BUZZARDS BAY, Mass., Massachusetts Maritime Academy forced nine turnovers, including seven fumbles, and cashed in to post a 34-6 New England Football Conference victory over Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday afternoon.
The Bucaneers (5-2 overall, 3-2 NEFC Bogan Division) also reclaimed the Admiral’s Cup, the spoils in the rivalry.
Mass. Maritime set the tone for the day in the first quarter when Victor Andrade (17 yards) and Walter Butler (48 yards) returned fumbles for a touchdown on consecutive plays 15 seconds apart. Maine Maritime (4-3, 2-3 NEFC Bogan) was unable to continue the turnover trend.
The Mariners limited the Bucs to 232 total yards and 12 first downs, but couldn’t keep the football long enough to put more points on the board. Maine Maritime netted 328 yards, including 117 through the air.
Maine Maritime’s only score came three minutes into the second quarter on a 40-yard TD dash by sophomore fulback Ian Champeon of Dover-Foxcroft (7 carries, 80 yards). Halfback Nick Bourassa of Jay led the way with 96 yards on 16 carries.
The Mariners were without starting quarterback Matthew Rende of Augusta and backup Ben Violette carried 25 times for 40 yards. Violette also went 11-for-21 passing for 117 yards but was picked off twice.
Nate Duford caught six passes for 62 yards for Maine Maritime.
The Buccaneers were paced by QB Mike Stanton (9-21, 144, 1 TD, 1 INT). Keith Caruso caught five balls for 103 yards and a TD.
Norwich 41, Husson 7
At the Winkin Complex in Bangor, the Cadets manufactured 400 yards of offense, including 326 on the ground, to earn an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference victory over the Eagles.
Kris Sabourin rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and completed 7 of 14 passes for 64 yards with two interceptions. Derek Pitts added 72 rushing yards for first-place Norwich (5-3, 5-0 ECFC).
The Cadets scored all the points they would need in the first quarter on Sabourin’s 7-yard run and a 31-yard field goal by Long Ding. Norwich tacked on 17 second-quarter points on a 7-yard run by Pitts, Andrew Fulford’s 1-yard run and Ding’s 32-yard field goal.
Husson (0-7, 0-4 ECFC) got on the board late in the third quarter on a 41-yard completion from Kash Keezer (14-for-30, 124 yds., 1 TD, 3 INTs) to Audie Murphy (4 catches, 70 yds.).
Stephan Dance racked up 14 tackles for the Eagles.