Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-9, 0-6 NEWMAC) vs. Catholic University (1-8, 1-5 NEWMAC), 12:00 pm, Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.
Series History: Saturday's game is just the third meeting between the two teams, Catholic holds the 2-0 series advantage in the two previous meetings.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to Catholic University, 20-14 last season on November 10, 2018 in NEWMAC action at Cardinal Stadium.
The two teams went back and forth with neither having more than an eight point lead all game. After a scoreless first quarter, the Mariners got on the board late in the second quarter to take a 6-0 lead into the half. Catholic would score two touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 14-6 lead. Maine Maritime responded with a score of their own and a two-point conversion to tie it up at 14-14.
Catholic scored a late touchdown to pick up the 20-14 win.
The Mariners were led by Bailey Sawyer on offense who completed 11 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown. Cooper Chiasson carried the ball 22 times for 45 yards and a touchdown, while Dominic Casale added four catches for 71 yards and a touchdown.
The Cardinals were led by Brady Berger on offense, completing 20 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns and adding 73 yards on nine carries. Mark Cheffers added 3 catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively the Cardinals were led by Nacci and Liam Dearing both picking up nine tackles each, while Dearing added a fumble recovery.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to Springfield College, 56-7 last Saturday afternoon in New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Ritchie Field.
The Pride scored 14 points in the first quarter and added 21 points to take a 35-0 lead into halftime and never looked back.
Cooper Chiasson recorded a career-long 50-yard rush for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to account for the Mariners' only score of the game.
Chiasson carried the ball nine times for 67 yards and the touchdown, while freshman quarterback Andrew Haining threw for 117 yards on nine completions and Mason Kaserman had a team-high 45 receiving yards on one catch.
Defensively Aren Dickman led the Mariners with 12 tackles, including nine solo stops. Spencer Baron and Terrell Thomas added 11 tackles each, while Thomas tallied a sack for a loss of 10 yards. Trenton Bouchard pulled down an interception for the Mariners in the first quarter.
Springfield's Isaiah Cashwell-Doe rushed for a game-high 95 yards on seven carries, while teammate Nick Rajotte had 48 yards on six carries and two touchdowns, and quarterback Chad Shade tallied 60 yards on two completions and a touchdown.
The Pride amassed 621 yards of total offense, including 561 yards on the ground.
Terrell Jacobs-Baston and Chaz Ruffin led the Pride with four tackles, Jacobs-Baston added 1.5 sacks for eight yards and Ruffin rallied two sacks for a loss of 25 yards.
Catholic University's Last Game: The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy football team scored on each of its possessions in the first half en route to a 47-10 home NEWMAC victory over Catholic last Saturday at Brooks Stadium.
The Mariners quickly built up a 13-0 lead on a rushing TD four plays into the opening drive by Early, followed by a three-and-out by the defense, and then a 24-yard haul by sophomore Brian McGovern from Abbott at 7:11 of the first quarter that capped of an 11-play, 87-yard drive.
Catholic got on the board with a 36-yard field goal by sophomore Fabrizio Reilly which made it 13-3 at 4:26. On the next possession, Merchant Marine marched 77 yards on 11 plays and junior Matt Restifo found the end zone on a nine-yard run as time expired and Gartner's second PAT of the day put the Mainers ahead, 20-3.
USMMA scored again quickly in the second quarter after the defense forced another three-and-out, as sophomore Alec Kiernan ran in the first of his two TDs on the day from three yards out. After the only turnover of the game – an interception by junior Noah Newburgh just two plays later – the Mariners added to the lead with a 33-yard field goal by Gartner.
The Cards then had arguably their best drive of the half – 10 plays and 52 yards – but a 40-yard field goal attempt by Reilly missed wide left. On the Mariners' final drive of the half, Gartner extended the Merchant Marine lead to 33-3 with another 33-yard field goal with just 27 seconds left and the Mariners took that lead into halftime.
The Mariners added two more touchdowns in the second half – Kiernan's second of the day on a two-yard rush on their first drive of the third and then on a 62-yard run by sophomore quarterback Ian Blankenship late in the fourth. Catholic's lone TD of the game came as time expired in the third quarter, a 76-yard pass by freshman Evan O'Donnell to sophomore Dan Marcello.
The Mariner defense held the Cardinals to 290 yards of total offense (292 passing and negative-two rushing). USMMA had a total of four sacks that dropped the Cards back a combined 36 yards. Sophomore Ethan Brady was in on 2.5 of those sacks. Dubreuil led the Mariners with seven tackles – one for a loss including a half-sack, while Carter and sophomore Joshua King both had six tackles apiece. Carter also broke up two passes and King had two tackles for losses and a forced fumble.
Offensively, Abbott finished the day with 223 passing yards on 10-of-13 passing with one TD, his long of 57 yards came on the second play from scrimmage to Vitelli, who ended up with four catches for 143 yards. Blankenship led the ground game with 95 yards on six carries, while Restifo was second with 64 yards on seven carries. Early added 45 yards, sophomore Matt Strong had 34 and Kiernan and sophomore Mark Thompson both finished with 28 yards each.
Gartner was 2-for-2 on FGs, both from 33 yards, and 5-for-6 on PATs, while sophomore punter Jack Ruark averaged 30.0 yards on three punts with a long of 37 yards. Strong handled the return duties today and averaged 17.3 yards on three kickoff returns.
For Catholic, O'Donnell finished with 292 passing yards on 18-of-37 passing with one TD and an interception. Junior Trey Carson caught five passes for a team-best 88 receiving yards, while Marcello was second on the squad with 76 yards on the TD catch in the third. Defensively, junior Jake Ballard led all players in the game with 11 tackles, including one sack and two other Cardinals had nine stops each, sophomores Matthew DiSanto and Dieter Kerat.
The Mariners: Maine Maritime averages 244 yards per game, including 209 passing yards per game, while averaging 13.1 points per game.
The Mariners average 30 percent (39-129) on third down conversions and 44 percent (8-18) on fourth 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 72.2 receiving yards per game, totaling 650 receiving yards on 52 receptions and nine touchdowns.
Terrell Thomas leads the Mariners defensively with 78 tackles, including 52 solo tackles, and 5.5 tackles for a loss of 24 yards.
Spencer Baron has 69 total tackles, including 36 solo stops, one tackle for a loss of three yards, a fumble recovery, an interception and a pair of broken up passes.
The Cardinals: Catholic averages 279.2 yards per game, including 195.4 yards passing, 83.8 yards rushing and 17.6 points per game.
The Cardinals average 28 percent (36-128) on third down conversions and 25 percent (4-16) on fourth down conversions.
Brady Berger leads the Cardinals offense with 161.4 passing yards per game, totaling 1,130 yards on 141 completions and 11 touchdowns.
Trey Carson leads the receivers with 56.3 receiving yards per game, totaling 507 receiving yards on 48 receptions and five touchdowns. Bryan Melara is averaging 63.3 yards per game, totaling 380 rushing yards on 84 carries and three touchdowns.
Jake Ballard anchors the Cardinals defense with 89 tackles on the season, including 43 solo tackles, and seven tackles for a loss of 28 yards and one fumble recovery.
Drew Thomas has added 62 tackles, including 19 solo tackles and one for a loss of six yards, and one interception. Andrew Funaki leads the defense with three interceptions for 21 yards and four pass breakups.