Saturday’s Maine small-college football roundup

Posted Oct. 20, 2012, at 5:41 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 20, 2012, at 8:30 p.m.

Mass. Maritime 42, Maine Maritime 23

CASTINE, MAINE—Massachusetts Maritime scored 21 unanswered points in the second half, to break a 21-all tie at halftime, en route to a 42-23 win over Maine Maritime Academy Saturday in a New England Football Conference game at Ritchie Field. With the win, the Buccaneers (4-3 overall, 3-2 NEFC) claimed the 40th Admiral’s Cup while the Mariners remained winless this season at 0-7, 0-5.

Maine Maritime scored on the opening possession of the game when Bill Wetherbee (Veazie, Maine) plunged in from a yard out. The score capped a 12-play, 61-yard, drive that was kept alive when Mass. Maritime was whistled for roughing the passer on fourth-and-five. Wetherbee carried seven times for 25 yards on the drive.

The Bucs responded the ensuing series when John Trudel (Niantic, Conn.) hit paydirt on a six-yard run. The score completed an 8-play, 64-yard, drive highlighted when Mike Stanton (Quincy, Mass.) hooked up with Jonathan Wright (Newburryport, Mass.) for 37 yards.

The Mariners went ahead 14-7 on Wetherbee’s 36-yard sprint before Mass. Maritime evened the game at 14 on Barry Roepell’s 28-yard run with 12:49 left before the half. Maine Maritime took advantage of Eddy Ramos’ muffed punt and made it 21-14 four plays later on Bradley Reed‘s one-yard run. The Bucs knotted the game on the ensuing kickoff when Bobby Rosano (North Reading, Mass.) raced 91-yards on the kickoff return.

The Bucs needed just 12 plays to cover 66 yards on their opening possession of the second half. Reopell capped the drive, which featured a pair of third down conversions, with a two-yard run and a 27-21 Mass. Maritime lead.

Maine Maritime squandered a chance to tie the game late in the third quarter. Five straight runs from Dylan Webster, and a 14-yard run by Joseph DiBiase, got the Mariners to the Mass. 9. Three plays later, on third-and-goal at the 1, Reed fumbled and Robert Gratzer recovered it for the Bucs. Mass. Maritime cashed in on the turnover with a 99-yard drive that ended on Trudel’s 4-yard run. Trudel hooked up with Rosano to convert the two-point conversion give the Bucs a 35-21 lead.

Another turnover inside the 5 cost the Mariners another chance at more points. A pair of Bradley Reed passes, to DiBiase for 18 and Shane Sullivan for 23, helped get the Mariners inside the red zone. Five plays later, Wetherbee lost the ball and Richard Ford recovered it for the Bucs.

Mass. Maritime added a late score on Austin Pierce’s two-yard run and surrendered a safety when Stanton purposely ran out of the end zone with 1:51 left in the game.

Wetherbee led all rushers with 139 yards on 28 carries for Maine Maritime. DiBiase had 54 yards on nine carries and Reed added 52 yards on 21 attempts. Reed was 5 of 12 through the air for 71 yards with Sullivan hauling in two passes for 34 yards.

Brock Lawrence paced the Mariners’ defense with 12 total stops and Alex Hermes had 10 tackles and an interception. Wade Severance also had a pick for Maine Maritime.

Stanton led the Bucs with 183 yards through the air while Reopell and Pierce churned out 102 and 77 yards, respectively, on the ground. E.J. Bennett caught eight passes for 90 yards on Jonathan Wright added 80 yards on five catches.

Reynard Ortiz and Matthew King combined for 25 tackles to spearhead the Bucs’ defense. Zachary Ryan picked up two sacks, Richard Ford one and Eddy Ramos had an interception.

The Mariners return to action Saturday at noon at Bridgewater State.

Norwich 56, Husson 0

Northfield, Vt.— Norwich generated more than 600 yards of total offense and sophomore Al Georgio (West Greenwich, R.I.) had two scoring plays of longer than 60 yards as the Cadets routed visiting Husson 56-0 Saturday at Sabine Field. The win moves Norwich to .500 in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference play at 2-2 and puts them at 5-2 overall. The loss drops Husson to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in conference competition.

The Cadets wasted no time as senior quarterback Kris Sabourin (Georgia, Vt.) scored on a 58-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage after he faked a handoff and took the ball up the middle past the Eagles defense. It was Sabourin’s fourth rushing touchdown of 2012 and his longest run of the season thusfar.

The two teams traded punts until the he Cadets defense gave Norwich the ball back again on a three-and-out just inside ten minutes left in the quarter and Sabourin converted a crucial third-and-12 deep inside Cadet territory before he found Georgio in the flat for what seemed like a minimal gain. But Georgio was able to absorb hits and keep his feet moving and eventually took the ball 65 yards for his first receiving touchdown of the year. He later scored on a 64-yard pass from sophomore Jon Queen (Petersborough, N.H.) to finish the day with 129 yards on four catches.

Norwich finished the first quarter up 21-0 after senior Danny Triplett (Haverhill, Mass.) scored from a yard out and continued to pile on points in the second stanza when Triplett caught his second career touchdown from Sabourin.

Norwich took a 35-0 nothing lead into halftime after Sabourin tossed a touchdown to Zach Allen (Boston, Mass.). Allen has seven touchdown receptions in 2012 and finished the day with 76 yards. Sabourin completed 10 of 14 passes for 177 yards and the three touchdowns and added 78 yards on the ground.

The Cadet defense stymied the Eagles all day, allowing Husson just 172 yards of total offense and forcing nine punts. Freshman defensive back Dominique Davis (Kissimmee, Fla.) also added his second interception in as many weeks and freshman Nick Delicata (Medford Lakes, N.J.) and sophomore Andy Mangin (Concord, Mass.) each recovered fumbles.

The Cadets utilized three quarterbacks on the day with Queen throwing the touchdown to Georgio and sophomore Keyen Foley (Hemet, Calif.) went 5-10 for 47 yards and also added 26 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Colby 32, Hamilton 29

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Colby College’s Jonathan Michaeles will likely never forget his first win as a head coach after the Mules scored 19 straight points in the final 8:15 of the contest to pull out a 32-29 victory against Hamilton College in New England Small College Athletic Conference football game Saturday at Harold Alfond Stadium.

Colby improves to 1-4 overall heading into next Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at Bates College, while Hamilton falls to 1-4 and will play host to Williams College next Saturday at 1 p.m. Colby has won five straight games against Hamilton.

While the Mules’ offense came alive in the fourth quarter, Colby’s defense did the job at the end of the third quarter. Hamilton had first down at the Mule 1-yard line and was threatening to extend their 26-13 lead. Colby’s Henry Nelson (Reeding, Conn.) and his teammates had other ideas. Nelson had one solo stop and assisted on two other tackles to force the Continentals’ Garrett Hoy (Irvington, N.Y.) to kick a 20-yard field goal with 11 seconds left. The difference between three points and a possible seven points would turn out to haunt Hamilton.

The Mules started the comeback with a 74-yard drive on 11 plays, ending in a 9-yard touchdown pass from first-year quarterback Justin Ciero (Chappaqua, N.Y.) to wide receiver Jason Buco (Methuen, Mass.) with 8:15 to play to cut the lead to 29-19. The Mules tried to cut the margin to a one touchdown game, but missed on a two-point conversion pass.

After a three-and-out by the Continentals, Ciero went back to passing mode and completed a 12-yard pass to Derrick Beasley (Andover, Mass.) for a first down. On the next play, Spencer Gopaul (Washington, D.C.) caught a short pass out of the backfield and got loose for a 54-yard scoring play. Colby’s David Bendit (Emmaus, Pa.) kicked the extra point and suddenly Hamilton’s lead was down to 29-26 with 6:10 to go.

The Mules gave up one first down to the Continentals on the ensuing drive, but managed for force a punt with 3:57 to play. Zach Padula (Coventry, R.I.) fielded the punt at his own 18-yard line and rambled 47 yards with the return to Hamilton’s 35-yard line.

Ciero completed a 23-yard pass play to senior Michael Lahiff (Melrose, Mass.) to the Continental 10-yard line. Three plays later, the two connected again on a 6-yard touchdown pass to put the Mules up for the first time at 32-29. Hamilton’s Nick Kaleikini (Honolulu, Hawaii) blocked the extra point and kept his team within a field goal for a tie.

The Continentals had two more drives the rest of the way. A costly holding penalty stalled the first drive and Hamilton turned the ball over on downs with 34 seconds to play.

The Continentals, though, had all three timeouts and quickly used them after three Colby rushing plays for negative yardage. With the ball at the Hamilton 32-yard line, Colby elected to go for the first down instead of risking a punting issue. The Mules gained 4 yards on a run by Ciero, but Hamilton took over on downs with 18 seconds to play.

Continental quarterback Jordan Eck (Rye, N.Y.) completed a 24-yard pass play to Hoy on the first play to give his team the ball at the Colby 48-yard line. After an incompletion, Hoy once again caught another 24-yard pass play to the Colby 24-yard line. Hoy lined up for a 40-yard field goal attempt to tie the game with two seconds left, but Hamilton hurt its own cause with a false start penalty to make the field goal 45 yards. Hoy was short on the kick on the last play of the game.

Hamilton opened up a 20-7 lead after one quarter thanks in part to Colby mistakes. Mike MacDonald (Glen Ridge, N.J.) recovered a punt in the end zone for Hamilton after a snap from center went over the head of Colby’s punter just 2:02 into the game.

After a Colby fumble at its own 21-yard line, Hamilton needed just two plays to go up 13-0 with 12:04 left in the opening quarter. Eck threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Simon Jia (Montreal, Quebec), but the Continentals missed the extra point.

Colby first-year running back Thomas Brewster (Fairfield, Conn.) scored his first collegiate touchdown to cut the lead to 13-7 with 5:21 left in the opening quarter. Brewster finished the day with 14 carries for 78 yards (5.6 per rush) and caught two passes for 48 yards.

Eck drove Hamilton 69 yards on seven plays and connected with Joe Jensen (West Windsor, N.J.) on a 41-yard scoring pass to push the lead to 20-7 after one quarter.

The Continentals’ Charley Bueneman (Queenstown, Md.) forced a Colby fumble and Dan Peters (Niskayuna, N.Y.) scooped up the ball and raced 44 yards for another Hamilton touchdown for a 26-7 lead with 9:06 to halftime. Hoy did have his extra point attempt blocked.

Colby cut the halftime lead to 26-13 when Ciero completed a 16-yard pass to Beasley and a 19-yard toss to Kyle Roth (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) to set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Ciero with 17 seconds to play.

Ciero threw for 260 yards, ran for 59 yards, threw three touchdown passes, and had the one rushing score. Buco caught four balls for 50 yards, Beasley had four grabs for 40 yards, and Gopaul had three catches for 56 yards.

Eck had 225 yards passing, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. The Mules held James Stanell to just 38 rushing yards on 19 carries, but he did have five catches for 56 yards. Jenson added four catches for 87 yards.

Nelson was all over the field for Colby with 17 total tackles from his middle linebacker spot. Tony Atkinson (Bethesda, Md.) added seven tackles.

Jared Kochenash (Whitehall, Pa.) had 10 solo stops among his team-high 12 tackles for Hamilton. MacDonald added nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and one forced fumble.

Middlebury 38, Bates 23

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury College improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1992 with a 38-23 win over the Bates College football team on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

The Panthers and their opponent next week Trinity, are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the NESCAC. Middlebury wide receiver Zach Driscoll finished the game with 15 catches for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns, becoming the school’s all-time receptions leader in the game with 143.

Bates scored on its opening possession, driving 66 yards on 11 plays after a 29-yard kick-off return from junior Shawn Doherty (Mansfield, Mass.). Senior quarterback Trevor Smith (Malvern, Pa.) had a 14-yard rush on the drive before scoring from seven yards out. Middlebury answered two possessions later with a 35-yard scoring strike from McCallum Foote to Driscoll.

The Panthers added to their lead midway through the second quarter with a nine-play, 84-yard drive ending in a two-yard connection from Foote to Harrison Goodkind. Foote found Driscoll twice for 38 yards on the drive, along with a 24-yard strike to tight end Billy Chapman.

Bates came right back to tie the game at 14-14 when Smith hit Doherty from 14 yards out. A 17-yard connection with first-year wide receiver Harrison Murphy (Whitinsville, Mass.) and a 21-yard rush from senior Patrick George (Gloucester, Mass.) were the key plays on the drive.

Middlebury answered the score on its next possession, with Foote finding Chapman from 11 yards out to make it a 21-14 game with 1:16 left in the first half.

Bates got in a final score before the half was over. Smith hit Murphy for a 20-yard pass, leading to a late 27-yard field goal from junior Charlie Donahue (Plymouth, N.H.), closing the gap to 21-17 Middlebury at the intermission.

Chapman made a great catch over the middle on the Panthers’ first drive of the second half, pulling in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Foote. Bates fumbled the ensuing kick-off, leaving Middlebury with the ball at the Bates 41. After a 21-yard pass from Foote to Driscoll, Foote found him for a quick two-yard scoring strike to make it a 35-17 game with 9:38 left in the third quarter.

Bates climbed back into the game early in the fourth, with an interception from sophomore defensive back Ryan Newson (Stanhope, N.J.) that was returned 23 yards to the Middlebury 47. Six plays later, Smith found Doherty for a 30-yard touchdown pass, making it a 35-23 game after a missed extra point. The Bates defense held, but the offense turned the ball over when Middlebury’s Joel Blockowicz intercepted a pass a the Middlebury 35 at the 10:13 mark of the fourth quarter.

The Panthers made it a three-possession game when Jake Fuery made a field goal from 28 yards out, giving them a 38-23 advantage with 7:42 remaining.

Foote finished the day 36 of 50 for 436 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He now has 21 touchdown passes through five games, one shy of the school’s single-season record. Driscoll’s big day left him just 70 yards shy of the school’s all-time receiving yardage record. Chapman finished the contest with eight catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns, while Brendan Rankowitz and Remi Ashkar each caught four balls. Ashkar kept the offense balanced with 106 yards on the ground on eight carries. John Wiet and Matthew Benedict each had 15 tackles to lead the defense.

Smith went 16 of 32 for Bates, throwing for 151 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. Doherty caught five passes for 50 yards with a pair of touchdowns, while sophomore slotback Mac Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) caught four passes for 28 yards. George rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries, while Smith had 15 carries for 81 yards. Junior Andrew Kukesh (Exeter, N.H.) and senior Joe Dell’Erario (Weston, Mass.) each had 13 tackes in the game, followed by 12 from sophomore John Durkin (Rye Beach, N.H.).

The teams combined to run 169 plays in the game, with the Panthers earning 568 yards on 89 snaps and Bates gaining 370 yards on 80 plays. Middlebury held a 10:52 to 4:08 time of possession advantage in the fourth quarter, and neither team allowed a sack in the contest.

Both teams committed two turnovers, the first game this season in which Bates hasn’t achieved a clear advantage in takeaways. The No. 3 team in Division III in interceptions per game heading into the game, at 2.75, got two more in the game, one by Newson and the other by senior Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.).

Trinity 27, Bowdoin 10

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Trinity College football team took advantage of five Bowdoin turnovers and scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away for a 27-10 win on Saturday afternoon at Whittier Field.

Evan Bunker rushed for 136 yards and two scores in the victory for the Bantams (5-0). The loss spoiled a 143-yard, one-touchdown effort by Zach Donnarumma for the Polar Bears (1-4).

Donnarumma got the Polar Bears on the board in the opening quarter, capping an impressive 12-play, 69-yard drive with a 21-yard scamper up the middle, breaking two tackles and diving over the goal line for a 7-0 Bowdoin lead at 9:06. Trinity answered on its next possession, marking 67 yards on 11 plays to find paydirt on a 15-yard pass on a rollout by quarterback Ryan Burgess to Andrew Grombala at 4:41.

Bowdoin was able to regain the lead midway through the second quarter when Jimmy Garvey nailed a 27-yard field goal at 8:27, but Trinity replied with a quick strike from Burgess, who found AJ Jones for a 68-yard strike to give the visitors a 13-10 lead heading into intermission.

The Polar Bears looked to wrest the lead back in the third quarter as they advanced to the Trinity 20 with a 10-play, 67-yard drive. But a fumble by Donnarumma at the Bantam 15 ended Bowdoin’s hopes of taking the lead. Taking over deep in their own territory, Trinity mounted a monstrous 17-play, 85-yard drive that covered 8:08 and ended with a one-yard plunge by Bunker to give the Bantams a 20-10 lead. Bunker added a second score on a seven-yard run with 2:35 remaining to put the game on ice.

Bowdoin had its share of opportunities, but committed a pair of key turnovers in Trinity territory and missed a field goal in the setback.

Burgess finished 13-22 for 225 yards and two scores. Grombala finished as Trinity’s leading receiver with four catches for 70 yards. Julian Brown had seven tackles, including two for a loss, a fumble recovery and an interception in the win.

Bowdoin was led by 14 tackles from Griffin Cardew, who also had an interception. Joey Cleary pitched in 11 tackles and a sack. Offensively, Donnarumma averaged 5.7 per rush and carried the ball 25 times for a season-best 143 yards. Thomas Romero went 16-37 for 141 yards with David Black catching seven passes for 42 yards.

Trinity held a 424-289 edge in total yardage and held the ball for 36:45 to Bowdoin’s 23:15. The Bantams gained 24 first downs to Bowdoin’s 19.

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