Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy vs. U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy vs. U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-6, 0-3 NEWMAC) vs. United States Coast Guard Academy (4-2, 1-2 NEWMAC), 12:00 pm, Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.

Series History: Coast Guard Academy holds a 10-6 all-time record over Maine Maritime and a 5-3 advantage when playing in Castine. The two teams first met in 1970. Last season, the Mariners fell to the Bears 15-0 in Connecticut.

Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to Coast Guard Academy 15-0 last season on October 13, at Cadet Memorial Field.

The Bears got on the board late in the first half on a safety and took a 2-0 lead into halftime. Coast Guard added two touchdowns in the second half to claim the 15-0 win.

Quarterback Zackery Brannon led Maine Maritime's offense with 92 rushing yards and 23 passing yards, while Derek Breunig led the team defensively with 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops, one tackle for a loss, and three broken up passes 

Chris Gardner led the Coast Guard offense with 78 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown, while teammate Justin Moffatt accounted for the other score and totaled 44 yards on two carries. Mark Wicke and Jake Behne led the Bears' defense with six tackles each and Michael Goldsworthy had three interceptions for 32 yards.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to MIT, 30-12 last Saturday afternoon in NEWMAC action at Steinbrenner Stadium.

The Mariners amassed 213 yards of total offense, including 178 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Nikolas Moquin.

Maine Maritime scored on their opening possession, putting together a nine-play 69-yard scoring drive capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Moquin to freshman Reed Hopkins for the score. The extra-point attempt was blocked.

The Mariners held MIT on their first drive of the game, but came up empty on their next offensive possession when Moquin's pass was intercepted by Ty Allen, setting up a touchdown for the Engineers to make it 7-6.

MIT added to their lead early in the second quarter, when they Chris Mauck connected with Mason DuMez for a 25-yard touchdown pass, capping off the five-play 68-yard drive and making it 14-6.

The Engineers scored again late in the first half, to make it 20-6. Trenton Bouchard recorded the sixth interception of his career with eight seconds remaining in the half to keep the deficit at 14 points entering halftime.

Bouchard picked off Mauck again early in the second half, to set give the Mariners excellent field position at the MIT-18, and Moquin found Dominic Casale for the a 10-yard touchdown reception, but Moquin's two-point conversion failed, making it 20-12. The Engineers answered back on their next drive with a 33-yard field goal from Mark Wright to take a 23-12 lead and added another touchdown late in the fourth quarter to secure the 30-12 victory.

Moquin finished the afternoon with 16 completions, for 178 yards and two touchdowns, Casale totaled 95 receiving yards on five catches and a touchdown, while Hopkins pulled down three catches, for 18 yards and his first career touchdown.

Defensively, Spencer Baron led the Mariners with 12 tackles, including six solo stops, Tanton Mattson added 11 tackles, four solo, and Cole Eddins recorded 10 tackles, five solo. Bouchard ended the afternoon with four tackles and two interceptions.

Mauck completed eight passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns, John Robertson had 263 yards on 34 carries and a touchdown, and DuMez pulled down two catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Sean Kent led the Engineers with 10 tackles, including six solo stops and a tackle for a loss of one yard.

Coast Guard Academy's Last Game: The Coast Guard defense held Springfield's potent triple-option attack to just one first down in the second half, but the Pride defense had a pair of interceptions in the final minutes as Springfield held off the Bears 20-14 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game last Saturday.

The Bears, who had not scored a point in the fourth quarter all season, got back in the game with its first points of the season in the fourth on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Jones to Damaso Jamie with 12:34 left cut the deficit to 20-14.

Both teams exchanged punts twice and Coast Guard took over at the Springfield 49 with 3:50 left. The Bears drove to the Pride-25 before freshman DJ Brown intercepted Jones at the 17 with 2:07 left.

The Coast Guard defense stepped it up as it had the entire second half and forced a punt taking over at their own 42 with 1:36 left with a chance to win the game

Sophomore CJ Lavery intercepted Jones at the Pride 32 with 1:24 to seal the win.

Springfield dominated the time of possession in the first half (22:11 to 7:49) and outgained the Bears 288-93 in the opening half. The Pride managed just 43 yards and one first down, on a 4th and one from its own 34 in the third quarter.

The Pride finished with 331 yards, 277 rushing and 54 passing while Coast Guard had 255 yards, 203 passing and 52 rushing.

Springfield scored on its opening possession, a 22-yard field goal by Christian Hutra with 10:48 left in the first quarter.

The Pride added to its lead on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Chris Shade to Ian Porter with 4:43 left in the first quarter making the score 10-0.

The Bears got on the board when Jones threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Justin Moffatt on 4th and three with 2:21 left in the first quarter to make the score 10-7.

The Pride marched 79 yard in 15 plays taking almost seven minutes off the clock and Hutra booted a 27-yard field goal to make the score 13-7 with 6:04 left in the half.

Springfield got the ball back following a punt and Shade's one-yard run capped a 12-play, 61-yard drive giving the Pride a 20-7 lead with just 32 seconds left in the half.

Each team had the ball twice in the third quarter and punted as the Bears totaled 88 yards and Springfield just 31.

Shade had 28 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown and was 2-of-5 for 54 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Jones was 19 of 34 for 204 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Jon Wagner led the Bears with 14 carries for 60 yards and Justin Moffatt had eight receptions for a season-high 120 yards and a touchdown.

AJ Smith led the Pride with nine tackles while Patrick Crowley and Eugene Bizer each had 11 tackles to lead Coast Guard.

Coast Guard played its sixth straight game decided by 10 points or less to open the season for the first in the 96 year history of the program. The 1975 team had its first five games decided by 10 points or less.

The Mariners: Maine Maritime averages 264.3 yards, including 222 passing yards, per game, while averaging 15.5 points per game.

The Mariners are 34 percent (29-86) on third down conversions and 50 percent (6-12) on fourth down conversions.

Nikolas Moquin leads the Mariners offense with 165.3 passing yards per game, totaling 992 yards on 79 completions and 10 touchdowns. Dominic Casale leads the receivers with 76.7 receiving yards per game, totaling 460 receiving yards on 34 receptions and eight touchdowns.

Terrell Thomas leads the Mariners defensively with 49 tackles, including 32 solo tackles, and 3.5 tackles for a loss of two yards. Spencer Baron has 41 total tackles, including 25 solo stops, one tackle for a loss of three yards, a fumble recovery and a pair of broken up passes.

The Bears: Coast Guard averages 269.5 yards, including 171.5 passing yards per game, while averaging 19.3 points per game.

The Bears are 33 percent (28-86) on third down conversions and 57 percent (4-7) on fourth down conversions.

Quarterback Ryan Jones averages 171.5 passing yards per game, totaling 1,029 yards all season on 99 completions and seven touchdowns, Justin Moffatt leads the receivers with 339 yards on 37 catches and two touchdowns, while Damaso Jaime has 310 yards on 17 catches and five touchdowns and Jon Wagner averages 56.5 rushing yards per game with 339 total yards on 67 rushes and four touchdowns. 

Eugene Bizer leads Coast Guard's defense with 65 total tackles, including 44 solo stops, seven tackles for a loss of 32 yards including one sack for 14 yards, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions returned for 31 yards. Philip Orlando has 43 total tackles, including 20 solo stops, eight tackles for a loss of 43 yards, including six sacks for 36 yards and two forced fumbles.

In the NEWMAC: Maine Maritime's Nikolas Moquin ranks second in the NEWMAC in passing touchdowns (10), Dominic Casale leads the NEWMAC with eight receiving touchdowns and 48 points.

The Mariners rank second in the conference in total passing yards (1,332) and passing yards per game (222.0).

Coast Guard's Eugene Bizer leads the NEWMAC with 10.8 tackles per game and R.J. Robiskie leads the conference with 7.5 sacks, while teammate Philip Orlando ranks second with six sacks. 

In the NCAA: Maine Maritime's Dominic Casale ranks 15th among NCAA DIII players in receiving touchdowns (8).