Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 46th Annual Admiral's Cup, 1:30 p.m., Clean Harbors Stadium, Buzzards Bay, Mass.
Series History: Saturday's contest marks the 46th meeting in the modern era (post-1973) between Massachusetts Maritime and Maine Maritime, and the Buccaneers hold a 26-19 advantage over the Mariners in the all-time Admiral's Cup series. The two rivals first met as NCAA foes on October 27, 1973 (a 28-0 Maine Maritime triumph), and each team has registered seven game series win streaks over the last four-plus decades. Maine Maritime won seven straight in the series from 2004-10. The Buccaneers won seven straight in the series from 1982-88 and again from 1997-2003.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy's Corey Creeger amassed 369 yards of total offense, rushing for 209 yards and three touchdowns, and recording 160 passing yards, in a difficult 34-25 loss to Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the 45th Annual Admiral's Cup last season.
Maine Maritime's defense held the Buccaneers on their opening possession and capitalized on their opportunity quickly. The Mariners orchestrated a 5-play, 59-yard scoring drive, highlighted by a 44-yard rush by Creeger, to open up the possession and capped it off with a one-yard touchdown run by the senior quarterback to make it 6-0. TJ Morrill's (Durham, Maine) extra point attempt was good to make it 7-0.
The Buccaneers responded with a 34-yard field from George Lampros on their next drive, using nine-plays to march 52 yards down the field to make it 7-3.
The two teams exchanged scoreless possessions, before the Buccaneers answered late in the first quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Chris Haggerty to Paul Sances. Massachusetts Maritime took a 10-7 lead on a good extra point kick from Lampros.
Later in the second quarter, both teams gathered interceptions, with Maine Maritime's coming with just over five minutes remaining in the half on a pick by John Bennett (Chelsea, Maine). Bennett returned the interception for 45 yards to the Buccaneer's 9-yard line, setting up a quick three-play scoring drive. Creeger's second touchdown score of the afternoon gave the Mariners a 13-10 lead, after the extra attempt was blocked by Massachusetts Maritime.
Massachusetts Maritime's Haggerty found Richie Phillips for a 31-yard touchdown reception, with 1:54 to go in the first half, capping off a six-play 54 yard scoring drive. Lampros added another successful extra point attempt to make it 17-13 in favor of the visitors.
The Mariners were unable to enter Massachusetts Maritime territory on their next possession, giving the Buccaneers a final chance in the half with 35 seconds remaining. Matt Long found open field and broke out for a 21-yard rush to spark a six-play 49-yard scoring drive that resulted in a 39-yard field goal from Lampros, to send the Buccaneers into halftime with a 20-13 advantage.
On the first drive of the second half, Maine Maritime made it to the Massachusetts Maritime 15-yard line but could not find the end zone, turning it over on downs. The Buccaneers opened up their drive with a 21-yard rush from Phillips, sparking an 11-play 85 yard drive and his own 3-yard touchdown run to make it 27-13.
Maine Maritime put together their own 11-play scoring drive led by a 21-yard touchdown jaunt from Jacob Doolan but the Mariners' two-point conversion failed, and the Mariners found themselves down by eight (27-19).
The Mariners held the Buccaneers to a three-and-out on their opening possession of the fourth quarter and responded with a 10-play 79-yard scoring drive capped off by Creeger's third touchdown of the game.
Unfortunately for the Mariners, Haggerty found Ryan Taft for a 46-yard reception on their next drive, sparking a four-yard touchdown pass from Haggerty to Derek Stegman and an extra point from Lampros to give Massachusetts Maritime a 34-25 lead.
Creeger found Doolan once again for a big play, this time a 43-yard catch putting the Mariners on the Buccaneer-32, but the Mariners turned the ball over on downs. Massachusetts Maritime took over with 2:57 remaining and used as much clock as possible in five-plays, giving the Mariners one last chance, but the Buccaneers held off the Mariners in the final seconds.
Creeger led the Mariners with 369 yards and three touchdowns, while James Ferrar added 88 rushing yards, and Jordan Susi contributed a team-high 88 receiving yards, including a long-catch of 38 yards. Captain Cody O'Brien led Maine Maritime's defense with 10 tackles.
Phillips led the Buccaneers with 146 rushing yards on 25 carriers, and a touchdown, while Taft led the receivers with 51 yards. Quarterback Haggerty accounted for 226 yards and three touchdowns. Sean Smialek led Massachusetts Maritime's defense with 12 tackles, including six solo stops and Hunter Leveille added 11 tackles (9 solo) and an interception.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy fell to SUNY Maritime, 36-8, on September 1, in non-conference action on Ritchie Field.
The Mariners amassed 296 yards of total offense, led by sophomore quarterback, Bailey Sawyer (Westbrook, Maine) who threw for 184 yards, including a long toss of 69 yards and a touchdown.
Maine Maritime falls to 0-1 overall, while the Privateers improve to 1-0. The Mariners will enter a bye week before traveling to Massachusetts Maritime on Saturday, September 15 to compete for the 46th Admiral's Cup.
SUNY Maritime held the Mariners on the opening possession of the game, and put together an 11-play 43-yard drive that resulted in a field goal to take a 3-0 lead at 8:11 in the first quarter. The Privateers capitalized on a Mariner fumble to take a 9-0 lead.
The Privateers entered halftime with a 22-0 advantage and both teams struggled to find the end zone in the third quarter.
SUNY added to their lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Mariners orchestrated a two-play drive that spanned 81 yards, highlighted by 69-yard touchdown toss from Sawyer to Cole McDaniel (Eliot, Maine). Sawyer connected with McDaniel once again on the two-point conversion to make it 29-8. The Privateers answered back on their next possession and hung on for the victory.
In his collegiate debut, Maxwell Horton (Eliot, Maine) set a new Maine Maritime record for longest punt, when he booted the ball 81 yards in the third quarter and led the team with 11 tackles, including seven solo stops, and a tackle for a loss of three years. Senior Derek Breunig (Westbrook, Maine) totaled 10 tackles, three solo and one broken up pass.
Liam Bailey led the Privateers' defense with 11 tackles, while teammate Payton Campbell added eight tackles.
Thomas Wright led SUNY's offensive attack with 264 passing yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Drumgole totaled 89 yards on eight catches and a touchdown, and teammate William Patsakos scored two rushing touchdowns.
Massachusetts Maritime's Last Game: Massachusetts Maritime fell to SUNY Maritime 51-21 in the 11th Annual Chowder Bowl on September 7.
A first half that opened with a quick strike touchdown off a 1-yard run by Matt Long, set up by a 67-yard pass reception by Paul Sances from Buccaneer QB Ty Ebdon, stalled as the Privateers answered with 27 straight points for a 20-point lead at the half.
Ten penalties for 105-yards and three turnovers, two fumbles and an interception, by the Buccaneers helped an aggressive New York offense led by Wright, who matched his opening day output with three passing touchdowns in the first quarter Friday night.
Forced to punt on the opening possession of the second half, the Buccaneers could not hold off the rush of the Privateers special teams as senior Karl Riek blocked the kick giving the Privateers the ball on the Massachusetts Maritime 23-yard line. Three plays later Wright hit senior Christian Castle from four-yards out and senior Ian Ziemski added the PAT for a 34-7 lead.
Massachusetts Maritime junior QB Matt Smith took over calling the snaps from Ebdon four minutes into the third and behind an 18-yard run by junior Ben Sheehan got the Buccaneer offense rolling. Penalties once again slowed Mass., but a Smith pass to Sances, that put Sances over 100-yards for the night (six catches for 141-yards), put the Bucs inside the 20 for the second time. Smith then found Will Bennett on the left side and Bennett made a nice diving catch for the second Buccaneer touchdown. George Lampros added the PAT making the score 34-14.
After giving up another touchdown to the Privateers with just over five minutes left in the third quarter, the Bucs put together their third scoring drive of the night, this one 11-plays covering 54-yards, as Smith hooked up with Sances to bring the ball down to the three-yard line from where Sheehan punched it in. The Lampros PAT with four seconds left in the quarter made the score 41-21.
A New York touchdown early in the final quarter and a 28-yard field goal by Ziemski made for the 51-21 final. New York Maritime, after falling behind 7-0 in the opening quarter scored on their final nine possessions.
The Buccaneers made a nice run in the game's final seconds as freshman quarterback Curtis Cann moved the team into the redzone backed by a 34 yard diving catch by junior wide receiver Jesse Hanscom before time ran out on the Bucs.
Penalties in their first game of the 2018 season hurt the Buccaneers as they were penalized 15 times for 170 yards, while the Privateers took eight penalties for 55-yards. Mass. Maritime also turned the ball over three times.
Sheehan led the ground gainers for the Bucs carrying the ball 11 times for 59 yards and also returned four kicks for 68 yards. Defensively junior linebacker Sean Smialek finished with 11 solo tackles, an assist and a sack. Sophomore linebacker Jack Fontana finished with eight solo stops and a sack.
The Mariners: After one game the Mariners after 296 yards of offense, including 229 yards passing. Quarterback Bailey Sawyer leads the Mariners with nine completions for 184 yards and a touchdown, wide receiver Cole McDaniel leads the Mariners receivers with 110 yards on two catches and a touchdown. Cooper Chiasson leads the Mariners running game, with 55 yards on 14 carries.
Defensively Maxwell Horton leads the squad with 11 tackles, including seven solo stops and one tackle for a loss.
The Buccaneers: After one game the Buccaneers average 299 yards, including 203 passing yards. Quarterback Ty Ebdon leads the team with 111 passing yards on 10 completions, and a long throw of 67 yards. Pal Sances leads the squad with six catches for 141 yards and Benjamin Sheehan leads the rushing game with 59 yards on 11 carries.
Defensively, Sam Smialek leads the team with 12 tackles, including 11 solo stops, a sack and a three tackles for a loss of seven yards.
Maine Maritime Academy Head Coach Chris McKenney: Chris McKenney is in his 18th season as Head Football Coach at the Maine Maritime Academy. McKenney is 9-8 during his career against Massachusetts Maritime.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Head Coach Jeremy Cameron: Jeremy Cameron is in his 14th season as Head Football Coach at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Cameron is 5-8 during his career against Maine Maritime.
Booting His Way Into The Record Books: In the Mariners' season opener against SUNY Maritime, freshman Maxwell Horton broke a 38-year school record when he booted an 81-yard punt. Horton also led the Mariners in with 11 tackles in the opener, including seven solo stops.