Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-4, 0-2 NEWMAC) vs. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC), 12:00 pm, Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine
Series History: The Engineers hold a 6-0 all-time record over the Mariners in a rivalry that dates back to 2008. The past five meetings have been conference matchups, as both teams joined the NEWMAC from the NEFC.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy football forced two early turnovers but fell to MIT last season, 51-6
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.
Goyal ended the afternoon with 235 passing yards on 17 completions and two touchdown throws and 76 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground to lead MIT's offense. Robertson led the running backs with 185 yards on 17 carries, and Aidan Van Duzer added 96 rushing yards and two touchdown carries.
Defensively, AJ Iversen led the Engineers with seven tackles and a forced fumble.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to WPI 30-7, last Saturday afternoon in NEWMAC action at Ritchie Field.
After a three-and-out on their opening drive, the Mariner defense came up big with an interception from Sam Billings (Rutland, Vt.) on WPI's first possession, but the offense came up empty.
WPI added their first touchdown of the game with 2:24 remaining following a 5-play, 63-yard drive. Quarterback Julian Nyland connected with Nic Rossi for a 16-yard touchdown reception and Spencer Herrington's extra point was good.
The Engineers doubled their lead on their next drive, on a 14-yard touchdown carry from Sean McAllen. Herrington added a pair of field goals in the second quarter and the guests took a 20-0 advantage into halftime.
WPI added another touchdown in the third quarter and John Bennett picked off Nyland on the next Engineer drive.
Sawyer ended the afternoon with 128 yards on 10 completions and a touchdown, while Casale pulled down six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively Terrell Thomas the Mariners with nine tackles, including seven solo stops and Rardy Rarn chipped in with nine tackles, five solo. Derek Breunig tallied seven tackles, including five solo stops, 3.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards and a sack.
Nick Ostrowski led the Engineers with eight tackles, including three solo stops and a tackle for a loss of a yard.
MIT's Last Game: Led by a 362-yard, four-touchdown effort from senior quarterback Udgam Goyal, the MIT football team secured a 31-24 home win over Merchant Marine last Saturday.
In a game that featured 24 points off of turnovers, the Mariners took advantage of an early MIT fumble for the game's first touchdown as Wiley Martin scored from two yards out with just 3:13 off the clock.
The Engineers got on the board with 4:46 left in the first on a 33-yard field goal from freshman Hayden Rome. That field position was set up by a 35-yard punt return by sophomore Keithen Shepard. MIT went in front for the first time in the final moments of the first as senior Eddy Garcia-Montes pulled down a great catch in the corner of the end zone from six yards out. Shepard kept that drive going with a 27-yard reception on third down and 14.
The lone scoring in the second quarter came from Merchant Marine as Gavin Gartner converted from 31 yards out to send the game into halftime tied at 10-10.
MIT was the beneficiary of an early USMMA third-quarter turnover as a bad pitch on a running play gave the Engineers the ball on the five-yard line. Goyal found fellow senior Eric Bradford for the four-yard touchdown and a 17-10 MIT lead.
With 5:44 on the clock in the third, Tyler Reihs scored off the left side on a four-yard rush to tie the game for the final time at 17-17.
The next two scoring plays came from 48 yards out as Shepard caught a ball across the middle and outran the defense for the 24-17. Freshman Jack Montinaro caught a 48-yard TD of his own straight up the middle with 7:05 remaining in the game for a 14-point cushion at 31-17.
The Mariners kept things interesting until the final play though as Krystian Abbott found Luke Jamison for a 17-yard TD with 1:27 left. That play capped a five-play, 80-yard drive that took just 39 seconds. Shepard recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt though and after USMMA got the ball back, a desperation pass as time expired was intercepted in the end zone.
Goyal was 25-for-43 with 362 yards and scoring plays of 48, 48, six and four yards. Shepard had a team-high 139 yards on six catches, while Garcia-Montes pulled down nine passes for 77 yards.
For the Mariners, Abbott completed 13 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown as Jamison finished with a game-high 156 receiving yards on seven receptions. USMMA finished the game with 134 rushing yards as a team while holding MIT to just 40 yards on the ground.
Shepard ended the game with 265 all-purpose yards as he added 62 kick return yards and 67 punt return yards.
Defensively, sophomore Tyler Ray led the Engineers with a game-high 11 tackles that included seven assisted stops. Overall, MIT had nine tackles for a loss of 26 yards and four turnovers (two fumble recoveries and two interceptions).
Noah Newburgh was the defensive leader for the Mariners as he finished with nine total tackles.
The Mariners: Maine Maritime averages 211 yards per game, including 187.3 passing yards per game. The squad averages nine points per game, while allowing opponents to score 30.8 points per game.
Quarterback Bailey Sawyer leads the Mariners with 676 passing yards on 46 completions and five touchdowns. Cooper Chiasson leads the team with 117 rushing yards on 49 carries and Dominic Casale leads the Mariners with 345 receiving yards on 22 catches and four touchdowns.
Defensively, Derek Breunig leads the team with 38 tackles, including 18 solo tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and one sack. Maxwell Horton also has 18 solo tackles, and 29 total tackles, with four of those tackles for a loss.
The Engineers: MIT averages 359.2 yards per game, including 225.4 passing yards per game. The squad averages 27 points per game, while allowing opponents to tally 17.2 points per game.
Quarterback Udgam Goyal leads the Engineers with 1,127 passing yards on 93 completions and 11 touchdowns. Miguel Wagner leads the running backs with 388 yards on 127 carries and three touchdowns and Keithen Shepard leads MIT with 380 receiving yards on 24 catches and three touchdowns.
Defensively, AJ Iversen leads the team with 29 total tackles, including 15 solo stops, five tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. Mitch Maisel has 28 tackles, including 17 solo tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception to go along with six broken up passes.
In the NEWMAC: Dominic Casale ranks second in the conference with 86.3 receiving yards per game and is tied for third with four touchdowns. Terrell Thomas leads the NEWMAC with 12.5 tackles per game, while teammate Derek Breunig ranks second with 9.5 tackles per game. Breunig also leads the NEWMAC in total tackles and tackles for a loss,
The Mariners lead the NEWMAC with fewest penalties per game, averaging just three penalties for 26 yards per game.
MIT's Udgam Goyal leads the league with 11 touchdowns, while ranking third in the league with 225.4 yards per game.