Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (1-5, NEFC 0-4) vs. Curry College (3-4, NEFC 2-2), Ritchie Field, 12:00 p.m.
Series History: The Mariners hold a 21-19-1 all-time record against the Colonels, in a rivalry that dates all the way back to 1959. Curry has taken the last two matchups, and before that the Mariners had won two-straight.
Last Meeting: Last year, the Colonels and the Mariners battled in the final game of the regular season at Curry. The Colonels took a 28-23 victory at Walter M. Katz Field on November 11, 2014.
Jacob Doolan paced the Mariner offense with a game-high 131 rushing yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. Michael Fahey amassed 91 rushing yards on 16 carries, while fullback James Ferrar contributed 70 yards on the ground on 14 attempts, with one touchdown.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Mariners struck first just nine seconds into the second quarter, finishing off a nine-play, 47-yard drive with a two-yard run by Ferrar. Curry answered back and scored on a four-play, 56-yard drive, capped off with a five-yard pass from quarterback Mike O'Hearn to Dave DiGiorgi. The Colonels scored one more time in the first half, using a 17-play, 87-yard drive that was finished off with another passing touchdown from O'Hearn, this time to freshman Lucas Poteau. Curry entered the break with a 13-7 advantage.
Curry capitalized on their first possession of the third quarter, driving 56 yards on five plays to score on a 41-yard pitch and catch from O'Hearn to Cawlina. Four minutes later, Doolan capped off a 57-yard drive for Maine Maritime with a four-yard touchdown run, his eighth of the season, pulling the visitors to within 20-13.
Five minutes into the fourth quarter, the Mariners finished a quick 42-yard drive on four plays with a 27- yard pass fromquarterback Bradley Reed to receiver Jordan Susi. Reed also ran in from the two-yard line for a two-point conversion giving Maine Maritime a 21-20 lead with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
With eight minutes to go, the Colonels scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown when O'Hearn connected with Jake Cawlina from four yards out. O'Hearn found Anthony Nastasi in the end zone for a two-point conversion and a 28-21 lead.
Over the final four minutes of the game, both teams fumbled the ball away, with the Mariners taking over at their own 41 with 3:04 to play. The Mariners' drive came to a halt when Devin Williams picked off Reed at his own two-yard line. Curry ran out the clock, eventually taking a safety as time expired to secure the 28-23 victory.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy amassed 283 rushing yards, including a touchdown from both Michael Fahey and James Ferrar in a tough 37-14 New England Football Conference loss to Endicott last Saturday.
Ferrar led the Mariner offense with 144 yards on 25 carries, while Fahey tallied 72 rushing yards and 67 passing yards. Freshman Derek Breunig tallied 52 yards on two grabs, including a long reception of 44 yards.
Defensively, the Mariners were led by Jeddy Doyon who recorded 11 tackles (three solo) and a fumble recovery, and Alex Gamester's 10 tackles (six solo). Robert Bradley Jr. tallied two sacks, for 14 yards, five tackles and a forced fumble, while Christopher Ford added a sack and six tackles.
Curry College's Last Game: The Colonels picked up a 42-14 win over Coast Guard last week.
Curry was led by Riley Cote who finished with 24 completions on 35 attempts for 351 yards, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. Jordan Shairs led the running game as he recorded 136 yards on 23 attempts. Anthony Nastasi caught 10 total passes for 76 yards and two scores while Jake Cawlina racked up 156 yards on six catches and a touchdown. Nate Chartrand also collected 63 yards and a receiving touchdown.
Dylan Spence and Joe Zariello led the Colonels with seven tackles apiece, while Zariello also recorded two sacks and three tackles for losses totaling 10 yards. Curtis Davila recorded six total tackles, with two for losses of 17 yards. Devin Williams also chipped in with four tackles, including one for a loss of six yards.
The Mariners: Michael Fahey leads the Mariners with 506 passing yards on 27 completions, and four touchdowns. James Ferrar leads the rushing attack with 587 yards on 106 carries and two touchdowns, while Fahey has 568 yards on 139 carries and seven touchdowns. Derek Breunig leads the Mariners with 209 receiving yards on nine receptions and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Jeddy Doyon leads Maine Maritime with 51 total tackles (22 solo), Cody Chapman has 43 tackles (22 solos), 4.5 tackles for a loss, and a sack. Collin Joyce leads the team with eight broken up passes, and Michael Burgess and Robert Bradley Jr. each have a two sacks.
Maine Maritime is averaging 430 total yards, 334.2 rushing yards and 95.8 passing yards per game. The Mariners average 22.7 points per game, while allowing opponents to score an average of 39.7 points per game.
The Colonels: Jordan Shairs leads Curry with 353 rushing yards on 77 carries, and Mike O'Hearn leads the team with 837 passing yards on 101 completions, and five touchdowns. Riley Cote has 566 yards on 51 completions and seven touchdowns. Anthony Nastasi has 500 receiving yards, on 66 catches and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Devin Williams leads the team with 58 total tackles (42 solo), 6.5 tackles for a loss, one save, one interception and a forced fumble. Luc Zikianda and Christian Vellante each have a pair of sacks, while Vellante also leads the team with a pair of picks.
Curry College is averaging 295 total yards, 215.6 passing yards and 79.4 rushing yards per game. The Colonels average 18.9 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 28 points per game.
NCAA Rankings: The Mariners rank 4th in the NCAA Division III with 334.2 rushing yards per game. Maine Maritime ranks 9th in the country among DIII schools in fewest penalty yards per game (35.83), 17th in fewest penalties per game, 18th in time of possession (33:38) and 39th in 3rd down conversion percentage (.450%).
Honor Roll: Following the game at Endicott, Robert Bradley Jr. was named to the New England Football Conference Defensive Honor Roll. Bradley Jr. recorded two sacks, including a forced a fumble on a sack late in the third quarter, and recorded a quarterback hurry, while adding five tackles.
Fullback James Ferrar was named to the NEFC Offensive Honor Roll. Ferrar led the Mariner offense with a game-high 144 rushing yards on 25 carries and a touchdown, including a long run of 39 yards.
500 Squared: With 67 passing yards in last week's game against Endicott, Michael Fahey becomes the first quarterback since Tyler Angell in 2009 to throw for over 500 yards in a single season. So far this season, Fahey has amassed 506 passing yards, and 568 yards rushing.
Career Highs: After scoring his first-career touchdown against Western New England, Kaleb Brown tallied, a career-high, seven carries against Endicott. Collin Joyce also recorded a career-long 52 yard kick return, and amassed a career-high 141 kick return yards. Robert Bradley Jr. recorded a career-high two sacks against Endicott, and Zachary Faskianos tallied a career-high five tackles against the Gulls.
Game Records: Last week against Endicott, Collin Joyce recorded a game-record four pass breakups, tying him with Neil Bolduc who accomplished the same feat, on October 1, 205 against Nichols College.
Black & White: Edward Roos (Referee), Dustin Cormier (Umpire), Matt Thibeault (Head Linesman), Alexander Barros (Line Judge), Jonathan Zenquis (Side Judge), Keith Flagg (Field Judge), Kurt Sinclair (Back Judge), John Souchack (Play Clock Operator).