GAME NOTES: Maine Maritime Academy at SUNY Maritime

GAME NOTES: Maine Maritime Academy at SUNY Maritime

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Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-0) at SUNY Maritime (0-0), 12:00 pm, Reinhart Field, Throggs Neck, N.Y.

Series History: The Privateers hold the 2-0 all-time advantage over the Mariners.

Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy amassed 388 yards of total offense against the Privateers last season, led by 123 passing yards from quarterback Corey Creeger (Biddeford, Maine), in a heartbreaking 35-28 loss in overtime to SUNY Maritime on September 3, 2016 at Ritchie Field. 

The Mariners broke the scoreless contest on a four-yard run by Creeger capping off a nine-play 63-yard drive to make it 6-0 in favor of Maine Maritime, with 11:50 to go in the second quarter.

An interception by SUNY's Nick Conte, sparked a 17-play, 91-yard scoring drive, highlighted by a Brett McKinney two-yard rush and a good extra-point attempt by Matthew Murphy, to give the Privateers a 7-6 lead with 29 seconds remaining in the half.

The Privateers scored on the opening possession of the second half on a 23-yard pass from quarterback Thomas Wright to Andrew Short, following a seven-play 63-yard drive. Another Murphy extra point gave the visitors the 14-6 lead with 11:23 to go in the third quarter.

Maine Maritime answered back on their next possession, converting on a 4th and goal on a two-yard run from Creeger to make it 14-12. Creeger found Derek Breunig (Westbrook, Maine) in the end zone for a successful two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14 with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter.

Cody Chapman recovered a fumble for the Mariners on the next possession setting up a four-play 22-yard scoring drive on a James Ferrar (Cumberland, Maine) two-yard run. Cameron Crook converted on the extra point kick to give the Mariners 21-14 advantage.

The Mariner defense held the Privateers to a three-and-out on the next drive, sparking a 10-play 64-yard scoring drive, once again capped off by a two-yard run from Creeger and an extra point from Crook to give Maine Maritime Academy a 28-14 lead with 5:10 remaining in the game.

The Privateers responded with scoring drives on their next two possessions, on a seven-yard touchdown rush by Wright and a 28-yard pass from Wright to Short, to tie the game up at 28-28 with 38 seconds remaining in regulation 

With the final possession in regulation, the Mariner offense put together a six-play 55-yard charge down the field, but Creeger's pass was intercepted in the end zone as time expired. 

The Mariners won the coin toss in the overtime period and chose to defend. The Privateers used a 10-yard rush from McKinney and an eight-yard rush from Torelli to pick up two quick first downs. Torelli scored on a two-yard rush, and Murphy added an extra-point to make it 35-28. The Privateer defense came up strong in the final possession holding the Mariners scoreless and picking up the victory.

Ferrar led the Mariner rushing attack with 81 yards and a touchdown, while Creeger accounted for all three of the other touchdowns on the ground.

Chapman led the Mariner defense with 11 tackles (seven solo), two sacks and a forced fumble.

Eric Wallace led the way for the Privateer defense, with 16 tackles (four solo) and two tackles for a loss. Brian Price added 13 tackles (six solo), and both Kendal Parker and Nick Conte recorded 12 tackles.

Wright led the way for SUNY with 117 passing yards and two touchdowns by air and 59 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground. Short tallied two receiving touchdowns on 62 yards.

Season Openers: Since the Mariners started playing football in 1946, Maine Maritime is 38-32-1 in the season's first game. Since 2000, the Mariners have gone 8-9 in the season opener. Under Head Coach Chris McKenney, the Mariners are 7-8 in season openers.

SUNY Maritime: Located in Throggs Neck, New York, SUNY Maritime is a four-year college located at historic Fort Schuyler which offers a solid academic program coupled with a structured cadet life in the regiment for both men and women. Maritime College prepares students for careers through a content-centered curriculum and a hands-on, team building approach to learning. Maritime offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, 18 varsity athletic teams, summer training cruises to Europe, five ROTC options, and US Coast Guard license and intern programs. 

The Story of the 2016 Mariners: The Mariners are looking for bounce back from a 1-8 record last season. The Mariners claimed the 44th Admiral's Cup over Massachusetts Maritime, taking the cup two years in a row. The Mariners landed nine student-athletes on the NEFC All-Academic Team and five players earned All-Conference honors.

The Story of the 2016 Privateers: The Privateers went 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play. The squad placed two on the ECFC All-Academic Team and 12 players earned All-Conference honors.

The 2017 Mariners: The Mariners will be led by team captain Cody O'Brien (Wells, Maine). Chris McKenney will guide the Mariners in his 17th season as Head Coach. 

Maine Maritime was picked to finish eighth among the NEWMAC's eight teams by the league's head coaches.

The 2017 Privateers: The Privateers will be led by team captains; Thomas Korwan, Connor McDaniel, Craig Hinrichs, Kendal Parker, Jacob Shinnick Nick Conte. Clayton Kendrick-Holmes will guide the Privateers in his 13th season as Head Coach.

SUNY Maritime was picked to finish second among the ECFC's eight teams by the league's head coaches.

Can't Sack Us: The Mariners ranked fourth in 2016 among NCAA Division III teams in sacks allowed (0.44).

Long Ball: After last season, Jordan Susi ranks fourth among returning DIII football players in yards per catch (23.95). 

New Faces: The Mariners welcomed five new Assistant Coaches over the summer for the 2017 season. Brent Kasabian was named the team's Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach in July and Matt Reed was tabbed the Wide Receivers and Running Backs Coach as well as the team's Recruiting Coordinator. Both Kasabian and Reed are returning to the sidelines for their second stint with the Mariners. Kasabian serves an Assistant Coach at Maine Maritime in 2011, while Reed was an Assistant Coach during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Mariners also welcome Bobby Bozym as the Offensive Line Coach, John Mika as the Defensive Line Coach and Ben Westfeldt as the Secondary Coach.

We Are Mariners: The Mariners welcome members of the Maine Maritime Class of 2021. This season's freshman class spans six states, while the entire 2017 Maine Maritime Academy Football Roster includes players from nine states. 

A New Era: This season marks the first season of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) football. Maine Maritime joins the United States Coast Guard Academy, Catholic University, MIT, Springfield College, WPI, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and Norwich University as the eight competing teams in the NEWMAC. The Mariners will face familiar foes in MIT and Coast Guard, who join the NEWMAC from the New England Football