Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Catholic University

Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Catholic University

Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (1-7, 1-5 NEWMAC) vs. The Catholic University of America (4-5, 2-4 NEWMAC), 12:00 pm, Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.

Series History: This is the first-ever meeting between Maine Maritime Academy and Catholic.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to No. 21 Springfield last Saturday afternoon, 62-0 in NEWMAC action on Ritchie Field.

Springfield's No. 1 nationally-ranked rushing attack led the Pride to the win, amassing 549 of the team's 585 yards of total offense.

The Pride scored on their first three drives to take a 41-0 advantage at the half.

The Mariners held Springfield to just one score in the third quarter, but fell in the conference matchup.

Jacob Doolan led the Mariners with 37 yards on eight carries, including a long-run of 21 yards. 

Jordan Wilcox led Springfield College with 213 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns, and Tyler Hyde contributed 118 yards on seven carries and a pair of scores.

Defensively, Cody O'Brien led the Mariners with 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops, and teammate Derek Breunig tallied eight tackles, including three solo stops. Trenton Bouchard brought down his fourth-career interception, late in the second quarter and also chipped in with six tackles. Kaleb Watkins added four tackles and a fumble recovery. 

Nick Giorgio led the Pride with eight tackles, including a tackle for a loss of one yard and a forced fumble, while Christian Zotti added seven tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, as well as a tackle for a loss of 13 yards.

Catholic's Last Game: The Catholic University of America football team fell to the United States Merchant Marine Academy last Saturday in New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action, 62-27.

Catholic took responded early with a touchdown to take a 7-6 lead, but USMMA answered with two touchdown runs to take control and outscored the Cards, 21-6, in the second half.

Freshman quarterback Brady Berger made his first career start and had an impressive showing as he completed 24-of-41 passes for 351 yards, four touchdowns and no turnovers.

Berger connected on throws to eight different receivers with a game-high six to senior Blake Gomez who went for 78 yards.

Gomez was one of four pass catchers with 70-or-more yards. Junior Andrew Lunarola led the way with 82 yards on four catches, while senior Greg Holodak was just behind with 80 yards on three grabs and saw two of them go for touchdowns.

Senior punter Andrew DiNardo was once again strong with six punts for an average of 47.5 yards and a long of 56. He also put three inside the 20-yard line.

Senior linebacker Nick Della Jacono had game highs with 16 tackles and 10 solo stops.

The Mariners: Corey Creeger leads Maine Maritime's offense with 704 passing yards on 34 completions and five touchdown passes. On the ground, Creeger also leads the Mariners with 653 rushing yards on 169 carries and eight touchdowns. Jordan Susi leads the Maine Maritime receivers with 286 yards on 13 catches and a touchdown and Mason Kaserman has 236 yards on six catches and three touchdowns. 

Defensively, John Bennett leads the Mariners with 67 tackle, three interceptions for 60 yards, three broken up passes, one sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss.

As a team, the Mariners average 287.9 yards per game, including 188.5 rushing yards per game. Maine Maritime averages 16.4 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 43.4 points per game.

Maine Maritime leads the NEWMAC and ranks second among NCAA DIII teams in fewest penalties per game (3.00), fewest penalty yards per game (22.38) and passing yards per completion (21.49).

The Cardinals: Alejandro Ros leads the Cardinals with 1,430 passing yards on 119 completions and 11 touchdowns, while Chance LeGrand leads Catholic with 366 yards on 91 carries and two touchdowns. Blake Gomez leads the team with 360 yards on 25 catches and five touchdowns.

Defensively, Luke Kern leads the Cardinals with 98 tackles, including 59 solo stops, three for a loss of five yards, five forced fumbles, three interceptions of 24 yards and four broken up passes.

As a team Catholic is averaging 304.3 yards per game, including 207.2 passing yards per game. The Cardinals average 18.1 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 31.1 points per game.

1,000 Yards Receiving: This season Jordan Susi surpassed 1,000 career-receiving yards. Susi becomes just the sixth Maine Maritime Academy football player to have over 1,000 receiving yards. 

3,000 Yards of Total Offense Watch: Corey Creeger currently has 2,997 yards of total offense. Only 11 players in Maine Maritime Academy football history have surpassed 3,000 yards of total offense.