Week Six Football Notes

Framingham State (4-2, 3-0 Bogan) at Maine Maritime Academy (4-1, 2-1 Bogan)

Saturday, October 15, 2011 | Ritchie Field | Castine, Maine | 1:00 p.m.


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Series History: Today's game marks the 34th meeting between Maine Maritime Academy and Framingham State. The Mariners have dominated the series, leading 26-7.  MMA has secured each of the last 10 meetings. The Rams last victory in the series came in the 2000 season finale, a 31-13 win.

The Last Meeting: Fullback Jim Bower rushed for 285 yards and three touchdowns as the Mariners defeated Framingham State 50-26 in New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division action at Maple Street Field. Bower moved into 2nd place on MMA's All-Time rushing list with 5,216 career yards, passing Kirk Matthieu who rushed for 5,107 yards. Bower had also moved into a tie for 14th place on the NCAA DIII All-Time career yards rushing list during the game. 

Maine Maritime Last Week: Senior quarterback Matthew Rende rushed for 151 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead Maine Maritime Academy to a 36-34 double overtime victory over Westfield State University in a NEFC Bogan Division game. The Mariners rallied from a 14-0 deficit to force OT.

Framingham State Last Week: Framingham State amassed 325 yards of total offense as they defeated Fitchburg State 41-7 in NEFC Bogan Division action at Maple Street Field. The Rams accumulated 325 yards of total offense to just 123 total yards for the Falcons. Framingham State committed five turnovers in the game, but their defense got five takeaways that led to three touchdown drives. Sophomore quarterback Dino Mancinelli returned from an injury and completed 11 of 17 pass attempts for 158 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw a pair of interceptions. 

On the Line: Maine Maritime and Framingham State enter today's game with 3-1 marks in Bogan play. Worcester State, who defeated MMA two weeks ago, is also 3-1.

Home Again: Maine Maritime returns to Ritchie Field for the first time since September 24th's Homecoming win over Fitchburg State.

Rende Recognized by NEFC and ECAC: Maine Maritime Academy quarterback, Matthew Rende was named the NEFC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Mariners 36-34, double-overtime victory at Westfield State. He was also named the ECAC North, Division III Offensive Player of the Week.

Rende rushed for 151 yards on 21 carries (7.2) and was responsible for three touchdowns in the win at Westfield State. His 74-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter forced overtime. He rushed for a touchdown and threw for another in the extra sessions.

The honor marks the second time in as many weeks the NEFC has recognized Rende. He was named to the Weekly Honor Roll after rushing for 151 yards in last weekend's loss at Worcester State. It is his first ECAC honor of the season. Last Saturday's 100-yard effort was Rende's third through five games this season and the 10th of his career.

Lawrence Listed:  Linebacker, Brock Lawrence was named to the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll after last week's double-overtime win at Westfield State. Lawrence recorded 10 tackles and an interception that ended a first half scoring threat. The pick was his second of the season and the sixth of his career.

Champeon Hits the Century Mark: Fullback, Ian Champeon, hit the century mark at Westfield State last week. The sophomore picked up 116 yards on 26 carries. It was the fourth time in five games this season that Champeon hit triple digits in rushing.

Hermes 10 Tackles: Alex Hermes joined Brock Lawrence in posting double-digits in the tackles column last week at Westfield State. Both Hermes and Lawrence had five solo stops and five assisted stops on the afternoon.

Closing the Gap: Maine Maritime Academy is the second most prolific rushing team in the nation behind Springfield College, but the Mariners are closing the gap. MMA has averaged 367 yards per game this season. Springfield, which had as many as 40-yards per game on the Mariners this season, now only averages 11.6 more yards per game.  

2,500-yard Plateau: Maine Maritime Academy's roster features a pair of seniors that have rushed for more than 2,500 yards in their respective careers. Nick Bourassa reached the 2,500-yard plateau in his career during the win at Mass.-Dartmouth. Matthew Rende joined him during the win at Westfield State.

Bourassa has rushed for 2,677 yards and 30 touchdowns on 266 career attempts (10.1 ypc). Rende has rushed for 2,571 yards and 35 touchdowns on 419 attempts (6.1 ypc).

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.

285 on the Books: The Homecoming win over Fitchburg State marked the 285th victory in Maine Maritime Academy's history.

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