Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 47th Annual Admiral's Cup, 12:00 p.m., Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.
Series History: Saturday's contest marks the 47th meeting in the modern era (post-1973) between Massachusetts Maritime and Maine Maritime, and the Buccaneers hold a 27-19 advantage over the Mariners in the all-time Admiral's Cup series.
The two rivals first met as NCAA foes on October 27, 1973 (a 28-0 Maine Maritime triumph), and each team has registered seven game series win streaks over the last four-plus decades. Maine Maritime won seven straight in the series from 2004-10. The Buccaneers won seven straight in the series from 1982-88 and again from 1997-2003.
Overall the Buccaneers hold a 32-26 record, since first meeting in 1946.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to Massachusetts Maritime 22-7, last season on September 15, 2018 in the 46th Annual Admiral's Cup game at Clean Harbors Stadium.
The Mariners entered the fourth quarter down by just eight points, but Massachusetts Maritime capitalized on a Maine Maritime safety and orchestrated a late-game touchdown drive to maintain ownership of the Admiral's Cup for one more season.
Maine Maritime used a 48-yard reception by Dominic Casale (Freeport, Maine) from Bailey Sawyer to quickly work their way down the field on their opening possession, but a fumble on the next play stalled the Mariners' offense and the two teams exchanged three-and-outs over the next four drives.
The Buccaneers used a 9-play, 63-yard scoring drive to jump out to a 7-0 lead to start the second quarter, following a Matt Long six-yard touchdown carry and a good extra point by George Lampros, and added a 25-yard field goal from Lampros late in the half to take a 10-0 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Connor Finerty returned a Mariner punt 66 yards, setting up the hosts on the Maine Maritime 14 yard line, but the Mariner defense held the Buccaneers to just a field goal, to make it 13-0 with 6:31 to go in the third.
Maine Maritime took just 1:41 to march down the field and score a touchdown, fueled by a 44-yard catch by Joel Bennett (Chelsea, Maine). Sawyer connected with Casale for a 10-yard touchdown grab and Maxwell Horton (Eliot, Maine) added the extra point to make it 13-7.
The Maine Maritime defense forced a Buccaneer three-and-out on the next drive, but the Mariners' momentum fell short on their offensive drive and Mass. Maritime sacked Sawyer in the end zone for the safety to make it 15-7 with 14:04 to play in the game.
Lampros missed a 32-yard field goal on the next Bucs drive, giving the Mariners another chance with nine minutes remaining. Sawyer found Casale for 15 yards, but Connor Hollister picked off Sawyer on the next play and gave the Buccaneers the ball back in Mariner territory.
The Buccaneers put together a 5-play, 41-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 21-yard touchdown reception by Coleson Hammond to build to their lead and the Mariners could not battle back.
Sawyer finished the afternoon with 188 yards on 12 completions and a touchdown, while Casale accounted for 112 of those yards with seven catches and the touchdown.
Defensively, Derek Breunig led the Mariners with 14 tackles, including seven solo stops and three tackles for a loss of five yards and Justin Pinard tallied 11 tackles, seven solo, one for a loss of one yards and a broken up pass
Ty Ebdon conducted the Buccaneer offense with 163 yards on 14 completions and a touchdown, while Paul Sances totaled 96 receiving yards on eight catches and Long led the running attack with 63 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.
Colin McCabe led Mass. Maritime's defense with eight tackles, including four sacks for a total of 25 yards and Hunter Leveille tallied seven tackles (six solo), one tackle for a loss and an interception.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy fell to Plymouth State University, 48-6 last Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Currier Field.
Maine Maritime's Andrew Haining (Palmyra, Maine) amassed 132 yards on 11 completions and a touchdown, while Tyler Pelletier (Plymouth, Maine) pulled down two passes, for 56 yards and Dominic Casale recorded six catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Plymouth's Brett Lavanchy threw for 114 yards, on eight completions and a touchdown, while David Hamilton amassed 96 yards on 15 rushes and two touchdowns.
The Panthers scored on their first two drives and entered halftime with a 27-0 lead, en route to the victory. Maine Maritime scored late in the fourth, on a 7-play 86-yard drive capped off by a 19-yard touchdown toss from Haining to Casale.
Massachusetts Maritime's Last Game: Friday night, the Mass Maritime football team open their 2019 season against SUNY Maritime at home in the 12th Annual Chowder Bowl. A fast paced offensive attack and stout defense helped the Bucs to a 31-14 victory.
The Buccaneers totaled 312 offensive yards in the contest, 256 of which were tallied in one way or another by quarterback Matt Long. Long completed seven of his 11 pass attempts for 114 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He ran the ball 16 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns. The first touchdown her scored on the night was on the first play from scrimmage as he scrambled for 64 yards to pay dirt. He also caught a pass from Ty Ebdon for one yard. On the ground, sophomore running back Conner Reynolds ran the ball 18 times for 36 yards and a score. Though there were no passing touchdowns, the passing game was a factor for the Buccaneers. Senior receiver Will Bennett caught three Long passes for 75 yards, one of which went for 52 yards up the seam on a stellar pass and catch by the duo. Senior receiver Ryan McNally caught two passes for 25 yards and freshman Leo Allgaier caught one pass for six yards. Defensively, the Mass Maritime squad racked up seven sacks of Privateer Quarterbacks. Junior Colin McCabe led the way with 2.5 sacks. McCabe had 11 total tackles in the game, seven solo, four assists, with 3.5 tackles for loss. Junior Jack Fontana led all defenders with 16 total tackles, nine of which were solo efforts. Jack had 1.5 sacks and three tackles for loss with a pass break up. Linebacker Sean Smialek racked up nine tackles, six solo, with a sack. Cornerback Austin Stahmer intercepted two passes in the game to go along with four tackles and a half of a tackle for loss. On special teams, freshman Ja'iel Johnson returned two kickoffs for 72 yards in the game, including one for 51 yards. Kicker George Lampros converted all four extra point attempts in the game and made his lone field goal attempt of the night from 23 yards out. Lampros also punted the ball twice and pinned the Privateers inside their own 20 yard line on both occasions.
SUNY Maritime were led offensively by quarterback Robert Wheeler who accounted for both scores in the game. He went eight-for-15 passing for 77 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Wheeler ran the ball 30 times in the game for 108 yards and a score. In the passing game, Andrew Geni caught three passes for 29 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, three players Frank Vano, Liam Bailey and Salvatore Escaldi each had eight tackled in the game to lead the Privateers. Baily also accounted for one of three tackles for loss in the game. Kicker Joseph Gagliardi converted both of his extra point attempts and punted the ball six times for 259 yards and pinned the Bucs inside their own 20 on one occasion. In the return game, Christian Schiavone returned five kicks for 98 yards.
The Buccaneers received the opening kickoff of the game which was returned by J. Johnson to his own 36 yard line. On the first offensive play from scrimmage, Long carried the ball 64 yards to the house to put the Bucs up 6-0 just 15 seconds in to the game. Lampros connected on the extra point to give the Bucs a 7-0 advantage. The Mass Maritime defense forced a three-and-out on the Privateers first offensive drive, pushing the SUNY team back four yards in the process. The Bucs began their next drive at their own 48 yard line and in six plays they found the end zone again, this time on a long nine-yard dash. Five minutes in to the game, the hosts held a 14-0 lead. SUNY cut that lead in half on the ensuing drive going 76 yards in nine plays, capping it off with a Wheeler to Geni 15-yard touchdown and a Gagliardi extra point. The first quarter was the highest scoring period of the game and the Bucs hadn't finished yet. After being stopped on their next drive which went 59 yards in six plays, Lampros hit a 23-yard field goal to put the Bucs up 17-7 at the end of one quarter of play.
Each team had drives stall to begin the second quarter though they did take up 8:52 of the period in the process. SUNY Maritime got the ball back with just under eight minutes until the halftime break. The proceeded to drive 77 yards in eight plays and cut the Mass Maritime lead to three points on a Wheeler score from a yard out. The Buccaneers answered quickly as the Privateers were too close for comfort on a Reynolds score from six yards out to extend their lead back to 10 points, 24-14 with 2:28 remaining in the second. The Buc defense shut down the SUNY offense on the following drive forcing a punt. With 11 seconds left on the clock, Long took a knee to run out the first half clock. The Bucs led 24-14 after 30 minutes of play.
The Privateers received the opening second half kickoff and went three-and-out, gaining nine yards on the drive. Mass Maritime then had a three-and-out of their own at the hands of the SUNY defense. They lost two yards on the play which was their only negative yardage drive of the game. On the next Privateer play from scrimmage, the SUNY running back lost his grip on the ball, fumbling and allowing the Buccaneers Nick Khoury to pick up the loose ball at the SUNY 24 yard line. It took the Buccaneers nine plays, but on the ensuing drive they punched the ball in on fourth and one from a yard out on a run by Long. After a Lampros extra points, the Bucs led 31-14.
The remaining 22 minutes of the game was filled with a lot of back and forth by bother teams, including two Stahmer interceptions for the Buccaneer defense. Neither teams added any points in the remainder of the third quarter or the entirety of the fourth ending the game at 31-14 in favor of the Buccaneers.
The Mariners: After two games, the Mariners average 248 yards per game, including 194 passing yards and 13.5 points per game.
Defensively Terrell Thomas leads the Mariners with 23 tackles, including 18 solo tackles. Both Aidan Plumpton and Tanton Mattson have recorded sacks for five yards and 1.5 tackles for a loss of seven yards. Joel Bennett ranks second on the team with 15 tackles, while leading the team with two forced fumbles and an interception.
The Buccaneers: In their only game of the season, Mass. Maritime amassed 312 yards of total offense, including 197 rushing yards.
Quarterback Matt Long leads the Buccaneers with 114 yards on seven completions and 141 rushing yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns. Will Bennett has pulled down three catches for 76 yards.
Defensively Jack Fontana leads the team with 16 tackles, including nine solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 12 yards and 1.5 sacks for nine yards. Colin McCabe has 12 tackles, including eight solo stops, a team-leading 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss.