Week Two Football Notes
Maine Maritime Academy (1-0) at Mass.-Dartmouth
September 17, 2011 • Cressy Field • Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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Series History: Mass.-Dartmouth and Maine
Maritime will square off on the gridiron for the 12th time. MMA
holds a 6-5 lead in the series. Last year’s meeting was the
first since a 21-0 loss in Chris McKenney’s first year at the
helm, 2001. MMA won four between 1992 and 1995 for the longest
winning streak in the series.
The Last Meeting: Then-junior quarterback Matthew Rende ran for 169 yards and scored three times while senior fullback Jim Bower rushed for 179 yards to propel Maine Maritime to a 42-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in a non-division, New England Football Conference (NEFC) contest. The Mariners, who had outscored their opponents 89-0 moved to 2-0.
Maine Maritime Last Week: Maine Maritime pounded out 510 rushing yards to hand a 42-13 setback to Anna Maria in the Mariners’ (1-0) season opener. Sophomore fullback, Ian Champeon rushed for 206 yards and a touchdown, while senior quarterback Matthew Rende chewed up 170 yards of field, including a 70-yard touchdown run.
Mass.-Dartmouth Last Week: Bridgewater State posted its first shutout since September 24, 2005 with a 27-0 win over Mass.-Dartmouth. It was the first road shutout for Bridgewater since a 54-0 victory at Framingham on September 25, 2004. Corsairs’ freshman running back Mike Janey gained 68 yards on 18 carriers. Defensively, UMD’s Kershaw made a game-high 10 tackles, five unassisted, with an interception.
Road-Opener Streak: MMA has won its first contest on the opposition’s field in each of the past five seasons.
Homeboys: Today’s game marks the third of three at home for the Corsairs to open the 2011 season.
50th Win: Chris McKenney picked up his 50th career win with the victory over Anna Maria. Already the most victorious coach in the Academy’s history, he is the first to that milestone.
Champeon and Hermes Recognized: Ian Champeon and Alex Hermes were named to the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Weekly Honor Roll for their parts in Maine Maritime Academy’s season opening win over Anna Maria College.
Champeon toted the pigskin 17 times, covering 206 yards and scored the season’s first touchdown in the 42-13 win. Hermes picked off two passes, broke up two additional passes, forced a fumble and recorded 10 tackles. Nine of his stops were solo efforts.
Mariners Second: MMA’s 510 rushing yards moved MMA to #2 in the NCAA rankings for rushing yards per game. Springfield holds the top spot at present with 522 yards per game. The Mariners rank fifth in the nation in total offense at 551 yards per game.
More on the Champeon Effort: When Ian Champeon piled up his 206 yards last week, he was not stopped for a loss in the duration. His longest run of the day was a 65-yard jaunt, but he was hauled down short of the goalline. Champeon ranks third in the NCAA in rushing yards per game (206).
Tied at the Top: Alex Hermes is tied for the NCAA lead in interceptions per game with 2.0.
Bourassa Breaks Big Ones: Nick Bourassa averaged 23.2 yards per carry in the win over Anna Maria. Among his four touches was a 46-yard touchdown run. He came up seven yards shy of being the third Mariner to reach the century mark last Saturday.
Brawn on Display: Chris Brawn had quite a day in the season opening win over Anna Maria. He had a pair of sacks among his six solo tackles. He forced two fumbles and scooped up another for a 19-yard return. He is tied for fifth in the NCAA in sacks per game (2.0) and 12th in tackles for loss (3.0).