Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-0) at SUNY Maritime (0-0), 12:00 pm, Reinhart Turf Field, Throggs Neck, NY.
Series History: The Privateers hold a 4-0 all-time advantage over the Mariners, including a 2-0 record when hosting.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy fell to SUNY Maritime, 36-8, last season on September 1, 2018 in non-conference action at Ritchie Field.
The Mariners amassed 296 yards of total offense, led by sophomore quarterback, Bailey Sawyer who threw for 184 yards, including a long toss of 69 yards and a touchdown.
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. 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 10 tackles, including seven solo stops, and a tackle for a loss of three years. Senior Derek Breunig 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. Brandonn Drumgole totaled 89 yards on eight catches and a touchdown, and teammate William Patsakos scored two rushing touchdowns.
Season Openers: Since the Mariners started playing football in 1946, Maine Maritime is 39-33-1 in the season's first game. Since 2000, the Mariners have gone 9-10 in the season opener. Under Head Coach Chris McKenney, the Mariners are 8-9 in season openers.
The Story of the 2018 Mariners: The Mariners will look to bounce back from a 0-9 season in 2018.
The Mariners tallied 246 pass attempts in 2018, ranking fourth all-time in a single-season and held opponents to 10.8 yards per completion, ranking second all-time in a single-season.
The Story of the 2018 Privateers: The Privateers finished 7-4 last season, including a 5-1 record in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play, and faced off against NEWMAC's Springfield College in the New England Bowl. The Privateers fell to The Pride, 17-14
In 2018, the Maritime defense held opponents to an average of 22 points per game and 309.4 yards per game
The 2019 Mariners: For the first time since 2008 the Mariners will play 10 regular season games. The squad will look to the Leadership Council consisting of seniors Spencer Baron (Mariaville, Maine), Joel Bennett (Chelsea, Maine), Zackery Brannon (Buxton, Maine), Dillon Hummes (Auburn, Maine), Cory O'Connell (Winslow, Maine), Josh Reed (Scarborough, Maine), juniors Dominic Casale, Nikolas Moquin (Goffstown, N.H.) , and sophomore Josh Koellmer (Bedford, N.H.).
Chris McKenney will guide the Mariners in his 19th season as Head Coach.
Maine Maritime was picked to finish eighth among the NEWMAC's eight teams by the league's head coaches. The Mariners will open up NEWMAC play on September 28 at home against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
The 2019 Privateers: The Privateers will be led by captains Liam Bailey, Andrew Geni, and Justin Snuffer as captains for the upcoming 2019 season
Mickey Rehring will lead the Privateers in his first season as Head Coach.
SUNY Maritime was selected to finished atop the ECFC this season, with 35 total points and five first-place votes. Rounding out the poll was Dean College in second place, followed by Castleton University, Anna Maria, Gallaudet, and Alfred St, respectively. SUNY will open up ECFC play on Saturday, October 12 at Dean College.
Maritime lost multiple key players on the offensive end from the 2018 season, including quarterback Thomas Wright and wide receivers Brandonn Drumgole and Christian Castle. Wright was named the ECFC Offensive Player of the Year in 2018, while his two favorite targets in Drumgole and Castle accounted for over 1,600 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.
New Faces: The Mariners welcomed five new Assistant Coaches over the summer for the 2019 season. Rich Puccio joined the Mariners as the team's Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers Coach and Dan McKenna joins the team as Outside Linebackers Coach. Peyton Allen (Defensive Line), Ricky Crayton (Running Backs) and Trevor Willnow (Offensive Line) also join the Mariners' coaching staff. Third year Assistant Coach Ben Westfeldt returns to the defensive side of the ball, once again coaching the team's defensive backs.