|Coast Guard||Maine Maritime Academy|
At Castine, quarterback Corey Creeger of Biddeford amassed 329 yards of total offense with two passing touchdowns and a third score on the ground as Maine Maritime scored its first victory of the season.
The win also was the Mariners’ debut victory the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, which the school joined in football this year.
Creeger rushed for 212 yards on 26 carries as the Mariners totaled 441 yards of total offense, 324 on the ground.
The Mariners’ defense complemented that offense by recording five quarterback sacks and three pass interceptions while limiting 3-4 Coast Guard to 230 total yards.
MMA (1-5) took the opening kickoff and marched 14 plays to the end zone, with Creeger throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dominic Casale on fourth-and-5 with 6:56 left in the first quarter.
Coast Guard’s Patrick Crowley blocked the extra point and teammate Will Daniels returned it all the way to make the score 6-2.
An interception by MMA’s Trenton Bouchard set up a 55-yard touchdown run by Creeger to make it 12-2 late in the first quarter before Coast Guard got a 3-yard TD run by Ryan Jones to close within 12-9 early in the second period.
Jacob Doolan got that score back for Maine Maritime with a 3-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run to give the Mariners a 20-9 halftime advantage.
Coast Guard struck first in the second half, with a 5-yard touchdown run by senior Cam Cecchini narrowing the gap to 20-16 before Doolan scored his second touchdown from 5 yards out to make it 28-16.
Creeger closed out the scoring with 4:21 left in the game by hitting Mason Kaserman with a 90-yard touchdown pass.
Alec Clark paced MMA’s defense with 16 tackles, including nine solo stops and one sack. Derek Breunig added 10 tackles and a sack, while John Bennett and Andrew Plata each added an interception and Spencer Baron and Cody O’Brien each forced a fumble.