September 8, 2012

Mariners Set for Season Opener

Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime (0-0) at Anna Maria (0-1)

Saturday, September 8, 2012 | AMCAT Field | Paxton, Mass. | Live Stats

Series History: Anna Maria and Maine Maritime will meet for the third time in a series that began in Paxton in 2010. The Mariners lead the series 2-0, having posted a 47-0 win in the first meeting, and a 42-13 win in Castine in 2011.

The Last Meeting: 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 (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine) rushed for 206 yards and a touchdown, while senior quarterback Matthew Rende (Augusta, Maine) chewed up 170 yards of field, including a 70-yard touchdown run to deliver Chris McKenney his 50th career victory.

Anna Maria Last Week: AMCATS' senior Santino Simone 126 yards of total offense, including 94 through the air, but it wasn't enough for the Anna Maria offense as the 'CATS were downed by host Worcester State University 56-10 in non-conference football action last Friday at Coughlin Field.

Maine Maritime Last Week: Maine Maritime was idle.

Season Openers: Maine Maritime is 37-28-1 in the season's first game since the Mariners began playing football in 1946. Since 2000, MMA has gone 7-5 in the season opener. Under Chris McKenny, the Mariners are 6-5 in the season opener. His MMA teams have won each of the last three, and six of the last seven season opening games. 

Mariners Captains: Senior linebacker, Joel Chadbourne, and senior defensive linemen Tyler Chamberlain, and Matt Hebert, were chosen by their peers to lead the squad in 2012.

Preseason Prognostication: Maine Maritime was picked to finish sixth in the Bogan Division in the NEFC Coaches' Poll. Framingham State and Bridgewater State tied for the top spot in the poll with 58 points each. Anna Maria was also picked to finish sixth in their conference the ECFC.

Highly Coordinated: Maine Maritime's defense enters the 2012 campaign under the direction of Ryan Paquette, who joined the staff as the Defensive Coordinator at the start of the summer. Paquette brings five years of experience as a defensive position coach to his new role as Maine Maritime's Defensive Coordinator.  He served as outside linebackers coach during his first two seasons at Salve Regina before switching to the defensive line in 2009. He coached the team's linebackers last year, producing All-American and Academic All-American linebacker, A.J. Albert. The Seahawks' defense was tied for fifth in the nation among schools at all three divisions in turnover margin (+1.82).

All-Conference Returners: The Mariners return three ALL-Bogan Division selections to the gridiron in 2012, all from the defensive side of the ball. Linebackers Joel Chadbourne and Brock Lawrence join defensive lineman John Regis to provide an All-Conference core for the unit.

Despite missing several games to injury, Chadbourne was named to the Second Team for the second time in as many years. He was third on the team in total tackles with 58 stops, including 39 solo tackles and five for losses. Chadbourne broke up three passes and intercepted another. He also had a sack and fumble recover on the season.

Lawrence is making his first all-division appearance after finishing the season second on the team in tackles with 60 stops (34 solo). He intercepted a pair of passes and recovered a fumble.

Regis is also making his first All-Bogan appearance. He led the team with 5.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for losses of 40 yards. Regis piled up 38 tackles, including 23 solos, broke up two passes and recovered a fumble.

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