GAME NOTES: Maine Maritime Academy at Salve Regina University

GAME NOTES: Maine Maritime Academy at Salve Regina University

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Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (2-5, NEFC 1-4) at Salve Regina University (6-1, NEFC 4-1), Gaudet Field, Gaudet Middle School, Middletown, R.I, 12:00 p.m.

Series History: The Seahawks hold an 8-0 all-time record over the Mariners, including a 4-0 record when hosting, in a rivalry that dates back to 1996.

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Last Meeting: The Seahawks edged the Mariners last season to pick up a 21-19 victory.

Michael Fahey (Union, Conn.) led the Mariners with 164 yards on 37 carries and two touchdowns, while James Ferrar (Cumberland, Maine) picked up 99 yards on 26 carries. Jeddy Doyon (Hampden, Maine) recorded six tackles, and picked up a fumble recovery in the loss for the Mariners.

Maine Maritime had converted a 4th-and-one play for a would-be go-ahead eight-yard TD run by freshman Jacob Doolan (Fairfield, Maine), but the Mariners were flagged for holding to move the ball back 10 yards to the Salve Regina 18. The Seahawks got a sack from senior defensive lineman Luke Gambale on 4th and 11 for the Mariners with 59 seconds left in the game.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Michael Burgess (North Yarmouth, Maine) set a new school record with three blocked kicks, including a block on what would have been the game-winning field goal for Curry College, to lead Maine Maritime Academy to a 21-20 win on Senior Day last Saturday at Ritchie Field.

The Mariner offense amassed 428 yards of total offense, including 379 rushing yards and three touchdowns, led by James Ferrar who rushed for 156 yards on 20 carries, and Joe DiBiase (Portland, Maine) who tallied 148 yards on 15 carries. Senior quarterback Michael Fahey and Jacob Doolan grabbed the other two touchdowns for Maine Maritime.

Burgess recorded his first block on Curry's opening drive, as the two teams remained scoreless into the second quarter. The Colonels struck first, with a 5-play 60-yard drive capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Riley Cote to Nate Chartrand, and an extra point from Marc Mrozek.

Maine Maritime fumbled on their next possession, setting up a Curry 5-play 53-yard scoring drive, to give the Colonel's a 14-0 lead. The Mariner defense forced a fumble, recovered by Johnny Weymouth (Windham, Maine), to set up a Fahey 2-yard touchdown run to close the game to 14-6, but Curry put together a 85-yard scoring drive to take a 20-6 lead. Burgess blocked Mrozek's extra point attempt, to send Curry into the half with the 14-point lead.

The Mariners scored late in the third quarter, on Ferrar's 46-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 20-14. Maine Maritime's defense came up big forcing the Colonel's to punt on their next possession. Doolan grabbed a 6-yard touchdown run to give the Mariners the 21-20 lead, capping off a 7-play 77-yard drive with 3:04 remaining in the game.

Maine Maritime's defense came up big yet again, holding the Colonel's on a third-and-goal setting up a 25-yard field goal attempt by Mrozek. Burgess recorded his single game-record third blocked kick, preserving the Mariner lead.

Salve Regina University's Last Game: Salve Regina picked up a 56-27, win over MIT in week nine. Junior Brandon Basil threw for five touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Seahawks to the victory.

Two quick scoring drives opened the game for both squads. After stopping MIT on the first possession of the contest, Salve Regina got on the board first when junior Sam Pascale eluded tacklers on an 18-yard scoring run that capped off a 64-yard drive that took just 2:29. MIT answered back on its next possession, going 53 yards in just 2:55, scoring when Goyal hit senior Nathan Varady from 12 yards out. Junior Cory Betz blocked the extra point, however, leaving the Seahawks with a one-point edge.

Basil, who completed 16-of-20 attempts for 248 yards, warmed up on Salve's next drive. He hit sophomore James Dawson for 31 yards on a third-and-16 play to keep the drive alive and then capped it off with his first TD pass of the day, finding junior Garrett Rupe from 20 yards out to make it 14-6.

Early in the second quarter Goyal was picked off by junior Joey Farrar and Salve Regina turned the miscue into points just three plays later when Basil connected with senior Mitch Graziano, who escaped a couple of tackle attempts on a 45-yard scoring play. A 45-yard return of the ensuing kickoff by freshman Miguel Wagner put MIT in business inside Salve territory and the Engineers delivered on their good field position. Goyal threw for 49 yards on the drive, including the last 21 to senior Karson Ota to pull MIT back to 21-13 with 7:53 left in the half.

Basil then broke the game open for Salve Regina, tossing scoring passes on each of the next three possessions by the Seahawks. He connected with Graziano again for a 10-yard score and then found senior Alex Hulme on a 16-yard play with 26 seconds left in the half. The Seahawks then recovered the an on-side kick and turned it into a 10-yard Basil to Hulme play with eight seconds left in the half that made it 42-13.

In the third quarter the Salve Regina defense held MIT to just 44 yards of offense and just 1:58 of possession time while the offense delivered two more scores to put the game out of reach for the Engineers. MIT did get a pair of fourth quarter TDs, as freshman Adis Ojeda picked up a three-yard scoring run and Goyal found Ota in the back of the end zone from 29 yards out to complete the scoring with 7:06 left in the game.

Salve Regina put up 510 yards of offense, allowing 303 to MIT. Pascale led the Seahawks ground game with 149 yards on 19 attempts while Graziano finished with seven catches for 125 yards and a pair of scores to lead the receivers. Goyal accounted for his 251 yards by completing 19 of his 30 attempts, hitting Ota six times for 115 yards. On defense sophomore Mitch Turley led MIT with eight tackles, while junior Ethan Gambale led Salve Regina with six stops.

The Mariners: Michael Fahey leads the Mariners with 555 passing yards on 29 completions, and four touchdowns. Derek Breunig (Westbrook, Maine) leads the team with 227 yards, on 10 catches and three touchdowns. James Ferrar leads the rushing attack with 743 total rushing yards on 126 carries and three touchdowns. Fahey leads the team with eight rushing touchdowns.

Defensively, Jeddy Doyon leads the team with 56 tackles (23 solo), including 2.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a broken up pass. Robert Bradley, Jr. (Slidell, La.) leads the team with three sacks totaling 19 yards, and two forced fumbles. Collin Joyce (Westbrook, Maine) leads the team with eight broken up passes, and Justin Lovely (West Gardiner, Maine) leads the team with a pair of interceptions.

The Mariners average 429.7 yards per game including 340.6 rushing yards per game and 89.1 passing yards per game and 22.4 points per game. Maine Maritime is allowing opponents to score an average of 36.9 points per game. The Mariners enter the game on a one-game win streak.

The Seahawks: Brandan Basil leads Salve's passing attack with 1,717 yards on 119 completions and 22 touchdowns. Alex Humle leads all receivers with 880 yards on 51 catches and 12 touchdowns, including a long-catch of 63 yards. Sam Pascale leads the rushing attack with 1,302 yards on 195 carries and nine touchdowns, including a long run of 66 yards.

Defensively, Danny Ives leads the team with 60 tackles (42 solo), 2.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a pair of pass breakups. Joe Cuccia leads the team with five sacks, while Joey Farrar leads the team with a pair of interceptions.

Salve Regina averages 499 yards per game, 252.9 rushing yards, 246.1 passing yards and 36.4 points per game. The Seahawks allow opponents to score an average of 18.6 points per game. They enter Saturday's game on a four-game win streak.

NCAA Rankings: The Mariners rank 3rd in the NCAA Division III with 340.6 rushing yards per game. Maine Maritime ranks 18th in time of possession (33:47) and 31st in 3rd down conversion percentage (.457%).

James Ferrar ranks 50h in the nation among D3 players with 106.1 rushing yards per game, while Michael Burgess ranks 2nd in Division III in blocked kicks (5).

Honor Roll: Following the victory over Curry, James Ferrar was named to the NEFC Offensive Honor Roll.

Conference Honors: Michael Burgess was named the NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week following his game-record three blocked kicks against Curry.

D3football.com Team of the Week: Michael Burgess was also named to the D3football.com Team of the Week at the special teams position.

Block Party: Michael Burgess, entered this season as the all-time leader in blocked kicks, with his five this season Burgess now has 17 career blocked kicks.

Career Game Highs: In Saturday's game against Curry, Jacob Doolan tallied a career-high 20 carries. The sophomore running back amassed 81 yards and a touchdown.

Defensive back Matt Clifford (Kittery, Maine) tallied a career-high four pass breakups.

Defensive lineman/punter Michael Burgess tallied career-high and program-record three blocked kicks, including one on a punt, a PAT and a field goal.

Defensive lineman Mitchell Tuttle (Portland, Maine) recorded his first-career sack against Curry, totaling five yards.