CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy exploded for 34 first-half points en route to a 40-7 win over Fitchburg State in the New England Football Conference Bogan Division opener Saturday.
The Mariners (3-0, 1-0) scored on each of their first five possessions, piling up 316 yards in the first half for the homecoming crowd. The early run on the scoreboard left the Falcons (1-3, 0-1) in a hole they could not escape.
Maine Maritime scored on its first two possessions in an unusual fashion. Quarterback Matthew Rende called his own number on third and goal from the three. Jonathon Salvatore put a shoulder into the ball which popped up into the air and landed in the hands of Nick Bourassa in the end zone for the early 7-0 lead.
On the next MMA possession, Fitchburg’s Chris Rose jarred the ball loose from Bill Wetherbee at the goal line. Again, the ball popped up into the air, this time finding its way into Nate Duford’s hands in the end zone to make it a 14-0 game.
In the second quarter, Ian Champeon took the first snap of the up the right sideline for 79 yards and a touchdown to make it 21-0. Champeon finished with a game-high 126 yards on 12 carries.
MMA added two more second-quarter TDs when Duford caught a 37-yard pass from Rende and Rende ran in a three-yard TD.
Wesley 72, Husson 0
At Bangor, Shane McSweeney threw for 228 yards and four touchdowns on 13 of 18 passing to lead nationally ranked Wesley College by the Eagles.
Wesley was strong on the ground as well, rushing for 196 yards on 48 attempts, led by three different backs who had over 30 yards a piece.
Wesley took a 55-0 halftime lead.
For Husson, Kash Keezer passed for 113 yards, but was intercepted three times. Shabashe McIntosh caught six passes for 46 yards. Stephan Dance led the defense with 12 tackles, followed by Kyle Vanidestine with 10.
The Eagles return home next weekend — Homecoming at Husson University — to take on Eastern Collegiate Football Conference foe Becker College at 1 p.m.
Williams 24, Bowdoin 21
At Brunswick, Williams scored on its first two possessions and held off Bowdoin for the victory.
Zach Donnarumma scored on a 41-yard run for Bowdoin and Grant White passed for a 54-yard TD to Nick Goldin, both in the second quarter.
Williams took a 24-10 lead at the half and Bowdoin cut it to 24-21 when White and Goldin hooked up for another TD.
Donnarumma was the game’s leading rusher with 108 yards while White completed 19 of 34 passes for 247 yards. Pat Noone caught 10 passes for 80 yards and passed Peter Nye to come the school’s all-time leader in career receiving yards (1,681).
Amherst 20, Bates 7
At Lewiston, Kevin Ferber returned a fumble recovery for a 62-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Matt Rawson added field goals of 38 and 42 yards in the second half for Amherst.
Kevin Davis caught a six-yard pass from Trevor Smith for the Bates’ TD.
Patrick George rushed for 63 yards on 15 carries to lead Bates while Smith completed 24 of 41 passes for 202 yards, but was intercepted twice.
Trinity 28, Colby 10
At Waterville, Trinity took a 21-10 lead in the third quarter when Hedley Jennings threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Jones and added a touchdown with 1:30 left in the game to beat the White Mules.
Colby fullback Spenser Merwin took a pitch from quarterback Nick Kmetz and then passed to Nick Joseph for a three-yard TD in the second quarter for Colby. Earlier in the quarter, David Bendit put the White Mules on the board with a 22-yard field goal.
Kmetz completed 24 passes for 196 yards for Colby while Merwin caught two for 60 yards and Rob Turner caught four for 48 yards.