Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-1) vs. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (1-0), 12:00 p.m.
Home Openers: In the Chris McKenney era, Maine Maritime is 7-7 in the first game of the season at Ritchie Field. McKenney's Mariners are 3-2 in the last five home openers.
Series History: Saturday's game marks the 54th meeting between Maine Maritime Academy and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Massachusetts Maritime currently holds a 30-24 record over Maine Maritime.
Saturday's game marks the 43rd Annual Admiral's Cup. The Buccaneers hold a 25-17 advantage over the Mariners in Admiral's Cup games, and have won the last four-consecutive meetings, after the Mariners won the previous seven straight games.
The rivalry was started in 1946, with the first Admiral's Cup being played in 1973.
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Last Meeting: Maine Maritime and Massachusetts Maritime last met on September 20, 2014 in the 42nd Annual Admiral's Cup at Clean Harbors Stadium, and the Buccaneers captured their fourth straight win in the series with a 26-20 double overtime win over the Mariners. Last year's game was the first double overtime game for the Mariners since October 8th, 2011.
The Mariners took the opening kickoff and marched 68 yards on six plays to take a 6-0 lead on a three-yard run by sophomore Joe DiBiase (Chelsea, Maine). DiBiase added a 54-yard touchdown run with 1:15 remaining in the opening quarter to give the Mariners a 12-0 lead.
The Buccaneers scored twice to take a 13-12 lead in the third quarter, but Michael Fahey (Union, Conn.) ran the ball in from the one-yard line, and Joshua Doolan (Fairfield, Maine) converted the two point conversion to give the Mariners the 20-13 lead. On the Buccaneer's next drive, Bobby Rosano caught a 14-yard pass from John Trudel to tie things up at 20-20.
Both teams had chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter, the best coming with 5:19 remaining after the Buccaneers drove to the Mariner 8-yard line before Trudel's pass was intercepted by Cody McDonald (Lincoln, Maine) in the end zone for a touchback.
McDonald came up with his second interception on the second play of the first overtime after the Mariners won the toss and elected to play defense. Maine Maritime's drive stalled at the 18-yard line, and Victor Andrade forced Fahey to fumble to start the second extra session. The Buccaneer quarterback John Trudel rushed two-yards to give the Buccaneers the victory.
DiBiase totaled 126 yards on 14 carries, and two touchdowns for the Mariners. While Jacob Doolan (amassed 117 yards on 11 carries and Fahey ran the ball 29 times for 91 yards, a touchdown, and added 22 passing yards. McDonald ended the afternoon with 10 tackles and two interceptions.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: The Mariners combined for 276 yards of total offense in a 30-0 loss to SUNY Maritime their season opener.
Michael Fahey led Maine Maritime offensively with 84 yards on three passes and 54 rushing yards. Joshua Doolan amassed 94 yards of total offense, on 42 rushing yards and a career-long 52-yard reception.
Defensively, Collin Joyce (Westbrook, Maine) recorded seven solo tackles to lead the Mariners, while Cody Chapman (Bangor, Maine) recorded a total of seven tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss and a sack. Michael Burgess (North Yarmouth, Maine) made four total tackles, including a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery in the red zone, late in the third quarter. Cody McDonald added three tackles, a broken up pass and an interception at the end of the first half.
Massachusetts Maritime's Last Game: Quarterback Brad Skeffington completed 19-of-29 passing attempts for 254 yards and a school-record five touchdowns in his first career start to lead the Buccaneers to a 48-13 victory over SUNY-Maritime on September 11. David Yerxa paced Massachusetts Maritime defensively with seven total tackles, while Ash Ergle and Marshall McCarthy each added six stops for the Buccaneers.
The Mariners: Senior Michael Fahey leads Maine Maritime in rushing with 54 yards, and he has completed 3-of-13 passing attempts for 84 yards. Junior Joshua Doolan has 52 receiving yards, while junior Cody Chapman and sophomore Collin Joyce pace the Mariners defensively with seven tackles each.
The Buccaneers: Senior Brad Skeffington leads Massachusetts Maritime in rushing with 77 yards and a touchdown, and he has completed 19-of-29 passing attempts for 254 yards and five scores. Junior Cody Stahmer has four receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns, while senior David Yerxa paces the Buccaneers defensively with seven total tackles, including five solo stops.
Maine Maritime Academy Head Coach Chris McKenney: Chris McKenney is in his 15th season as Head Football Coach at the Maine Maritime Academy. A 1984 graduate of Springfield, McKenney has guided the Mariners to an overall mark of 57-76 during his tenure that included three-straight NEFC Bogan Division crowns from 2008-10. McKenney is 7-7 during his career against Massachusetts Maritime.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Head Coach Jeremy Cameron: Jeremy Cameron is in his 11th season as Head Football Coach at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. A 1997 graduate of Springfield, Cameron has amassed an overall mark of 34-63 during his tenure. Cameron is 4-6 during his career against Maine Maritime.
WDEA AM 1370 Weekly Coach's Show Sponsored by Card Enterprises: Every Monday, Head Coach Chris McKenney will talk with WDEA AM's Chris Popper as part of the Weekly Maine Maritime Academy Football Coach's Show, sponsored by Card Enterprises. You can listen to the this week's interview HERE.
William J. Mottola Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015: On Friday, Maine Maritime Athletics will welcome Jim Brown, Class of 1983, Barry Clark, Class of 1959, Lindsay Smith, Class of 2000 and Don Thibodeau, Class of 2006 into the William J. Mottola Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jim Brown, Class of 1983: Jim Brown, a 1982 team captain and four-year starter at safety, was a three-time NEFC All-Conference selection, two-year AP All-New England Second team selection, ECAC Division III All-New England selection, Boston Herald All-New England selection and a recipient of the Boston Globe Golden Helmet Award.
Barry Clark, Class of 1959: Barry Clark, was a three-year starter for football and basketball. A two-way player in football, Clark was an outstanding defensive lineman who excelled in stopping the run and causing turnovers. In basketball, he set scoring records in the pre-winter cruise era and was an excellent jump shooter.
Lindsay Smith, Class of 2006: Lindsay Smith, the first recruited female athlete at Maine Maritime Academy, was on the first-ever women's varsity basketball team, and served as the first-ever female cadet Chief Engineer. A three-year team captain, Smith led the Mariners to three North Atlantic Conference championships.
Don Thibodeau, Class of 2000: Don Thibodeau, the 2001 NEFC Offensive Rookie of the Year and 2005 NEFC Offensive Player of the Year, grabbed two All-Conference nods, and received the 2005 Gridiron Club Joe Zabilski Award.
Black & White: Joseph Bollus (Referee), Gary Hobel (Umpire), Matthew Gaitane (Head Linesman), Dave Douglas (Line Judge), Willie Joy (Side Judge), Jim Walsh (Field Judge), Bradford Farrington (Back Judge), Edward Roos (Clock Operator), Alexander Barros (Play Clock Operator).
Mariners in the News: Last week, the Mariners were featured in an article in the Bangor Daily News. Click HERE to read the complete article.