Mariners Drop Season Finale to Catholic

Mariners Drop Season Finale to Catholic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A fourth quarter touchdown lifted Catholic University over Maine Maritime Academy football 20-14 on Saturday afternoon in NEWMAC action at Cardinal Stadium.

With the loss the Mariners conclude their season at 0-9 overall and 0-7 in the conference, while the Cardinals finish their season at 1-9 on the season, and 1-6 in the NEWMAC.

Maine Maritime amassed 245 yards of total offense, including a season-high 135 rushing yards. 

The Mariners got on the board in the second quarter when Maxwell Horton (Eliot, Maine) tallied interceptions on back-to-back Cardinal drives to give the Mariners the ball on their own 36-yard line. Maine Maritime's offense responded with a five-play, 64-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 56-yard touchdown carry by Dominic Casale (Freeport, Maine).

Catholic took a 7-6 lead in the third quarter, as they orchestrated a five-play, 68-yard scoring drive that was highlighted by a 36-yard touchdown reception from Mark Cheffers and an extra point from Sean Gould.

The Cardinals forced the Mariners to punt on their next drive and put together another scoring drive, this time a nine-play, 47-yard drive resulting in a 17-yard touchdown grab from Johnny Hecht and another extra point from Gould. 

The Mariners answered back on their next drive, with quarterback Bailey Sawyer (Westbrook, Maine) connecting with John Friend (Islip, N.Y.) for 31 yards and Mason Kaserman (Portland, Maine) for 22 yards setting up a two-yard touchdown run by Cooper Chiasson (Carthage, Maine). Casale's two-point conversion run was good, tying the game at 14-14, entering the fourth quarter.

Catholic had a chance to take the lead early in the fourth but Gould's 27-yard field goal try was wide right. The hosts eventually took the lead with 1:11 remaining in the game, following a 13-yard touchdown carry by Chance LeGrand and the Mariners came up empty on their next drive.

Sawyer totaled 110 yards on 10 completions, while Casale accounted for 65 rushing yards on four carries and a touchdown, while also pulling down two catches for 15 yards.

Defensively, Horton led the Mariners with 14 tackles, including nine solo stops and a tackle for a loss of two yards, and two interceptions and Terrell Thomas (Auburn, Maine) chipped in with 11 tackles (four solo).

Catholic's quarterback Brady Berger tallied 198 yards on 29 completions and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 73 yards on nine carries.

Joe Nacci and Liam Dearing led the Cardinals with nine tackles each, while Nacci tallied a forced fumble and Dearing recorded two tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery.