Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Springfield College

Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Springfield College

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Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-8, 0-5 NEWMAC) vs. Springfield College (5-3, 4-1 NEWMAC), 12:00 pm, Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.

Series History: Saturday's game is just the third meeting between the two teams, Springfield holds the 2-0 all-time advantage after the previous two matchups.

Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to Springfield College 44-7 last season on November 3, 2018 in NEWMAC action at Stagg Field.

The Pride scored once in the first quarter and added 21 points in the second quarter to take a 28-0 lead into halftime, on their way to the victory.

The Mariners were led offensively by Cooper Chiasson (Carthage, Maine), who had 17 yards on nine carries, while Maine Maritime's lone touchdown came from Dominic Casale (Freeport, Maine), who finished with four catches for 42 yards and one score.

Defensively, the Mariners were led by Justin Pinard who finished with 11 tackles, while Maxwell Horton (Eliot, Maine) had 10 stops in the setback.

Springfield College's offense produced 387 yards of total offense, as it was led by 108 yards on 18 carries from junior Hunter Belzo, while Thomas collected 75 yards on 14 attempts with three scores. Mikey Dragone produced 80 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.

Defensively, Springfield College was led by the efforts of Tom Casey and AJ Smith, who notched seven tackles apiece, while Nick Giorgio had a team-best two sacks on the afternoon.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to Norwich University 51-10 on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Haynes Family Stadium.

Norwich scored 16-unanswered points before the Mariners got on the board with a 24-yard field goal from Maxwell Horton early in the second quarter. The Cadets scored 28-unanswered points to enter halftime with a 44-0 advantage and marched to the 51-10 win.

Junior quarterback Nikolas Moquin (Goffstown, N.H.) amassed 158 yards on 17 completions, while freshman wide receiver Reed Hopkins (Augusta, Maine) pulled down five catches for 79 yards and rushed for the Mariners' lone touchdown of the day.

Joel Bennett (Chelsea, Maine) and Spencer Baron (Mariaville, Maine) tallied nine tackles each to lead the Mariners' defense. Bennett recorded seven solo stops, while Baron had three solo stops, and Terrell Thomas (Auburn, Maine) had eight tackles, including four solo tackles and a sack for a loss of six yards.

Norwich's Matt Dunn threw for 376 yards on 19 completions and four touchdowns, Trevor Chase caught seven passes for 170 yard and a pair of touchdowns, while teammate Manni Romero hauled in eight catches for 120 yards and a score and Steve Cuqua led the Cadet running backs with 82 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.

Defensively, six Cadets racked up four tackles each, including Avantaye Salomon who had four tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 21 yards with two sacks and a forced fumble.

Springfield College's Last Game: The Springfield College football team scored a season-best 49 points as it cruised past Catholic, 49-21, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Stagg Field last Saturday.

For the game, Springfield erupted for a season-best 562 yards of offense as it ran 80 plays and averaged seven yards per play. Springfield's offense had 29 first downs in the game and featured 470 rushing yards as 11 different players carried the ball in the win. Tim Callahan (Enfield, Conn.) once again eclipsed the 100-yard mark as he totaled 122 yards on the ground, while fellow fullback Patrick Ladas (Middlefield, Conn.) registered 74 yards and two scores. Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) threw for 92 yards and a score and also ran for 66 and a touchdown. Defensively, David McMullen (Warwick, R.I.) made a team-best seven stops and forced a fumble to lead a Springfield squad that held the Cardinals to just 3-of-12 on third-down conversions.

Brady Berger threw for 256 yards on 21-of-34 attempts and two touchdowns, while Colin McNulty had four catches for 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Andrew Comeau rushed for 47 yards and threw a touchdown, while Jake Ballard was credited with 13 stops and Gabe Aparicio made 12 tackles. The visitors ended the game with 312 yards of offense and allowed Springfield to go a combined 12-for-20 on third and fourth down conversions.

Catholic would score the first touchdown of the game as the visitors took advantage of a Springfield fumble and started the drive on their own 44-yard line. 11 plays later, Comeau would take a direct snap and lob a pass over the line to Colin McNulty with 7:23 remaining in the first quarter.

Springfield would answer right back, going 82 yards in 12 plays over the next 5:10 to knot the game up at 7-7. The drive, which featured a combined 10 rushes from Callahan and Ladas, was finished off as Ladas plowed his way in from four yards out on fourth down at the 2:07 mark.

The Pride would add to its lead on another Ladas touchdown, this time from a yard out, with 9:26 left in the half. The drive would take 6:52 off the clock and feature 14 plays, including a span of six-straight carries by Callahan. It appeared as though Springfield would head into the half with a seven-point advantage, but the Pride's special teams unit again came up with a score, its fourth of the season, with just 11 seconds remaining. Shamar Martin delivered his second blocked punt of the season and Nick Kneski scooped up the loose ball and ran in from 22 yards out to make it a 21-7 contest.

After receiving the second-half kickoff, the Pride found the end zone just 1:35 into the third quarter as Nick Rajotte broke free down the right sideline for a 61-yard score to push the lead to 28-7. On the ensuing drive, Catholic benefitted from a pair of 25-plus yard completions before Brady found McNulty all alone in the back of the end zone for a one-yard touchdown at 9:16.

The teams would combine for 28 points in the final 15 minutes of play and Shade started things off with a beautifully-thrown ball to Andrew Smith for a 44-yard touchdown with 13:50 remaining in regulation. On their next drive, Springfield's offense stayed on the field thanks to a 33-yard reception by Smith on 3rd-and-8, which help set up a nine-yard scoring run by Shade at 7:56 to push the score to 42-14. The Cardinals then went three-and-out and the Pride tacked on its final touchdown of the afternoon when Skyler Bateman muscled his way in from a yard out on fourth down to help the lead balloon to 35 points. The visitors accounted for the game's final score when Xavier Ochoa slipped behind the Springfield defense for a 65-yard catch and run for a touchdown with 1:00 left in regulation.

The Mariners: Maine Maritime averages 254.3 yards, including 220.5 passing yards, per game, while averaging 13.9 points per game.

The Mariners are 31 percent (37-204) on third down conversions and 47 percent (8-17) on fourth down conversions.

Nikolas Moquin leads the Mariners offense with 158.5 passing yards per game, totaling 1,268 yards on 109 completions and 10 touchdowns. Dominic Casale leads the receivers with 80.5 receiving yards per game, totaling 644 receiving yards on 50 receptions and nine touchdowns.

Terrell Thomas leads the Mariners defensively with 67 tackles, including 43 solo tackles, and 4.5 tackles for a loss of 14 yards. Spencer Baron has 58 total tackles, including 30 solo stops, one tackle for a loss of three yards, a fumble recovery, an interception and a pair of broken up passes.

The Pride: Springfield averages 378.9 yards, including 337.1 rushing yards a game, while averaging 26.4 points per game.

The Pride average 35 percent (41-116) on third down conversions and 64 percent (16-25) on fourth down conversions.

Quarterback Chad Shade leads the Pride with 692 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground and 214 passing yards and three touchdowns in the air. Tim Callahan has 593 rushing yards on 102 carries and five touchdowns and Patrick Ladas has 434 rushing yards on 91 carries and two touchdowns.

Defensively AJ Smith leads the Pride with 62 total tackles, including 26 solo stops, and 7.5 tackles for a loss of 26 yards. Smith also had a pair of interceptions returned for 25 yards and three broken up passes. Jack Pavelchak has 42 tackles, including 25 solo stops, 1.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two broken up passes.

Playing Catch: Dominic Casale has 644 receiving yards this season, the most by a Maine Maritime wide receiver since John Guss, who had 819 in 1991.

Quarterback Nikolas Moquin has 1,268 passing yards, the most by a Maine Maritime Academy quarterback since David Robinson had 1,849 in 1991.