Mariners Defeat Bears, 34-16

Mariners Defeat Bears, 34-16

CASTINE, Maine -- 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 on 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.

R.J. Robiskie led the Bears with 10 tackles, while teammate Mark Wicke chipped in with eight stops. 

The Mariners improve to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the NEWMAC while Coast Guard drops to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in conference action. Maine Maritime travels to Norwich next Saturday, for a 1:30 pm NEWMAC matchup.