September 23, 2011

Homecoming Weekend Game Notes

Fitchburg State (1-2) at Maine Maritime Academy (2-0)
September 24, 2011 • Ritchie Field • Castine, Maine


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Series History: Today’s game marks the 21st meeting between Maine Maritime Academy and Fitchburg State University. The Mariners hold a 12-8 lead in the series. The teams first met on the gridiron in 1991 with MMA coming out on top, 21-6.

The Last Meeting: Quarterback Jeremy Kimber totaled 290 all-purpose yards to lead Fitchburg State to a 46-44 win over Maine Maritime. Kimber threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns on a 15-of-19 passing afternoon. He added 116 yards and two TDs over eight rushes.

Maine Maritime Last Week: A pair of Nick Bourassa touchdowns was the difference as Maine Maritime Academy knocked off Mass.-Dartmouth 21-13 at Cressy Field on Saturday. The Mariners' (2-0) captain rushed for 100 yards and the day's final two scores.

Fitchburg State Last Week: The Endicott football team amassed eight touchdowns, including special teams and defensive scores, to defeat Fitchburg State, 58-7 in New England Football Conference play. The Gulls totaled 519 yards of total offense, recovered a fumble for a touchdown, and returned a blocked kick to the end zone.  Three different receivers caught touchdown passes and two running backs found the end zone for the Blue and Green. 

Road Opener Streak: MMA won its first road game of the year for the sixth-straight season with the 21-13 victory at Mass.-Dartmouth.

Running Second: Maine Maritime enters the third game of the season ranked second in the nation in rushing years, breaking off 440.5 yards per game. Springfield is the national leader at 491.0 yards per game.

As a team, the Mariners rank in the top 20 in the nation in four additional categories. MMA has not allowed a sack this season, and is tied for tops in that category. The Mariners sport the nation’s 10th most efficient defense against the pass, limiting opponents to an efficiency rating of 75.26.

The 26.4 yards per kickoff return ranks 13th in Division III, while the 471.0 yards of offense per game ranks 20th.

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.

On the Sleeve: Maine Maritime Academy’s coaches are wearing patches on their sleeves in support of the American Football Coaches Association Coach to Cure M.D. week. Coach McKenny and his staff are among more than 500 universities joining forces to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. To donate $5 to Coach to Cure M.D., text the word CURE to 90999 or visit CoachToCureMD.org.

Bourassa Reigns as Player of the Week: Senior running back, Nick Bourassa was named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Player of the Week for his role in Maine Maritime Academy's 21-13 victory at Mass.-Dartmouth.

Bourassa rushed nine times for 100 yards and two touchdowns in Maine Maritime's win at Mass.-Dartmouth. His two touchdowns dug the Mariners (2-0) out of a 13-6 hole. It was the eighth 100-yard rushing day of Bourassa's career. He finished the game with 200 all-purpose yards, gaining 100 yards on three kickoff returns.

Also Honored: Junior linebacker, Joel Chadbourne was named to the NEFC Defensive Weekly Honor Roll. Chadbourne posted 11 tackles, including three solo stops and broke up a pass to spearhead a defense that limited the Corsairs to 250 yards of offense on the afternoon.

Gunning for 285: A win today would mark the 285th victory in Maine Maritime Academy’s history.

2,500-yard Plateau: With his seventh-career, 100-yard rushing game Bourassa reached the 2,500-yard plateau in his career. He enters today’s game with 2,530 net rushing yards in his career. He has reached that mark on just 238 carries, meaning he is solid for 10.6-yards per clip over his three-plus years at the Academy.

Matthew Rende is closing in on the 2,500-yard mark. He enters today’s contest with 2,213 career-rushing yards.  He needs 287 yards to join Bourassa on the north side of the 2,500-yard mark.

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