CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy set a national Division III rushing record for yards per game last season.
The Mariners picked up where they left off in Saturday’s season opener.
MMA diced up the Anna Maria defense for 510 rushing yards on its way to a 42-13 victory at Ritchie Field.
Sophomore halfback Ian Champeon of Dover-Foxcroft carried 17 times and netted 206 yards and a touchdown to lead the triple-option attack. Senior quarterback Matthew Rende of Augusta picked up 170 yards on 31 attempts and junior halfback Nic Bourassa of Jay added 93 yards and a TD on four tries.
Rende also completed three of four passes for 41 yards, among them a 9-yard scoring toss to Nate Duford.
The Mariners led only 20-13 at halftime, but scored twice in the third quarter en route to 23 unanswered points.
MMA was hampered by four lost fumbles and an interception, along with 11 penalties for 115 yards.
Anna Maria (0-2) also committed five turnovers.
Champeon had a 12-yard touchdown run, while Bill Wetherbee of Veazie (3 yards), Bourassa (46), Rende (70) and Tom Marcisso (1) turned in rushing touchdowns.
Michael Brennan converted four of five PAT kicks for the Mariners, who were paced defensively by Alex Hermes (10 tackles, 2 interceptions) and Matthew Ball (8 tackles).
Quarterback Santino Simone completed 17 of 37 passes for 184 yards and a score for the Amcats. Dom Concepcion made 11 catches for 86 yards and Robert Small ran for 98 yards on 16 carries.
Troy Barnes returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown, while Simone fired a 38-yard TD pass to David Marsh.
Jordan Koehler and Mike Joseph each had 13 tackles.