CASTINE, Maine – Senior quarterback Corey Creeger had 329 yards of total offense, threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for another leading Maine Maritime to a 34-16 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Creeger carried 26 times for 212 yards as the Mariners ran for 324 yards and had 441 yards of total offense while holding Coast Guard to 230 total yards.
Maine Maritime picked up its first win of the season to improve to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the NEWMAC while Coast Guard suffered its third straight loss to drop to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in conference action.
The Bears trailing 20-9 at halftime, scored on the opening possession of the second half on a 5-yard touchdown run by senior Cam Cecchini with10:43 left in the third quarter and junior Cole Austin's kick cut the deficit to 20-16. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Jones had a 19-yard run moving the ball into the red zone during the 68 yard drive.
Following an exchange of punts, Creeger's 56-yard run gave the Mariners the ball at the Coast Guard 17 and senior Jacob Doolan's 5-yard touchdown run pushed the lead to 26-16. Creeger's conversion pass to freshman Mason Kaserman made the score 28-16 with 4:52 left in the third quarter.
Coast Guard would recover a pair of fumbles in Mariner territory in the fourth quarter, one by Titus Creamer and the other by Jake Behne, but the offense turned it over on downs the first time before an interception by junior John Bennett on the Mariner 10 on 4th and long with 4:42 left.
Creeger would then hit Kaserman who raced 90 yards for a touchdown to ice the game as the Mariners took a 34-16 lead with 4:21 left in the game.
Jones was 16 of 31 for 123 yards with three interceptions. Cecchini led the Bears with 17 carries for 76 yards.
Maine Maritime went 14 plays on the opening possession of the game, chewing up just over eight minutes before Creeger threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to freshman Dominic Casale on 4th-and-5 with 6:56 left in the first quarter.
Junior Patrick Crowley blocked the extra point and senior Will Daniels returned it all the way to make the score 6-2.
Following an exchange of punts, sophomore Trenton Bouchard intercepted Jones at the Mariner 45 and on the next play Creeger ran 55 yards for a touchdown, the two point conversion pass failed making the score 12-2 with 2:19 left in the first quarter.
Coast Guard would respond as Jones scored on a 3-yard run to cap an 83-yard drive making the score 12-9 following Austin's extra point with 13:04 left in the first half. Senior Darius Adams had a key 18-yard reception during the drive on the final play of the first quarter when he and junior John Bennett both came down with the ball at the Mariner 18 and by rule, the ball stays with the offense.
On the next drive, Maine Maritime had its drive extended by a running into the kicker penalty on 4th-and-5 and the Mariners would capitalize as Doolan's 3-yard touchdown run on 4th and 2 pushed the lead to 18-9. Doolan's conversion run made the score 20-9 with 56 seconds left the half. Creeger converted a 4th-and-1 with a 1-yard run to the Coast Guard 11 during the 22 play drive which took exactly 12 minutes off the clock.
Maine Maritime dominated the time of possession in the first half as they had the ball for over 22 minutes in the the first 30 minutes. The Bears had just eight plays for 18 yards in the second quarter.
Creeger had 15 carries for 112 yards in the first half.
Sophomore R.J. Robiskie led the Bears with 10 tackles.
Coast Guard is back in action next week when the Bears host MIT on Homecoming Weekend with kickoff set for 1:30.