|SUNY Maritime||Maine Maritime Academy|
The Mariners broke the scoreless contest on a four-yard run by Creeger capping off a nine-play 63-yard drive to make it 6-0 in favor of Maine Maritime, with 11:50 to go in the second quarter.
An interception by SUNY’s Nick Conte, sparked a 17-play, 91-yard scoring drive, highlighted by a Brett McKinney two-yard rush and a good extra-point attempt by Matthew Murphy, to give the Privateers a 7-6 lead with 29 seconds remaining in the half.
The Privateers scored on the opening possession of the second half on a 23-yard pass from quarterback Thomas Wright to Andrew Short, following a seven-play 63-yard drive. Another Murphy extra point gave the visitors the 14-6 lead with 11:23 to go in the third quarter.
Maine Maritime answered back on their next possession, converting on a 4th and goal on a two-yard run from Creeger to make it 14-12. Creeger found Derek Breunig (Westbrook, Maine) in the end zone for a successful two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14 with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter.
Cody Chapman (Bangor, Maine) recovered a fumble for the Mariners on the next possession setting up a four-play 22-yard scoring drive on a James Ferrar (Cumberland, Maine) two-yard run. Cameron Crook (Amherst, N.H.) converted on the extra point kick to give the Mariners 21-14 advantage.
The Mariner defense held the Privateers to a three-and-out on the next drive, sparking a 10-play 64-yard scoring drive, once again capped off by a two-yard run from Creeger and an extra point from Crook to give Maine Maritime Academy a 28-14 lead with 5:10 remaining in the game.
The Privateers responded with scoring drives on their next two possessions, on a seven-yard touchdown rush by Wright and a 28-yard pass from Wright to Short, to tie the game up at 28-28 with 38 seconds remaining in regulation.
With the final possession in regulation, the Mariner offense put together a six-play 55-yard charge down the field, but Creeger’s pass was intercepted in the end zone as time expired.
The Mariners won the coin toss in the overtime period and chose to defend. The Privateers used a 10-yard rush from McKinney and an eight-yard rush from Torelli to pick up two quick first downs. Torelli scored on a two-yard rush, and Murphy added an extra-point to make it 35-28. The Privateer defense came up strong in the final possession holding the Mariners scoreless and picking up the victory.
Ferrar led the Mariner rushing attack with 81 yards and a touchdown, while Creeger accounted for all three of the other touchdowns on the ground.
Chapman led the Mariner defense with 11 tackles (seven solo), two sacks and a forced fumble, while teammate Zachary Faskianos (York, Maine) added 10 tackles (six solo).
Eric Wallace led the way for the Privateer defense, with 16 tackles (four solo) and two tackles for a loss. Brian Price added 13 tackles (six solo), and both Kendal Parker and Nick Conte recorded 12 tackles.
Wright led the way for SUNY with 117 passing yards and two touchdowns by air and 59 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground. Short tallied two receiving touchdowns on 62 yards.
The Mariners (0-1) return to action on September 17, at Massachusetts Maritime as they defend the Admiral’s Cup. The Privateers (1-0) also return to action against Massachusetts Maritime next Friday for the Chowder Bowl.