Week 9 Notes

Week 9 Notes

Coast Guard Acadaemy (1-7, 1-5) At Maine Maritime Academy (4-4, 2-4)
November 5, 2011 • Ritchie Field • Castine, Maine

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Series History: Today's game marks the ninth meeting between Maine Maritime Academy and The United States Coast Guard Academy. The series is tied 4-4. Maine Maritime has won each of the past three meetings. Coast Guard's last win in the series came on October 27, 2007, a 38-34 victory in New London.

The Last Meeting: Maine Maritime rushed for 619 yards led by 218 yards and four touchdowns by Jim Bower. The victory secured a second-straight New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division championship for the Mariners.

Maine Maritime Last Week: Justin Fuller rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bridgewater State University to a 27-0 win over Maine Maritime Academy in New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division action on Saturday. The Bears defense limited the Mariners to 184 yards of offense in posting the first shutout of Maine Maritime since Coast Guard pulled the feat in a 3-0 win five years and one day ago.

Coast Guard Last Week: Melikke Van Alstyne carried 39 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns as the Framingham State clinched its first ever New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division title with a 14-7 win over Coast Guard on a bitter cold, windy and rainy day. The Rams finished the game with 214 yards of total offense, while the Bears finished with 210.

Honoring Our Seniors: Maine Maritime Academy will honor its eight seniors prior to today's contest. They are: Christopher Brawn, Michael Brennan, Nicholas Bourassa, Nathan Duford, Michael Gendron, Andrew McCann, Matthew Rende, and Ryan Williams.

Don't Hibernate on the Bears: Coast Guard has lost five games this season by a touchdown or less.

Somebody's Losing Streak Will End: Coast Guard enters today's game on the heels on five consecutive losses. Maine Maritime, plagued by injuries, has dropped three-straight games.

Highly Offensive: Coast Guard and Maine Maritime have combined for huge offensive numbers over the past two years. The 2009 meeting saw the teams combine for 1,230 yards of total offense. Last year, the teams combined for 1,217.

Record Books: The eight-game old series has produced three marks in the NCAA Division III record books. In the 2009 meeting between these teams, MMA put up the DIII record for rushing yards in a game at 730. In 2008, Wade Mondoux posted 26 tackles against Coast Guard, ranking seventh in NCAA DIII history for tackles in a game. His 19 solo tackles in that game ranks third in NCAA history.

Block That Kick: Maine Maritime Academy has blocked eight kicks through seven games in 2011, believed to be a new school record. Michael Burgess and Bill Wetherbee have each blocked four kicks.

First Down First Downs: Maine Maritime Academy has snapped the ball 214 times on first down this season. Of those plays, 47 have resulted in a new set of downs. Of the 47, 42 have been first downs on first and 10 situations. Even when the first down play isn't moving the chains, it is moving the down marker. MMA has had 53 second down plays requiring five or less yards to move the sticks, converting 30 of those opportunities for first downs, including a perfect 6-for-6 on second and one opportunities this season.

Starting Point: Maine Maritime Academy needs to move 6.2 yards further per possession than its opponents. The Mariners average starting field position in 2011 is 32.6 yards from their own end zone while the opposition starts on their own 38.8 yardline.

What has been particularly painful is the short field that MMA's opponents have enjoyed after turnovers. With 22 fumbles lost this season, the Mariners opponents have only needed to cover, on average, 46.5 yards for points. The eight interceptions thrown by MMA has given the opposition the ball on their own 49.9 yardline. MMA's opponents have scored on the possession following an MMA turnover 14 times this season. 

Tackling by the Numbers: Alex Hermes leads all MMA tacklers with 62 stops this season, while Joel Chadbourne and Brock Lawrence follow with 55 and 53 stops, respectively. No one has stopped more running plays than Chadbourne, who has ended 49 of the opponents' runs. Lawrence has stopped 45 rushing attempts. When the opponents take to the air, it's Hermes doing the duty with 34 tackles to end plays where a pass was completed. No one else on MMA has recorded 10 tackles on passing plays.

No one has neded more kickoff returns than Pat Richardson, who has stopped five. Jacob Albon and Kris Smith have each stopped four. Albon's two tackles ending punt returns leads the team.  

Wounded Warriors: Ten players that started in the season opener were not dressed for Maine Maritime in its loss to Framingham State. It was the Rams first win over MMA in 10 games.

Closing in on 3K: 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. The duo is closing in on the 3,000-yard mark.

Bourassa has rushed for 2,899 yards and 30 touchdowns on 303 career attempts (9.6 ypc). Rende has rushed for 2,625 yards and 36 touchdowns on 434 attempts (6.0 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.