GAME NOTES: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Coast Guard Academy

GAME NOTES: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Coast Guard Academy


Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-5, 0-3 NEWMAC) vs. United States Coast Guard Academy (3-3, 1-2 NEWMAC), 12:00 pm, Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.

Series History: Coast Guard Academy holds a 9-5 all-time record over the Mariners, and a 4-2 advantage when playing in Castine. The two teams first met in 1970. 

Last Meeting: Corey Creeger threw 175 yards and three touchdowns and added another score on the ground to lead Maine Maritime Academy in a 36-30 loss to Coast Guard Academy last season on October 1, 2016. 

The Bears got on the board first on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Derek Victory to Cody Bain. The extra point was blocked but never crossed the line of scrimmage and Coast Guard's Mike McCaslin picked up the ball and walked into the end zone for the two-point conversion, giving the Bears the 8-0 lead with 5:10 left in the first quarter.

Maine Maritime ran 24 plays to Coast Guard's four, dominated total yards (74-37) and time of possession 13:24 to 1:36 in the opening quarter but trailed 8-0. 

The Mariners tied the game up less than a minute into the second quarter on one-yard run by Creeger, who also added the two-point conversion run making the score 8-8 with 14:08 left in the half.

Victory threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Darius Adams giving the Bears a 15-8 lead following Cole Austin's kick with 12:04 left. 

The Mariners punted on their next drive and the Bears marched 82 yards down the field, capped off by a one-yard run by Victory to give the hosts a 22-8 lead with 5:28 left in the half. 

Creeger completed a 72-yard touchdown pass to Derek Breunig, the longest of both of their careers, cutting the deficit to 22-16 after the two-point run failed.

Patrick Crowley gave the Bears momentum with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, giving Coast Guard a 29-16 lead at the half. 

The Mariners had 248 yards (138 passing) in the first half, while Coast Guard had 164 yards (147 passing). 

The Bears scored on their first possession of the second half when Camden Cecchini ran the ball in for a three-yard touchdown with 11:05 left giving Coast Guard their largest lead of the game, 36-16.

Maine Maritime answered as Creeger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Susi with 8:59 left in the third quarter and Jacob Doolan ran in the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 36-24. 

The Mariners pulled to within a touchdown less than one minute into the fourth quarter when Creeger tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Susi, but the two-point rush failed and Coast Guard hung on to a 36-30 lead with 14:16 left.

Both defenses took over for the rest of the game. Coast Guard punted on their next possession and the Mariners threatened by driving to the Coast Guard 28, but turned it over on downs when Crowley broke up a fourth down pass inside the 10-yard line with 7:20 left.

Coast Guard punted again, giving the Mariners one final chance to win the game starting at their own 40-yard line. Maine Maritime came up a yard short on 4th-and-10 with a nine yard completion, giving Coast Guard the ball back with 4:09 left on the Mariner-49 yard line. 

Coast Guard's Cody Bain had a catch in traffic and held on for a 15-yard gain on 3rd-and-nine, which allowed the Bears to run out the clock.

The Mariners finished with 436 total yards, 207 rushing and 229 passing while Coast Guard had 339 yards, 290 of those in the air.

Doolan led the Mariners with 16 carries for 118 yards while Creeger was 7-of-15 for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. Susi caught four passes totaling 136 yards and two touchdowns, while Breunig finished the afternoon with three receptions totaling 93 yards and a touchdown.

Adams led the Bears with eight receptions for 103 yards while Crowley had seven receptions for 54 yards and Bain added six catches for 92 yards in the win.

Cody O'Brien led the Mariner defense with eight tackles, including five solo stops and a broken up pass. Trenton J. Bouchard had six tackles and John Bennett also had five tackles and an interception returned for 41 yards. 

Robertson led Coast Guard's defense with 11 tackles, one for loss and a fumble recovery, while Jake Behne finished with nine tackles, one for loss.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy football forced two early turnovers but fell to MIT 51-6 last Saturday afternoon in NEWMAC action. 

The Mariners took the opening possession 56 yards, but could not convert on fourth down. Maine Maritime's defense came up big on the Engineers' first drive, when Alec Clark forced a fumble following a 27-yard rush by MIT's John Robertson and teammate Trenton Bouchard was there to pick the ball up for the Mariners on their own 23-yard line. 

Maine Maritime could not capitalize on MIT's turnover and punted from deep in their territory giving the Engineers the ball on the Mariner 38-yard line. MIT's quarterback Ugdam Goyal capped off a short drive with a 29-yard touchdown carry to give the Engineers a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. 

The Mariner defense came up big to start the second quarter, when James Tanguay, II picked off Goyal and returned the ball 58 yards to the MIT 25-yard line. The interception set up a Corey Creeger 19-yard touchdown carry but the Mariners' two-point conversion failed and the Engineers hung on to a narrow 7-6 lead.

MIT answered on their next drive, when Connor Hanlon pulled down a three-yard pass from Goyal to make it 14-6.

The Engineers held the Mariners scoreless while they added a touchdown and a 24-yard field goal to take a 24-6 lead into halftime. 

MIT scored on their first two possessions of the second half, en route to the 51-6 victory.

James Ferrar led the Mariners with 87 yards on 17 carries, while Dominic Casale tallied 22 receiving yards on two catches and Tanguay, II led the Mariners with 123 kickoff return yards on eight returns.

Defensively, John Bennett and Bouchard led the Mariners with 10 tackles each. Both Alec Clark and Cody O'Brien chipped in with eight tackles, and Derek Breunig added seven tackles, including one tackle for a loss of seven yards.

Coast Guard Academy's Last Game: The Bears enter Saturday's game after falling to Springfield College 38-7 last Saturday in NEWMAC play.

Coast Guard's Ryan Jones was 16 of 35 for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception in just his second career start.

Darius Adams led the Bears with four receptions for 74 yards and the only touchdown, an 18-yard reception in the third quarter. 

Springfield scored touchdowns on their first three drives taking a 21-0 lead after Jordan Wilcox scored on a 5-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. 

Jake Eglintine's 4-yard run with 11:51 left in the first quarter capped the Pride opening drive before Hunter Belzo's 1-yard run on the next possession pushed the lead to 14-0 with 4:55 left in the opening quarter. 

Chris Humulock added a 29-yard field goal with five seconds left in the first half to give Springfield a 24-0 lead. The Pride had 309 yards of total offense in the first half (282 rushing) while the Bears had 34 yards at halftime. 

The Bears drove down to the Pride 2 on their opening possession of the second half before sophomore linebacker intercepted Jones and returned it 53 yards.

Coast Guard got the only points in the third quarter when Jones threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Adams with 4:08 left. 

The Bears successfully recovered an onsides kick after the touchdown and drove to the Pride 23 before turning it over on downs.

Belzo scored on a 5-yard run with 13:31 left before junior fullback Josh Thomas bulled his way in from two yards out to close the scoring with 9:29 left in the game. 

Matt O'Donnell led the Bears with 12 tackles, 10 solo, while Patrick Crowley had nine tackles, eight solo. Andre Horner recovered a fumble for the Bears, the only Springfield turnover in the game.

The Mariners: Corey Creeger leads Maine Maritime's offense with 503 passing yards on 58 completions and two touchdown passes. On the ground, Creeger also leads the Mariners with 352 rushing yards on 106 carries and seven touchdowns. Jordan Susi leads the Maine Maritime receivers with 277 yards on 12 catches and a touchdown. 

Defensively, John Bennett leads the Mariners with 40 tackles, including 22 solo stops and two interceptions for 60 yards.

The Bears: Ethan Goldcamp leads the Bears with 956 passing yards on 88 completions and five touchdowns. Cody Bain leads the Coast Guard receivers with 237 yards on 23 catches and two touchdowns. Cam Cecchini leads the Bears with 252 rushing yards on 80 carries and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Patrick Crowley leads the team with 45 tackles, including 33 solo stops and one tackle for a loss. Crowley also has two interceptions and three broken up passes.