June 20, 2018
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Maine small-college football roundup: Husson wins in OT

Husson 17, SUNY Maritime 14 (OT)

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – Husson University football took a big Eastern Collegiate Football Conference win Saturday, edging SUNY Martime College in overtime.

The Eagles scored a late touchdown in regulation to tie the game and then scored on their first possession of overtime on Reece Attard’s, 43-yard field goal.

Maritime got on the board first, scoring just under three minutes into the game. Thomas Davis ran 39 yards to cap off a six-play, 63-yard drive to go up 7-0.

The Privateers scored again in the second quarter, as Gary Bigham punched in a two-yard touchdown to move ahead 14-0.

Husson scored in the third quarter after Nelson Perez sacked quarterback Anthony Patti, forcing a fumble. Perez recovered, giving Husson a first down on the Privateer 6-yard line. On the next play, Kash Keezer dropped back and found Devin Sherman in the end zone to get the Eagles on the board.

Attard’s extra point was true, cutting the lead to 14-7.

Martime was trying to run the clock out with 1:46 remaining when Privateer running back Tyler Trodden lost 10 yards and fumbled. Defensive back Dom Mowrer recovered the ball for the Eagles and scampered 60 yards for the touchdown. Attard tacked on the extra point to tie the score at 14.

In OT, Martime drove well on their first possession but Trodden fumbled once more and Ernest Wiggins recovered.

Husson had its chance on fourth-and-11 from the 26. Attard came through with a school-record 43-yard field goal.

Keezer led both sides in passing with 124 yards, a touchdown and the lone interception while the running game struggled, racking up only 32 net rushing yards.

Husson’s defense proved to be the saving grace, sacking the Privateers three times on the day. The Eagles also tackled Martime 11 times for losses including two from Perez for a total of 13 yards. The win pushes Husson’s record to 2-6 with a 1-4 ECFC record for 2012.

Husson travels back to Bangor and will remain at home Saturday, November 3rd for a senior day showdown with Castleton at the Winkin Complex at 1:00 pm.

Bridgewater State 48, MMA 21

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Bridgewater State scored on its first seven possessions in a 48-21 win over Maine Maritime Academy in a New England Football Conference Saturday at Swenson Field. The Bears improved to 8-1 overall, 5-1 Bogan Division while the Marines remained winless at 0-8, 0-6.

Bridgewater’s Ben Desmarais (South Hadley, Mass.) rushed for three touchdowns and Mike McCarthy (Edgartown, Mass.) threw a 42-yard touchdown and added a six-yard scoring run to lead the BSU offense. Mike Gentili (Leominster, Mass.) rushed for a team-best 85 yards on 11 carries and found the end zone on a ten-yard run.

McCarthy completed 2 of 2 passes for 55 yards and also added 39 yards on the ground on just four carries. McCarthy hooked up with junior receiver Matt Green (Stoughton, Mass.) on the 42-yard TD pass to open the scoring. McCarthy would give the Bears a 14-0 lead with his six-yard run and Desmarais notched his first touchdown of the day from five yards out to close out the first quarter scoring.

Blaise Branch (Brockton, Mass.) staked Bridgewater to a 27-0 lead early in the second quarter on a seven-yard TD run. Gentili’s touchdown made in 34-0 and Desmarais found the end zone from five yards out with 4:44 remaining in the first half to make it 41-0.

Maine Maritime quarterback Michael Fahey (Union, Mass.) got the Mariners on the board with a two-yard run with just five seconds left in the half. Fahey completed all three of his pass attempts for 57 yards and rushed for 85 yards on 21 attempts.

Desmarais rounded out the scoring for the Bears with a one-yard TD plunge to give the hosts a 48-7 lead.

MMA scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns on a Dylan Webster (Belfast, Maine) one-yard run and aWade Severance (Hollis Center, Maine) 54-yard fumble return.

Bridgewater was flagged for 15 penalties in the game for 155 yards, both season highs. The Bears had two long rushing touchdowns called back on holding penalties on the same drive in the third quarter, and also had what would have been a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown called back on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Bridgewater did not score on either drive.

Maine Maritime returns to the field Saturday in New London, Connecticut against Coast Guard at 12 p.m.

Bates 31, Colby 6

LEWISTON, Maine — Bates College outgained Colby College 288-14 on the ground and 412-151 overall en route to a 31-6 win on Homecoming Saturday at Garcelon Field, spoiling the return of Bates alum Jonathan Michaeles, who is in his first year as Colby’s head coach.

Bates junior slotback Shawn Doherty (Mansfield, Mass.) ran for a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, then turned a screen pass from Trevor Smith into a 50-yard touchdown seven minutes later, opening up a 24-0 lead with 12:50 left in the fourth quarter.

At 3-3, Bates is off to its best six-game start since the Bobcats were also 3-3 in 1982. It is the Bobcats’ first win over their in-state rivals since 2008, and only their second in the past 12 years. Bates can now claim the CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) championship with a win at Bowdoin next Saturday in Brunswick.

Bates controlled possession for over 10 minutes in both the second and fourth quarters, helping to preserve a 10-0 lead going into halftime and cutting down Colby’s chances for a comeback late in the game. The Mules were unable to score until 6:48 remained in the fourth quarter, when Justin Ciero hit Indigo Dow for a 5-yard passing touchdown.

Bates quarterback Trevor Smith carried the ball a career-high 30 times for a net of 93 yards and one touchdown. Smith completed 10 of 14 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown, though he was sacked four times and fumbled the ball away three times.

For Colby (1-5), Ciero completed 18 of 40 passes with two interceptions and a touchdown. He was also sacked four times, and he fumbled the ball away twice. Dow led all receivers with five catches for 69 yards and a score.

The first half, and the beginning of the second half, was riddled with turnovers and penalties on both sides. Fifteen penalties combined were charged in the first half, accounting for 156 yards. In the end, Bates was penalized 13 times for 142 yards, and Colby was flagged 10 times for 92 yards. There were also eight fumbles in the game, five by the Bobcats.

After a scoreless first quarter, Bates got on the scoreboard in an unusual way. David Kurey angled a high punt from Bates’ 43-yard line inside the Colby 5. The ball bounced once on the ground and struck a would-be kick returner in the leg. Bates senior Brian Gallagher pounced on the ball in the end zone, and after some discussion between the officials, Bates was awarded a touchdown.

Bates immediately got the ball back again, as Ciero was strip-sacked by Matt Comstock on the Mules’ first play from scrimmage, and John Durkin recovered the ball for the Bobcats at the Colby 31. Colby’s defense held Bates to a three-and-out, though, and the teams traded possessions twice more before Bates tacked on a 31-yard field goal by Charlie Donahue with 4:22 left in the half. Donahue’s career-long field goal had more than enough distance and made him 7-for-7 this season on field goals.

Colby’s last drive of the half took the Mules as far as the Bates 32, where David Bendit’s 49-yard field goal attempt missed.

The Mules drove 45 yards on their second possession of the third quarter, getting as far as Bates’ 33, but Durkin strip-sacked Ciero and Matt Gaither recovered at Bates’ 41.

After Smith picked up 14 yards on a quarterback keeper, taking Bates into Colby territory, Smith pitched perfectly to Doherty trailing on his right, and the speedy slotback chased open daylight up the right sideline and all the way to the end zone, a 45-yard score, making it 17-0 Bates with 5:36 left in the third quarter.

Bates linebacker Evan Dowd chased down Ciero from behind for his second sack of the day to force Colby to punt from their own 45 on their next possession. Ryan Grunseich drilled a 52-yard punt to pin Bates at its own 3-yard line, but the Bobcats ran the ball got a pair of first downs before the third quarter came to a close.

Nine consecutive rushes by four different Bates backs took them from the 3 to the 50 to start the fourth quarter. From there, Smith threw a perfect swing pass to Doherty in the left flat, where Doherty made a deft grab, used Kevin Davis’s sealing block of a Colby defensive back on the outside, and quickly cut up the seam into open field. No one could catch Doherty as he ran untouched 50 yards for his second touchdown, and his fifth in the past three weeks, and Bates led 24-0.

Colby wasn’t out of the game yet, however. The Mules drove from their own 32 to the Bates’ 5, helped by a 15-yard penalty called on Bates on a 3rd and 10, followed by a 40-yard connection from Ciero to Dow up the left sideline, where he was finally dragged down by Kyle Starr at the Bates 11. Ciero threw for six more yards to Jason Buco to reach the 5, but three straight incompletions from there, including Starr’s breakup of a lofted pass for Dow on fourth down, gave the ball back to Bates on downs.

The Bobcats ran four times out to the 22, but on 2nd and 5, with Smith running a keeper up the middle, Colby’s Phil Amato snatched the ball from Smith’s grip and ran the ball back the other way for 12 yards before Doherty stopped him from scoring at the 8. Three plays later, Ciero found Dow open in the left flat to close the gap to 24-6, with 6:48 left in the game.

Colby successfully attempted and recovered an onside kick, but the Mules were flagged for a false start to nullify the play. The second attempt was not successful, setting up Bates at the Colby 40. After an 11-yard connection from Smith to Harrison Murphy, the Bobcats ran seven straight times, finishing off their final scoring drive with Smith’s 2-yard touchdown run off-tackle. Donahue made his fourth extra point for a 31-6 lead.

Doherty finished the game with 66 yards on six carries and 56 receiving yards on two catches. Patrick George ran 10 times for 53 yards, and Mac Jackson carried six more times for 32 yards.

Henry Nelson led Colby’s defense with a game-high 13 tackles. Amato added eight tackles and recovered two fumbles, and Ryan Veillette had eight more tackles, including 2.5 sacks.

For Bates, Gilbert Brown had a team-high eight tackles and also broke up two passes. Durkin had three tackles for a loss among his six takedowns. Gaither added five tackles with a fumble recovery, a batted pass and three quarterback hurries. Andrew Kukesh made his fourth interception of the season.

At 12:30pm next Saturday, Nov. 3, Colby plays at Tufts while Bates plays for the CBB title at Bowdoin.

Wesleyan 34, Bowdoin 14

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University football team scored 34 unanswered points to rally from an early deficit and take a 34-14 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Andrus Field.

The Cardinals improve to 5-1 this fall while the Polar Bears drop to 1-5. Bowdoin will host Bates in its home finale next Saturday, November 3, at 12:30 p.m.

Things started well for the Polar Bears on Saturday as Bowdoin scored on its first two possessions. The Polar Bears marched 82 yards in 14 plays, cashing in on a three-yard pass from Thomas Romero to Michael English for a 7-0 lead. After forcing its second-straight three-and-out, Bowdoin took over at its own 29 and on its second play from scrimmage saw Romero toss a 62-yard strike to Matt Perlow, reaching the Wesleyan 6. Two plays later, Donnarumma dove four yards to paydirt for a 14-0 advantage.

It was downhill from there, though, as the Cardinals scored on four of its next five possessions. Kevin Hughes caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jon Lis to trim the Bowdoin lead to 14-7 before the end of the first quarter and Sebastian Aguirre nailed a 28-yard field goal early in the second quarter to make it 14-10. LaDarius Drew went 21 yards for a rushing score shortly before halftime to make it 17-14 Wesleyan at the break.

The Cardinals picked up where they left off in the second half, as Drew scored on a 70-yard scamper before Aguirre hit a 31-yard field goal to make it 27-14. Te’Rhon O’Neal broke free on an 83-yard run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

Bowdoin accumulated 354 yards of total offense, but committed six turnovers including five interceptions. The Cardinals racked up 454 total yards, including 284 on the ground. Drew led the way with 154 yards rushing for Wesleyan.

Donnarumma finished with 91 yards on the ground and caught a pass for 59 yards. Defensively, Joey Cleary and Griffin Cardew had ten tackles each. Cleary forced a fumble while Cardew had a sack and a fumble recovery.

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