And in a span of six days, the Patriots went from non-contenders to contenders, blowing out their opponent by a score of 43-17.

Following their win, New England rattled off seven straight wins, including victories against Denver, Indianapolis and San Diego. They finished atop the AFC East again – surprise, surprise! – and claimed home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Still think the Patriots should have folded following their 2-2 start?

In the postseason, they earned impressive wins against Baltimore (35-31) and Indianapolis (45-7). Their win against the Ravens featured a formation that continues to baffle John Harbaugh – Baltimore’s head coach – but again, did that faze these Pats?

The answer: nope!

Say all you want about Belichick, who was punished for SpyGate in 2007, but the man knows the game of football. He knows how to coach a team, which is ready and prepared to compete against the Seahawks, who humiliated Peyton Manning and the Broncos literally one year ago.

So, while you may think that Deflate Gate or SpyGate or any sort-of-gate is going to bring down these Patriots, think again.

Tonight, we could see history play out in Arizona as Brady and Belichick look to capture their fourth Super Bowl crown since the 2001 season. Sure, it is the same playing field that saw these Patriots conclude their almost perfect season to the New York Giants, but this team is clearly different from the 18-1 squad.

My prediction: I like the Patriots against the Seahawks. It will be close, but New England will squeak past Seattle, claiming their fourth Lombardi trophy, setting up an interesting handshake between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell.

Again, say what you want – call them cheaters or benders-of-the-rules, but these Patriots will ignore the noise and figure out a way to conclude a controversial season with some hardware.

Thomas: Five Teams That Should Acquire Peyton Manning

Now that Peyton Manning is a free agent, where will he most likely end up next? (Photo Credit: Colts.com)

By Elizabeth Thomas 

On Wednesday, Mar. 8, the Indianapolis Colts decided they wouldn’t renew Peyton Manning’s five-year, $90 million contract, which included a $28 million signing bonus. So, instead of picking up the remaining four-years on his current deal, the Colts decided to show Manning the door. And now, he’s a free agent quarterback looking for a new home, as well as a fresh start, too.

So, with all this in mind, I thought I’d provide five various organizations that should certainly consider signing the highly touted veteran quarterback.

Miami Dolphins: Since losing out on the Jeff Fisher sweepstakes, Miami hasn’t made too much noise this offseason. First-year head coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman are committed to implementing a west coast offense, which Manning has never conducted. However, the former Colts gunslinger does own a home in South Beach, as well as won a Super Bowl at Dolphins Stadium, too, so that could certainly provide some leverage at the negotiating table. Also, the Dolphins offense would excel quite well with him under center, and force Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Reggie Bush to step-up their “game.” Manning could be an excellent puzzle piece for a veteran squad, but would a west coast offense be the straw that breaks the camels back? We’ll see!

Washington Redskins: Reports surfaced earlier this week that a Washington radio station confirmed that the Redskins were most likely out of the running for Manning. Yet, if head coach Mike Shanahan can somehow adjust his offensive, then maybe Washington will be able to lure Manning to their organization.

Denver BroncosWith Tim Tebow becoming not only the face of Denver’s franchise, but also a cultural icon, then it’s highly doubtful that the Broncos head coach John Fox would make any changes to tarnish his image, right? Think again! Manning seems determined to remain in the AFC, and while executive vice president of football operations John Elway wants to win now, then it’s likely that the Broncos should consider signing him as soon as possible. Elway and Manning are golf buddies, so it’s possible that the former Denver gunslinger could woo the free agent quarterback to the “Mile High” city.

New York Jets: New York has invested time and money in their quarterback, Mark Sanchez, who has led Gang Green to the AFC Championship twice in the past three seasons. However, if New York wants to end their championship drought, then adding Peyton might be necessary.

Arizona Cardinals: Who wouldn’t want to play football in the desert? Wouldn’t you want to join the Cardinals, so you could toss numerous touchdowns to the NFL’s most lucrative receiver, Larry Fitzgerald? Manning would be a great fit for Arizona, who still hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Also, if you acquire Manning, you’d probably get Reggie Wayne, who is a free agent, too.

Daily Noontime – March 7, 2012

Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 30 points on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: Lawrence.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Hump Day to everyone, and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime. Let’s kick-start the rest of your morning!

* The Boston Celtics extended their current winning streak to five games on Tuesday evening, as they defeated the Houston Rockets, 97-92 in overtime. Paul Pierce paced the Green and White with 30 points, while Rajon Rondo tallied 12 points. Boston will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they travel to Philadelphia for a 7:00pm tip-off.

* The Boston Bruins earned an important road win, as they defeated the Maple Leafs in Toronto, 5-4. The win snaps a two-game skid, too. The Black and Gold will return to the TD Garden on Thursday when they host the Buffalo Sabres.

* According to numerous reports – Indianapolis Colts quarterbackPeyton Manning will become an unrestricted free agent. However, where will he end up? We’ll find out soon!

* For the first time since 1946, Harvard University’s men’s basketball team will be headed to the “big dance,” as the Crimson earned an automatic bid on Tuesday when Princeton defeated Penn, 62-52. The March Madness brackets will be released on Sunday, Mar. 11.

Countdown to Super Bowl XLVI: Recapping Media Day (Links)

The New England Patriots players seemed to enjoy Media Day! (Photo Credit: TimesUnion.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday, which means we’re inching closer to Sunday’s big game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants. Although, while we anxiously count down the hours, minutes and seconds, let’s continue our series, “Countdown to the Super Bowl” with a few highlights and links from Media Day.

* Media Day’s are normally filled with a variety of thought provoking, as well as silly and bizarre questions. Do you think someone asked Bill Belichick to spell his receivers names? I don’t think so, but according to an article from the AP, we learn about some of the unusual questions that were asked on Tuesday.

* ESPNBoston.com provided an interesting blog that featured highlights of a Tedy Bruschi interview on The Herd with Chris Cowherd radio show. Bruschi talked about the big game and tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s injury.

* Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco reflected on this past year with New England, and talked with the NFL Network about the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl.

* New England quarterback Tom Brady certainly enjoyed his fifth “Media Day,” and handled the press “with aplomb.”

* According to ESPNNewYork.com – Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is excited to test the Patriots questionable secondary.

* The New York Times provides an interesting piece on quarterback Eli Manning, who spoke with reporters about his brother Peyton Manning, but not his future.

* It’s a total long shot, but could Giants head coach Tom Coughlin “be forging a legacy” if his team defeats the Patriots, again?

* The New York Daily News profiled Belichick’s “Media Day” experience.