Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (1-4, NEFC 0-3) at Curry College (2-3, NEFC 0-3), 1:00 p.m., Milton, Massachusetts, Walter M. Katz Field.
Series History: The Mariners hold a 22-19-1 all-time record against the Colonels, in a rivalry that dates all the way back to 1959. The Mariners won the last matchup, before that Curry had taken the last two meetings, and before that the Mariners had won two-straight.
Last Meeting: Michael Burgess set a new school record with three blocked kicks, including a block on what would have been the game-winning field goal for Curry College, to lead Maine Maritime Academy to a 21-20 win on October 31. 2015.
The Mariner offense amassed 428 yards of total offense, including 379 rushing yards and three touchdowns, led by James Ferrar who rushed for 156 yards on 20 carries.
Burgess recorded his first block on Curry's opening drive, as the two teams remained scoreless into the second quarter. The Colonels struck first, with a 5-play 60-yard drive capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Riley Cote to Nate Chartrand, and an extra point from Marc Mrozek.
Maine Maritime fumbled on their next possession, setting up a Curry 5-play 53-yard scoring drive, to give the Colonel's a 14-0 lead. The Mariner defense forced a fumble, recovered by Johnny Weymouth, to set up a Fahey 2-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 14-6, but Curry put together a 85-yard scoring drive to take a 20-6 lead. Burgess blocked Mrozek's extra point attempt, to send Curry into the half with the 14-point lead.
The Mariners scored late in the third quarter, on Ferrar's 46-yard touchdown run, to cut the deficit to 20-14. Maine Maritime's defense came up big forcing the Colonel's to punt on their next possession. Jacob Doolan grabbed a 6-yard touchdown run to give the Mariners the 21-20 lead, capping off a 7-play 77-yard drive with 3:04 remaining in the game.
Maine Maritime's defense came up big yet again, holding the Colonels on a third-and-goal setting up a 25-yard field goal attempt by Mrozek. Burgess recorded his single game-record third blocked kick, preserving the Mariner lead.
The Mariners defense held the Colonels on their next drive, and hung on for the win.
Cody Chapman led the Mariners with six tackles (two solo), and a broken up pass, while Cody McDonald, Weymouth, Jeddy Doyon and Burgess each recorded five tackles. Christopher Ford and Robert Bradley, Jr. each recorded a sack. Matt Clifford tallied a game-high four broken up passes.
Steve Grogan led the Colonels with 13 tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles, while Devin Williams recorded 12 tackles (nine solo) a tackle for a loss and a broken up pass.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy amassed 378 yards of total offense in a 35-14 loss to Endicott College last week.
Corey Creeger recorded 197 passing yards and a touchdown, and 98 yards on the ground with a touchdown to lead the Mariner offense. Cody Chapman tallied nine tackles, including seven solo stops, and two for a loss to lead the defense.
The Mariners found the end zone on their second possession following an interception from Joshua Crouse on Endicott's previous drive. Maine Maritime put together a 8-play 89-yard drive capped off by a 15-yard touchdown run from James Ferrar and an extra point from Cameron Crook to make it 7-0 with 4:24 to go in the first quarter.
The Gulls tied things up following a Mariner fumble that put them into Maine Maritime territory, setting up a 33-yard touchdown run by Lavante Wiggins with 48 seconds to go in the first quarter.
Endicott College added another touchdown late in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead on a 10-yard touchdown completion from Michael Scherer to Greg Ruff.
Looking to tie things up, the Mariners used nine plays to march to the Endicott-22, but Creeger's pass was picked off by Endicott's William Rivera as time expired in the opening half.
The Gulls scored on their first two drives of the second half. First, on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Joe Kalosky to Jake Pelletier, and again on a 27-yard toss from Kalosky to Conor Crotty, to take a 28-14 lead with 5:39 remaining in the third quarter.
Endicott scored again midway through the fourth quarter, on a 78-yard pass from Kalosky to Zach DeNike, to give the visitors a 35-7 lead.
Creeger connected with Joel Bennett on back-to-back passes of 21 yards and 18 yards respectively, to set up a two-yard touchdown rush from Creeger to close the gap to 35-14 with 3:02 to go. After a beautifully executed onside kick from Jacob Silva that was recovered by teammate Derek Breunig, the Mariners regained possession, but turned the ball over on downs and the Gulls hung on for the win.
Robert Bradley, Jr. tallied eight tackles, including five solo and a tackle for a loss, while Jaret Mundth recorded six tackles, including two for a loss of eight yards and John Bennett paired four tackles with an interception early in the second quarter.
Kalosky ended the afternoon going 8-for-11, totaling 203 yards and Scherer tallied 114 yards on eight completions. Wiggins led the Gulls with 65 rushing yards and Pelletier and DeNike each had 78 receiving yards and a touchdown. John Pendergast and Rivera led the Gull defense with 10 tackles each.
Curry College's Last Game: Curry College fell to Coast Guard Academy 56-54 last Saturday.
Curry's quarterback Alex Corves tallied an impressive 519 yards in the air, on 42 completions and seven touchdowns. Corvese led the Colonels with 35 rushing yards on nine carries. Jake Cawlina accounted for 210 receiving yards on 14 catches and four touchdowns.
Joe Patti and Steve Grogan led the Curry defense with eight tackles and an interception each.
The Mariners: Corey Creeger leads the Mariners with 139.8 passing yards per game, and six touchdown tosses, as well as eight rushing touchdowns. Jacob Doolan leads the Mariners with 89.4 rushing yards per game and Jordan Susi leads the Mariners with 79.8 receiving yards per game, and five touchdown receptions. Cody Chapman leads the Mariners with 9.8 tackles per game, and 1.5 sacks this season.
As a team, the Mariners are averaging 395.6 yards per game, including 245 rushing yards per game and 150.6 passing yards per game. Maine Maritime is scoring an average of 25.4 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 34.2 points per game. Against the Mariners, opponents are averaging 380.6 yards of total offense, including 258.6 passing yards per game and 122 rushing yards per game.
The Colonels: Alex Corvese leads the Colonels with 1,384 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Jake Cawlina has 29 catches for a team-leading 534 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns and Tyler Furey leads the team with 117 rushing yards on 32 carries. Steve Grogan leads Curry with 6.8 tackles per game and 4.5 tackles for loss.
As a team, the Colonels are averaging 393.2 yards per game, including 307.4 passing yards and 85.8 rushing yards per game. Curry College is averaging 33.2 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 37.8 points per game. Against the Colonels, opponents are averaging 413.2 yards of total offense, including 269.2 passing yards and 144 rushing yards per game.
NCAA Rankings: Corey Creeger leads the NCAA Division III in passing yards per completion (21.78) with 32 completions on 78 attempts, totaling 697 yards.
The Mariners currently rank 26th in the nation and second in the NEFC with 244.4 rushing yards per game.
Cody Chapman ranks fifth in the NCAA Division III, and first in the NEFC with forced fumbles per game (0.60) and seventh in the nation and first in the conference in tackles for a loss. Jordan Susi ranks fifth in the nation and first in the NEFC with 26.60 yards per reception and Jacob Doolan ranks sixth in the nation and second in the NEFC in rushing yards per carry (7.98).
Passing New Heights: Against Endicott, Corey Creeger tallied his fourth game with over 100 passing yards. Creeger currently has 699 passing yards this season, the last quarterback to throw for over 700 yards was Brand Hamilton in 2006 (738).
Single-Game Record: Against Endicott Corey Creeger tallied 59 offensive plays, breaking the previous Maine Maritime Academy single-game record of 54 held by Patrick Bard in 2004.
Conference Honors: Curry's Alex Corvese was named the NEFC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while teammates Marc Mrozek and D'Aundray Burcy and Maine Maritime's Corey Creeger and Joel Bennett were named in the NEFC Offensive Honor Roll.