Week 8 Notes: Maine Maritime at Bridgewater State
Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime (0-7 overall, 0-6 NEFC) at Bridgewater State (7-1, 5-1) at noon.
Series History: The Eagles hold a 22-24-1 lead over the Mariners in a series that began in 1960. MMA's last win cam e in 2010.
The Last Meeting: Justin Fuller (Berkley, Mass.) rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bridgewater State University to a 27-0 win over Maine Maritime Academy in New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division action on Saturday. The Bears (6-2, 4-2 Bogan) defense limited the Mariners (4-4, 2-4 Bogan) to 184 yards of offense in posting the first shutout of Maine Maritime since Coast Guard pulled the feat in a 3-0 win five years and one day ago.
The shutout was the Bears' first of MMA since a 12-0 blanking in 1986. The shutout was Bridgewater State's third this season, tying the 1985 and 1988 teams for the school record. The victory was Bridgewater's fourth in as many games. Fuller reached the 2,000-career rushing yard plateau in the win and scored his 30th career touchdown. He now has 2,136 yards in his career.
Bridgewater State's Last Game: The Fitchburg State football team hosted the Bears of Bridgewater State at Elliot Field this afternoon, falling 44-14 in New England Football Conference Bogan Division action.
On the game, running-back Mike Gentili (Leominster, Mass.) led all rushers, posting 118 yards on 15 carries, while McCarthy threw for 145 yards with one passing TD and two rushing TD's. McCarthy added 56 yards on the ground on 12 attempts.
Freshman Luis Feliz (Clinton, Mass.) led all Fitchburg State rushers with 84 yards and 13 carries, while Lopez tacked on a pair of scores and 84 yards on the day.
The Bridgewater defense was outstanding all game long as the Bears picked off three passes and forced four turnovers. Along with Huber-Parker's pick six, junior safety Eddie Jewel (Amherst, Mass.) also intercepted a pair of passes.
Maine Maritime's Last Game: Massachusetts Maritime scored 21 unanswered points in the second half, to break a 21-all tie at halftime, en route to a 42-23 win over Maine Maritime Academy Saturday in a New England Football Conference game at Ritchie Field. With the win, the Buccaneers (4-3 overall, 3-2 NEFC) claimed the 40th Admiral's Cup while the Mariners remained winless this season at 0-7, 0-5.
NEFC Honorees: MMA's Billy Weatherbee rushed for a game-high 139 yards and two scores to earn a honor roll nod and Bridgewater's junior QB had 201 yards of total offense, and three scores, to earn an honor roll spot. The Bears' Dillon Huber-Parker was on the Defensive Honor Roll after recording a pick-six and four tackles.
The Coaches: Chuck Denune is entering his eighth season as the Bears' head coach as he is just the fourthhead coach for the football program since it was reinstituted in 1960. Coach Denune is a 1998 graduate of Heidelberg College in Ohio where he earned a degree in Health and Physical Education. He was a four-year letterman and starter at running back for Heidelbergfrom 1993 to 1996. Following graduation, Chuck also served one season as a student assistant coach at Heidelberg as he was responsible for running backs and special teams as well as the defensive scout team.
Chris McKenney is in his 12th season at the helm in Castine. The most victorious coach in the Academy's history, McKenney picked up his 50th win in the 2011. Under McKenney's direction, the Mariners have med three postseason appearances, including the Academy's first-ever NCAA Championship appearance in the wake of the 2009 NEFC Championship. That season, McKenney was named the New England Football Writers Coach of the Year for Divisions II & III. In 2005, he was named the NEFC Coach of the Year. He had earned Bogan Division Coach of the Year honors in 2006 and 2008.
NEFC Rankings: MMA leads with the conference with 248.1 rushing yards per game while Bridgewater is third at 216.1. The Bears have the No. 2 ranked overall defense in the NEFC, surrendering only 250.5 yards per game.