GAME NOTES: Salve Regina at Maine Maritime
Series History: Saturday is the seventh meeting between the Seahawks and Mariners. Salve Regina has won the previous six games against Maine Maritime.
Salve Regina's Last Game: The Salve Regina football team traveled to Central Connecticut State Saturday afternoon for a DI/DIII clash in New Britain, Conn. The Seahawks fell to the Blue Devils, 47-13.
Central led 35-0 at the half after scoring five touchdowns on only 25 offensive plays. Junior running back Rob Hollomon scored three of those touchdowns and rushed for 194 yards on just eight carries in the first half. He rushed once in the second half and finished the game with a career-high 212 rushing yards to go along with his three touchdowns. He rushed the ball just nine times.
Sophomore quarterback Nick SanGiacomo hit junior Tyrell Holmes for a pair of scores before halftime, pushing the lead to 35-0 before the break. The first strike came from 20-yards out. The second came from 43 yards with 1:55 to play before the break.
Salve Regina broke through on the scoreboard with its first drive of the second half. Sophomore Jackie Hurley took the opening kickoff 22 yards to set up a 71-yard, six-play drive that took 2:29 off the clock. After a first down from junior Steven Wilken got the ball to the Seahawks 41 yard line, senior Richie Edwards had his second longest rush of the season, 34 yards, to get the Seahawks to the Blue Devils 25-yard line. Wilken connected with junior Dan Buonocore from 20 yards out of the end zone to cut the Central lead to 35-7 with 12:00 left in the third quarter.
Maine Maritime's Last Game: Billy Wetherbee and Michael Fahey combined for 426 yards, and six touchdowns, to lead Maine Maritime to a 63-52 win over Nichols in a New England Football Conference game Saturday. The Mariners improved 1-3 NEFC, 1-5 overall, while the Bison dropped to 0-5, 1-6.
Wetherbee rushed for a career-high 247 yards on 20 carries and scored twice. The senior fullback surpassed Todd Murphy for 10th on the career rushing list. He now has 2,077 career rushing yards. Fahey added 178 yards on 21 carries and hit paydirt four times.
Nichols quarterback Quillian Respass accounted for the majority of the Bison's yards and all of their scores. The sophomore was 19 of 27 for 331 yards through the air with four touchdowns and carried 27 times for 205 yards and four scores.
Maine Maritime scored on its opening possession. Fahey capped a 9-play, 84-yard drive, with a 13-yard sprint. Wetherbee's two-point conversion run gave the Mariners an 8-0 lead.
The Bison answered on the enusing possession when Respass found the endzone on a 26-yard run. Grant Klimek's kick sailed left to keep the Mariners ahead 8-6.
Both teams traded a pair of scores to make it 24-19 MMA with 5:48 left before the break. Ryan O'Neal put Maine Maritime ahead 16-6 with an eight-yard run before Respass found Klimek on a 13-yard scoring strike. O'Neal found the endzone again on a 13-yard sprint to put the Mariners up 24-14, before Dylan Rimsky hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass from Respass to close the gap to 24-19 with 5:48 left before halftime.
Nichols forced a turnover on downs on Maine Maritime's next possession and marched 75 yards, in 1:16, and took its first lead when Respass found Chuck Wooding on a 10-yard scoring strike. The Bison converted the two-point play and took a 25-24 lead with 53 seconds left.
On second and one from the MMA 41, Wetherbee broke loose for a 53-yard run to the Nichols 6. Fahey took care of the rest with a six-yard scoring run to give the Mariners a 32-25 halftime lead.
Maine Maritime opened the second half with four unanswered scores to lead 63-25 with 13:08 left in the game. Wetherbee scored on runs of 67 and 25, while Fahey reached the endzone on runs of one and four.
NEFC Honors: Maine Maritime sophomore Michael Burgess was named NEFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording six tackles, including 2.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks, and added a pass breakup.
Wetherbee landed on the Honor Roll after rushing for a career-best 247 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns.
National Ranking: The Mariners are No. 1 in the country in rushing offense with 375.7 yards per game.
Wetherbee on the Move: After becoming the 10th player in school history to reach 2,000 yards rushing in a career (2,077), Wehterbee is 119 yards shy of surpassing Al Lay '75 for No. 9 on the all-time list. Lay finished with 2,195 yards from 1971-1974.