June 18, 2018
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Bourassa performance leads MMA football past UMass Dartmouth

BDN staff reports

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Nic Bourassa’s 6-yard touchdown run with 4:53 left in the third quarter gave Maine Maritime Academy of Castine a hard-fought 21-13 New England Football Conference victory on Saturday afternoon.

Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (2-0) overcame three turnovers and scored late in the second quarter to answer 13 unanswered points by the Corsairs and regain the lead for good.

Sophomore fullback Ian Champeon of Dover-Foxcroft turned in his second straight 100-yard rushing effort, leading MMA with 18 carries for 119 yards. Bourassa, a junior from Jay, carried nine times and netted 100 yards and two TDs.

Senior quarterback Matthew Rende of Augusta finished with 79 yards and a score on 27 carries, while Bill Wetherbee of Veazie added five carries for 74 yards.

Quarterback Patrick Orlando completed 12 of 32 passes for 91 yards with a TD and an interception for 1-2 UMass Dartmouth. He also rushed for 64 yards.

Mike Janey netted 81 yards on 20 rushing attempts. Brendan McNeish had six catches for 49 yards.

The Mariners took a 7-0 lead 1:40 into the contest, going 53 yards in four plays, capped by Rende’s 7-yard run.

UMass Dartmouth answered with 5:59 left in the second quarter when Orlando’s 2-yard toss to Joe Luiz capped a 15-play, 74-yard march.

The Corsairs missed the extra point, but got the ball back when MMA fumbled on the next play. Four plays later, Orlando’s 1-yard scamper made it 13-7 UMD with 1:45 left in the half.

Bourassa gave the Mariners some life with a 38-yard kickoff return to the MMA 44. The Mariners got a first down, then Bourassa took a pitch from Rende off the left side and sped 46 yards for a score.

Michael Brennan’s PAT made it 14-13.

The Mariners added the clincher in the third quarter, putting together a 12-play, 97-yard drive that featured a 20-yard, third-down pass from Rende to Bourassa and a 22-yard run by Bourassa on the next play.

Bourassa later scored from 6 yards out with 4:53 left in the quarter.

Joel Chadbourne racked up 11 tackles and Pat Richardson made 10 to head the MMA defense.

John Cordasco and Ross O’Toole (interception) made 15 and 14 tackles, respectively, for the Corsairs.

Springfield 63, Husson 19

At Springfield, Mass., the Pride amassed 460 rushing yards on their way to a lopsided victory over the Eagles.

Josh Carter carried 11 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while three other backs netted at least 55 yards as Springfield (2-0) chewed up yardage with its option offense.

The Pride scored 28 first-quarter points, including Carter’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Franco Bianchi, to take charge in the contest. Carter also passed for 76 yards and two scores.

Carter ran for touchdowns of 10 and 20 yards and also hooked up with Phil Baier on a 34-yard scoring throw.

Husson (0-2) managed only 243 total yards, but quarterback Kash Keezer completed 15 of 33 throws good for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted three times.

Keezer threw a 26-yard TD pass to Ben Foss in the second quarter and completed a 42-yard scoring pass to Audie Murphy in the third quarter. He also turned in a 14-yard TD run, also in the third quarter.

Stephan Dance piled up 12 tackles to pace the Eagles’ defense, while Ben Dalecki added eight tackles and Chris Dalecki seven.

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