Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy at Norwich University

Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy at Norwich University

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Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (1-5, 1-3 NEWMAC) at Norwich University (0-6, 0-3 NEWMAC), 1:30 pm, Sabine Field, Northfield, Vermont.

Series History: Norwich holds a 9-0 record all-time against the Mariners, but the two teams have not met since 1968.

Last Meeting: Norwich defeated the Mariners 13-9 in 1968.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Senior Corey Creeger (Biddeford, Maine) amassed 329 yards of total offense, threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for another to lead Maine Maritime Academy football to a 34-16 win over Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action last Saturday at Ritchie Field.

Creeger recorded 212 yards on 26 carries as the Mariners totaled 441 yards of total offense, including 324 rushing yards, while holding Coast Guard to just 230 total yards. The Maine Maritime defense was instrumental in the victory, tallying five sacks and three interceptions.

The Mariners put together a 14-play scoring drive on the opening possession of the game, using just over eight minutes before Creeger threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to freshman Dominic Casale (Freeport, Maine) on 4th-and-5 with 6:56 left in the first quarter.

Coast Guard's Patrick Crowley blocked the extra point and senior Will Daniels returned it all the way to make the score 6-2.

Following an exchange of punts, sophomore Trenton Bouchard (Winslow, Maine) intercepted Coast Guard's quarterback Ryan Jones at the Mariner-45 and on the next play Creeger ran 55 yards for a touchdown. The two point conversion pass failed making the score 12-2 with 2:19 left in the first quarter.

Coast Guard responded on a 3-yard run from Jones to cap an 83-yard drive to make it 12-9 following Cole Austin's extra point with 13:04 left in the first half. Darius Adams had a key 18-yard reception during the drive on the final play of the first quarter when he and junior John Bennett (Chelsea, Maine) both came down with the ball at the Mariner-18 and by rule, the ball stays with the offense.

On the next drive, Maine Maritime capitalized on a running into the kicker penalty by Coast Guard on 4th-and-5. Jacob Doolan's (Fairfield, Maine) 3-yard touchdown run on 4th and 2 pushed the Mariner lead to 18-9. Doolan's two-point conversion run made the score 20-9 with 56 seconds left the half. During the 22-play drive that took 12 minutes off the clock, Creeger converted on 4th-and-1 with a 1-yard run to the Coast Guard 11.

Maine Maritime dominated the time of possession in the first half as they had the ball for over 22 minutes in the first 30 minutes. The Bears had just eight plays for 18 yards in the second quarter. 

The Mariners led 20-9 at halftime but the Bears scored on the opening possession of the second half on a 5-yard touchdown run by senior Cam Cecchini with 10:43 left in the third quarter. Austin's kick cut the deficit to 20-16.

Following an exchange of punts, Creeger's 56-yard run gave the Mariners the ball at the Coast Guard 17 and Doolan's 5-yard touchdown run pushed the lead to 26-16. Creeger's two-point conversion pass to freshman Mason Kaserman (Portland, Maine) made it 28-16 with 4:52 left in the third quarter.

Coast Guard recovered pair of fumbles in Mariner territory in the fourth quarter, one by Titus Creamer and the other by Jake Behne, but the Maine Maritime defense stood strong, forcing the Bears to turn over the ball on downs the first time before an interception by John Bennett on the Mariner-10 on 4th and long with 4:42 left.

Creeger found Kaserman for a 90-yard touchdown reception to give the Mariners a comfortable 34-16 lead with 4:21 left in the game and the victory.

Alec Clark (Winslow, Maine) led the Mariner defense with 16 tackles, including nine solo stops and a sack for a loss of 10 yards. Derek Breunig (Westbrook, Maine) added 10 tackles (four solo), including two tackles for a loss of 25 yards and a sack. John Bennett ended the afternoon with nine tackles (four solo), an interception and a broken up pass. Andrew Plata (Cumberland, R.I.) and Bouchard added the other interceptions for the Mariners, while both Spencer Baron (Mariaville, Maine) and Cody O'Brien (Wells, Maine) tallied forced fumbles.

Norwich University's Last Game: Norwich enters Saturday's game coming off a 52-17 loss to Merchant Marine in NEWMAC action last week. 

Senior quarterback Brice Moore ran for 221 yards and a touchdown, as well as passing for 80 more yards and a touchdown to lead the Merchant Marine offense in the victory. USMMA rushed for 551 yards and had 631 yards of total offense. 

Freshman kicker Clyde Tamburro got the Cadet's on the board in the second quarter on a 30-yard field goal, bringing the score to 7-3 midway through the second quarter.

After Merchant Marine opened the second half with a field goal, the Cadets answered with a 16-yard touchdown reception from senior Nolan Aurelia delivered by sophomore quarterback Matthew Chaffee. 

Chaffee found Aurelia all alone in the middle of the end zone and hit him with a perfect pass on the numbers after rolling out to his left.

After a Merchant Marine score, the Cadets once again rallied to tie the game at 17-17 with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Chaffee, this time caught by freshman wide receiver Tristan Weathers towards the end of the third quarter. 

Once again Chaffee rolled out to his left, evaded a pair of Merchant Marine defenders and found Weathers for a diving catch just inside the end zone on the right side of the field to level the score with a successful PAT from Tamburro.

However, the fourth quarter saw the Mariners pull away with this contest as they scored four rushing touchdowns and sealed the game with a fumble recovery for a touchdown during the fourth quarter.

Defensively, senior Austin Roberts led the Cadets with an impressive 22 tackles on the day. Junior Bo Phillips had a great day as well with 11 tackles, a forced and recovered fumble, and an interception.

The Mariners: Corey Creeger leads Maine Maritime's offense with 564 passing yards on 27 completions and four touchdown passes. On the ground, Creeger also leads the Mariners with 352 rushing yards on 132 carries and eight touchdowns. Jordan Susi (South Portland, Maine) leads the Maine Maritime receivers with 277 yards on 12 catches and a touchdown. Mason Kaserman has 236 yards on six receptions and three touchdowns.

Defensively, John Bennett leads the Mariners with 49 tackles, including 26 solo stops and three interceptions for 60 yards.

As a team the Mariners average 316.2 yards per game, including 197.7 rushing yards per game and 18.2 points per game.

The Cadets: Matthew Chaffee leads the Cadets with 496 passing yards on 40 completions and three touchdowns, while Connor Bourque leads the team with 245 rushing yards on 55 carries and three touchdown. Tristan Weathers leads the Cadets with 379 yards on 20 receptions and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Austin Roberts leads the Cadets with 63 tackles, including 28 solo tackles and one tackle for a loss of three yards, and an interception.

As a team Norwich averages 265 yards a game, including 156.5 rushing yards. The Cardets are scoring 12.2 points per game, while allowing opponents 402.3 yards per game and 31 points per game.

High Honors: After the Mariners' victory over Coast Guard last week, Corey Creeger earned both NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Alec Clark was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week. 

300+ Yards: Last week Corey Creeger amassed 329 yards of offense, marking the second time this season the senior quarterback has tallied over 300 yards of total offense.

Long Pass: In Saturday's win over Coast Guard, Corey Creeger connected with Mason Kaserman for a 90-yard touchdown pass, tying the second longest touchdown completion in Maine Maritime Academy football history.