Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime (0-1 NEFC, 0-3 overall) at Endicott (1-0, 2-2), 12 p.m. The Mariners and Gulls have faced off only once, in the 2010 NEFC championship game. Endicott won the game 38-35.
Last Meeting (2010): Junior quarterback Phil Konopka threw for 255 yards and two scores while rushing for two more touchdowns in a dramatic 38-35 victory Saturday afternoon over Maine Maritime Academy in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship game. Konopka was the recipient of the William J. Mottola Award, which is given to the Most Valuable Player of the NEFC Championship game.
The Gulls battles back from twice from 11-point deficits and scored with 58 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a Mike Lane 5-yard touchdown run to take a three-point lead and the eventual victory over the Mariners. The Gulls will find out where they play in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
Despite the loss, the Mariner rushing attack became the most prolific running attack in the DIII history. With their 364 yards on the ground, MMA broke Springfield College's DIII record for rushing yards in a season with 4,803. The previous mark was at 4,496 yards. Jim Bower also continued his climb up the NCAA Division III career-rushing list, moving into 6th place all-time with 5,917 career-rushing yards.
Mariners Last Game: Western New England shutout Maine Maritime, 59-0, in a New England Football Conference game.
Gulls Last Game: In the first week of New England Football Conference (NEFC) play, the Endicott football team went on the road and handed league opponent Curry a 42-27 defeat as the Gulls evened their 2013 overall record at 2-2 while jumping out to a 1-0 record in their NEFC schedule. Gulls junior quarterback Drew Frenette threw for over 300 yards and four touchdown passes and sophomore running back Spencer Walsh rushed a season-high 149 yards and two scores to lead the offensive effort.
NEFC Honors: Maine Maritime freshman defensive lineman Christopher Ford was named to the NEFC Defensive Honor Roll after recording 11 tackles, a sack and forced fumble.
Endicott junior quarterback Drew Frenette was named NEFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing four TD passes, and 308 yards, in a 28-14 win over Curry.
NEFC Stats: Billy Wetherbee leads the conference with 427 rushing yards. Frenette leads the conference in passing yards with 786.
The Mariners own the top rushing offense in the conference with 317 yards per game, while Endicott is second in passing with 245 yards per game.
National stats: The Mariners are third in Division III with 371 rushing yards per game.
Movin' Up: Wetherbee has 1,591 career rushing yards and has moved into 13th all-time at Maine Maritime. The senior is 203 yards shy or surpassing Tyler Angell '10 for the No. 12 spot. Angell rushed for 1,793 yards from 2006-09.