MMA ends football season with 28-23 loss to Curry

first_imgCASTINE — A fourth-period touchdown lifted the Curry College Colonels to a 28-23 season-ending football win over the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners on Saturday in Milton, Mass.The Mariners struck first in the seesaw battle, completing a nine-play, 47-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run by freshman fullback James Ferrar just nine seconds into the second quarter.The extra point kick by Johnny Weymouth put the Mariners up 7-0.Curry quickly responded with a 56-yard drive in just four plays, finishing with a five-yard scoring pass from quarterback Mike O’Hearn to Dave DiGiorgi.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut the extra point kick failed, leaving the Colonels trailing 7-6.Curry took the lead later in the period on a 17-play, 87-yard dirve that ended with a touchdown pass from O’Hearn to Lucas Poteau.The extra point kick put the Colonels up 13-7 going into the halftime break.The Colonels struck again in the third period, driving 56 yards on five plays and scoring on a 41-yard touchdown pitch from O’Hearn to Jake Cawlina.The extra point kick by Eli Horne gave Curry a 20-7 lead.The Mariners cut the lead four minutes later when Jacob Doolan completed a 57-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run.The bid for two-point conversion failed, leaving the Mariners trailing 20-13.But MMA edged in front 21-20 early in the fourth period, completing a 42-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Bradley Reed to freshman Jordan Susi and a two-point conversion rush by Reed.The game-winning score for the Colonels came when O’Hearn connected with Cawlina on a four-yard TD pass with eight minutes to go and then passed to Anthony Nastasi for two extra points for a 28-21 lead.The Mariners added their final two points n a safety in the final minutes of play.For MMA, Doolan finished with 131 yards on 18 carries, junior quarterback Michael Fahey rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries and Ferrar had 70 yards rushing on 14 attempts.Junior linebacker Alex Gamester led the MMA defense with nine solo tackles.The Mariners finished their season with a record of 3-6 overall and 2-5 in the New England Football Conference.MMA’s Doolan was named NEFC Rookie of the Year and a member of the conference Offensive Second Team for his play this season.Doolan led the Mariners in rushing yards with 1,180 on 127 carries and scored eight touchdowns.Conference honors also went to three other Mariners.Juniors John Doyon and Michael Burgess were named to the Defensive First Team, and senior John Ashman was named to the Offensive Second Team.Doyon led the Mariner defense with 74 tackles over the season, and Burgess led MMA with 7.5 sacks, 17 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and two blocks, tallying 57 total tackles.Ashman anchored an offensive line that allowed only seven sacks in nine games and cleared the way for MMA rushers to pile up 3,545 yards on the season. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017center_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Biolast_img read more