Series History: Saturday's games is the 36th meeting between Maine Maritime Academy and Framingham State. The Mariners hold a 28-8-1 series record. The Rams broke a 10-game MMA winning streak with their win last season. The team's first met in 1974 in Framingham.
The Last Meeting: Tailback Melikke Van Alstyne (Salem, Mass.) pounded out 251 yards and five touchdowns to lead Framingham State to a 42-14 New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division win at Maine Maritime Academy's Ritchie Field on Saturday. The win ended the Rams (5-2, 4-0 Bogan) ten-game drought against the Mariners (4-2, 2-2 Bogan), and leaves Framingham in the division's driver's seat with an unblemished record.
Framingham State's Last Game: The Rams defeated Fitchburg State University Falcons, 39-9 in New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division action at Elliot Field. Junior Melikke Van Alstyne (Salem, Mass.) put totaled 136 yards on 24 carries and two scores. Sophomore quarterback Matthew Silva (Dracut, Mass.) finished 16 of 23 for 185 yards and three TD passes, while Alexander Avery (Milford, Mass.) led the Rams receivers with seven catches for 112 yards and one touchdown.
Maine Maritime's Last Game: Westfield State scored on six of its seven first half possessions en route to a 63-13 win over Maine Maritime in New England Football Conference Bogan Division action at Ritchie Field.
Billy Wetherbee (Veazie, Maine) led the Mariners rushing attack with 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, while freshman signal caller, Michael Fahey (Union, Conn.), picked up 52 yards on 16 touches. Fahey shared time at quarterback with classmate,Michael Cummings (Bucksport, Maine). Cummings rushed for 50 yards and a score. The Mariners rushed for 234 yards in the game.
The Coaches: Tom Kelley returned to coaching in 2006. In 2008 Kelley guided the Rams to a 5-5 mark, which was the Rams best finish since the 1986 season. In 2010 Kelley guided the Rams to their first MASCAC Football Championship as the team established a new school record for victories. The Rams went 9-2 overall and were the winners of the ECAC Northeast Bowl in their first ECAC Bowl appearance.
Chris McKenney is in his 12th season at the helm in Castine. The most victorious coach in the Academy's history, McKenney picked up his 50th win in the 2011. Under McKenney's direction, the Mariners have med three postseason appearances, including the Academy's first-ever NCAA Championship appearance in the wake of the 2009 NEFC Championship. That season, McKenney was named the New England Football Writers Coach of the Year for Divisions II & III. In 2005, he was named the NEFC Coach of the Year. He had earned Bogan Division Coach of the Year honors in 2006 and 2008. McKenney enters today's game with a record of 53-57.