Today's Game: Massachusetts Maritime (2-2 Bogan, 3-3 overall) at Maine Maritime (0-4, 0-6).
Series History: Today marks the fourth decade that Massachusetts Maritime and Maine Maritime have battled for the Admiral's Cup. The Bucs hold a 22-17 lead in the trophy game. Mass. Maritime won last season's contest, which snapped a seven game winning streak by the Mariners. The series started in 1946 has been played every since 1973. Including Admiral Cup games, the Bucs and Mariners have faced off 51 times with Mass. holding a 27-24 lead.
The Last Meeting: Massachusetts Maritime forced nine turnovers in notching a 34-6 New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division victory in the 39th Annual Admiral's Cup. Senior linebacker Walter Butler registered seven total tackles, including a pair of sacks, and returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown for the Buccaneers.
Mass. Maritime's Last Game: Junior Mike Stanton (Quincy, Mass.) and sophomore John Trudel (Niantic, Conn.) combined for 36 completions, 556 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns (six passing, two rushing) to lead Massachusetts Maritime to a 56-32 New England Football Conference Bogan Division victory over Fitchburg State Saturday afternoon at Clean Harbors Stadium.
Stanton threw for two scores and ran for another in the opening 10 minutes of action for the host Buccaneers (3-3, 2-2 NEFC Bogan), as connected on a 23-yard touchdown strike to sophomore E.J. Bennett (East Wareham, Mass.) on the opening drive of the contest before hitting fellow junior Keith Caruso (Hingham, Mass.) on a 41-yard hook-up midway through the opening stanza. Stanton's 27-yard scoring scamper with 5:10 to play in the first extended Massachusetts Maritime's advantage to 21-0, but the visiting Falcons (2-5, 1-3 NEFC Bogan) crept back to within nine at 21-12 midway through the second quarter, as a four-yard run by sophomore Ty Spencer (Foxboro, Mass.) and a six-yard scamper by sophomore Steph'fon Teague (Fitchburg, Mass.) closed Fitchburg State's gap. Trudel extended the hosts' advantage to 28-12 at the break, as his 12-yard touchdown run with 1:22 to play in the half capped a 10-play, 70-yard drive, but Fitchburg State responded on the opening possession after intermission when Spencer hauled in an eight-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Christian Lopez (Bronx, N.Y.) to close the Falcons' deficit back to 10 at 28-18.
Maine Maritime's Last Game: Framingham set four school records in a 56-0 win over Maine Maritime in a New England Football Conference Bogan Division game Saturday. The Rams improved to 4-0 in the Bogan Division, 6-1 overall while the Mariners dropped to 0-5, 0-6.
FSU set a new school record for points in a game with 56, surpassing the old record of 53 which was set a year ago and for largest margin of victory. The Rams also established a new single season shutout mark with three and a new mark for consecutive victories in a single season with six.