CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy football fell to Coast Guard Academy, 33-8 on Saturday afternoon in NEWMAC action at Ritchie Field.
With the loss the Mariners fall to 0-7 on the season and 0-4 in the conference, while the Bears improve to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC. Maine Maritime returns to action next Saturday, October 26 at Norwich University for a 12:00 pm NEWMAC matchup.
The Mariners combined for 283 yards of total offense, and were led by junior wide receiver Dominic Casale (Freeport, Maine) who tallied 10 catches for 143 yards and touchdown. The touchdown marks Casale's ninth receiving touchdown this season, moving him past John Guss for most receiving touchdowns in a season.
Freshman quarterback Andrew Haining (Palmyra, Maine) recorded 13 completions for 156 yards and the touchdown toss, while junior quarterback Nikolas Moquin (Goffstown, N.H.) had 13 completions for 118 yards.
Coast Guard's quarterback Ryan Jones had 353 yards on 26 completions and three touchdowns, wide receiver Justin Moffatt accounted for 256 of those yards with 13 catches and two touchdowns and running back Chris Gardner totaled 61 yards on 12 carries.
Eugene Bizer led the Bears defensively with 11 tackles, including six solo stops and a tackle for a loss of three yards.
After stalling on the first drive of the game, Maine Maritime held the Bears to just a field-goal on their first possession, but the Bears responded by forcing a Mariner three-and-out and added seven points to the board following a 56-yard touchdown toss from Jones to Moffatt and a good extra-point from Patrick Crowley.
Spencer Baron (Mariaville, Maine) kept the Bears' lead at 10-0 when he picked off Jones in the end zone to start the second half, but Coast Guard added nine unanswered-points to take a 19-0 lead into halftime.
The two teams exchanged unsuccessful drives to open the second half, until Coast Guard returned an interception 53-yards, setting up a seven-play, 47-yard drive that was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown catch by Cody Fidler from Jones.
Haining guided the Mariners 99-yards on 13 plays, connecting with Casale for a 30-yard touchdown pass to start the fourth quarter and found Casale once again for the two-point conversion to close the gap to 26-8.
Jones found Moffatt for a 58-yard touchdown pass just four plays later to secure the victory for Coast Guard.