CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy football fell to Catholic 33-14 on Saturday afternoon in NEWMAC action on Ritchie Field.
The Mariners combined for 359 yards of total offense, including 274 rushing yards.
Senior Corey Creeger (Biddeford, Maine) led the Mariners with 129 rushing yards on 25 carries and 85 passing yards and two touchdowns. Creeger becomes just the 12th player in Maine Maritime Academy football history to surpass 3,000 yards of total offense in his career.
Senior Jacob Doolan (Fairfield, Maine) ended the afternoon with 57 receiving yards and a touchdown and also added 39 yards on the ground to surpass 2,500 career-rushing yards. Doolan becomes just the 11th Maine Maritime Academy football player to reach that milestone, and joins senior teammate James Ferrar (Cumberland, Maine) who achieved that mark earlier this season.
Senior Jordan Susi (South Portland, Maine) added 21 receiving yards and a touchdown and ends his career with 1,034 receiving yards to become just the sixth player in Maine Maritime history to surpass 1,000 career-receiving yards.
Defensively, senior Andrew Cavanaugh (Wenham, Mass.) led the Mariners with 13 tackles, including eight solo stops and a broken up pass, and senior captain Cody O'Brien (Wells, Maine) ended the game with 11 tackles, including a tackle for a loss of a yard.
Maine Maritime jumped out to a 6-0 lead following a nine-play drive that was capped off by a 21-yard touchdown toss from Creeger to senior Susi.
The Mariners forced the Cardinals to punt on their first possession of the game, but the Mariners fumbled on their next drive to give the Cardinals the ball on their own 36-yard line. Catholic capitalized on the Mariners' mistake and put together a 10-play scoring drive capped off by a touchdown pass from Brady Berger to Colin McNulty. Pearce Bartlett added an extra point to give the guests a narrow 7-6 advantage.
The Mariners came up empty in the red zone on their next possession and the Cardinals responded with a 12-play 93-yard scoring drive highlighted by a pass from running back Chance LeGrand to McNulty to make it 14-6, following another Bartlett extra point.
Catholic added a touchdown late in the second half to take a 21-6 lead into halftime and opened up the second half with a 30 yard field goal from Bartlett to make it 24-6.
Maine Maritime turned the ball over on downs on their first possession of the second half and the Cardinals added another field goal, this time from 25 yards to take a 27-6 lead.
Freshman Mason Kaserman (Portland, Maine) returned the kickoff 25 yards to give the Mariners the ball at their own 36-yard line, setting up a 45-yard touchdown carry by Doolan. Creeger carried the ball in for the two-point conversion, cutting Catholic's lead to 27-14 with a little over a minute to play in the third quarter.
Maine Maritime's defense came up big on Catholic's next drive, but the Mariners could not get things going on the offensive side of the ball and turned it over on downs on the Catholic 35-yard line.
The Cardinals used 10 plays to score a touchdown, this time on an eight-yard pass from Berger to Greg Holodak to give Catholic a 33-14 lead, and the Cardinals came up with a timely interception to secure the victory.
Berger ended the afternoon with 279 passing yards on 22 completions and two touchdowns, while LeGrand added 65 rushing yards and 52 receiving yards.
Anthony Santo led the Cardinal defense with 11 tackles, including a half sack for two yards.
The Mariners conclude the season at 1-8 overall and 1-6 in NEWMAC play, while the Cardinals end the season at 5-5 overall and 3-2 in conference action.
Prior to the game, the Mariners honored their seniors: Dylan Bragg, Andrew Cavanaugh, Corey Creeger, Jacob Doolan, James Ferrar, Tyler Gagnon, Kyle Miller, Cody O'Brien, Mike Reynolds, Rupert Stalvey and Jordan Susi. Click HERE to view photos from Senior Day.