November 14, 2013

GAME NOTES: Curry at Maine Maritime

Saturday's Game:  Curry (3-3 NEFC, 3-5 overall) at Maine Maritime (1-5 NEFC, 1-7 overall), noon.

The game will be streamed live here.

Series History: Saturday is the 39th meeting between the two schools in a series that started in 1959. The Mariners own a 21-17-1 record against the Colonels and won the last meeting in 2009. 

The Last Meeting: Maine Maritime handled Curry 48-42 in Milton, Mass. in 2009. 

Curry's Last Game:  As their team celebrated Senior Day, senior defensive tackle Sam Calley recorded a school-record six sacks, and senior running back Phil Bigelow rushed for a season high 134 yards, leading Curry past visiting Nichols.

Defense dominated the opening quarter until Curry began a 13-play, 83-yard drive with 7:55 on the clock. The Colonels notched the only points of the period as senior kicker Zachary Kumin booted a 25-yard field goal with 1:46 left on the clock.

Curry controlled the second frame with a pair of touchdowns scored by Bigelow to open up a 17-0 advantage. The Colonels began the quarter with an 11-play, 67-yard drive capped off with Bigelow scoring on a 3-yard run. Later in the second, senior quarterback Kevin Fruwirth completed a 34-yard pass to classmate Tyran Harrigan to put Curry on the Bison 10-yard line. With 1:43 left in the first half, Fruwirth connected on a 10-yard pass to Bigelow to cap off a five-play, 58-yard drive.

After the Bison were forced to punt early in the second half, the Colonels added to their lead, going 63 yards capped off by another Kumin field goal (35 yards). Curry finished the quarter with a Fruwirth-to-Trae Weathers 63-yard scoring connection extending the Colonels lead to 27-0 entering the final quarter of regulation.

Nichols answered in the fourth with a five-play, 32-yard drive capped off by a seven-yard connection from sophomore quarterback Quillian Respass to freshman Myron Hills . Curry responded on the following drive as junior Jordan Shairs scampered 30 yards to cap off a 49-yard drive and increase the lead to 34-6. Nichols closed out the scoring as Respass ran it in from 21 yards out at 3:37 to account for the 34-13 final.

The Colonels had 448 total yards, rushing for 217 yards and passing for 224. The Bison finished with 222 total yards and held a significant edge in time of possession. Nichols had the ball for 33:46 of the game's 60 minutes, helped in large measure by back-to-back successful on-side kicks in the fourth quarter.

Fruwirth was 15 of 29 for 231 yards with two touchdowns. Bigelow's 134 rushing yards came on 18 carries. Shairs had five receptions for 58 yards and five carries for 62 yards with one touchdown.

Calley had nine total tackles (7 solo), including six sacks -21 yards. Eight of his nine tackles were for lost yards (-24). He also had a pair of forced fumbles. Freshman defensive back Jean Charles also had nine tackles (8 solo). Junior Jose Rodriguez finished with seven total tackles (6 solo) and one interception.

Maine Maritime's Last Game: Maine Maritime totaled 497 yards of offense by dropped a 56-36 decision to MIT.

Peter Williams led the Engineers offense with 264 yards passing and five touchdowns. He was 15 of 18 and found five different receivers. Justin Wallace rushed for 150 yards on 26 carries, Brad Goldsberry caught five passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Gan hauled in three catches for 71 yards and a pair of scores.

Michael Fahey carried 31 times for 170 yards and scored a career-high five touchdowns.

MIT took the opening kickoff and used its ground game to quickly score the first points of the contest. Wallace ran five times for 48 yards on the drive that took just 2:51 and put the Engineers on the board with his two-yard run. Maine Maritime coughed up the ball on its first drive, with freshman Kevin Kusch recovering for MIT on the MIT 46. Six plays later the Engineers were in the end zone again as Williams hit sophomore Samuel Inman from 13 yards out to make it 14-0.

MIT made it three for three on its next drive as the Engineers covered 50 yards in 2:13, with Wallace carrying it in from the 11 to make it 21-0 with four minutes left in the quarter. Maine Maritime got its triple-option attack rolling on its next possession, grinding out a 15-play, 84-yard drive that consumed 7:33 to put its first points on the board. Fahey did most of the damage, carrying seven times for 41 yards, including a five-yard scoring run. Fahey's two-point attempt was good, making it 21-8 with 7:22 left in the half. 

A 45-yard kick return by sophomore Seve Esparrago put MIT in business on the Maine Maritime 30 on the next Engineer drive, and three plays later Williams hit junior Goldsberry from 15 yards out for the score.  The Engineers added a one-yard plunge by Williams with 1:05 left in the half to increase their lead to 35-8.

Maine Maritime started the second half with another long scoring drive; this time going 93 yards in 12 plays, all on the ground. Fahey, who scored all of the Mariners touchdowns in the contest, finished it off with a one-yard run to make it 35-14 after a failed two-point attempt. 

Sparked again by another long return by Esparrago, MIT answered with another three-play scoring drive as Williams hit sophomore Eric Gan from 27 yards out. The Engineers came right back with another score after sophomore Alex Noakes recovered another Mariner fumble, with Williams tossing a 26-yard scoring strike to Goldsberry to make it 49-14.

Maine Maritime came back with back-to-back touchdown drives. Fahey scored on a pair of one-yard runs to cap off drives of 71 and 75 yards to pull the Mariners back to 49-28 with 5:37 left. It was as close as Maine Maritime would get as Gan pulled in another long TD pass from Williams, this time from 38 yards out, just a minute later. Fahey completed the scoring with a five-yard run with 1:28 left.

Frank True led the Mariners with 11 tackles, John Doyon had nine stops and Matt Clifford seven. Doyon and Michael Burgess (6 tackles) teamed up for Maine Maritime's lone sack of the game.

NEFC Honors: Fahey was named to the NEFC Offensive Honor Roll for  his performance in the MIT game. 

Frank True also landed on the NEFC Honor Roll for his performance in the MIT contest.

Still Moving Up: Billy Wehterbee rushed for 217 yards on 27 carries for Maine Maritime against MIT. Wetherbee surpassed Claude LeClair '85 for eighth on the all-time career rushing charts. He now sits with 2,428 yards and is 197 yards shy of tying Matt Rende '12 for seventh.

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