Kings Point, NY – The Merchant Marine football team racked up 355 yards of offense and touchdowns from four different Mariners to beat rival SUNY Maritime 34-17 at Brooks Stadium. USMMA dominated the time of possession by holding the ball for nearly 37 minutes. A key defensive stop on fourth-and-1 by Patrick Keyes sparked the Mariners en-route to 31 first half points.
USMMA (2-1) got on the board on their second possession. It was Josh Woodburn rushing in from 9 yards out for the score. Following the Keyes stop, Mario Colangelo capped a four-play, 57 yard drive with a short run in from two yards out.
In the second quarter, the Mariners kept their foot on the gas pedal scoring on drives of 68 and 75 yards. Luke Stidham caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Matt McDaniels. McDaniels followed with a 2-yard score of his own on the next drive. Erik Swayne added a 24-yard field goal to give USMMA a 31-0 lead just before the half.
Maritime (1-2) came out to start the second half strong while posting 17 third quarter points. Their biggest play, a 71-yard run by Greg Caneparo made it 34-17.
The Mariners defense was led by Keyes who racked up 6 tackles and a forced fumble. Charles Helms added 4 tackles (1 sack and one tackle for a loss), while Andrew Hendrix contributed in a strong way with 6 tackles.
USMMA travels to Geneva, NY next week to take on nationally ranked Hobart (3-0) at 1pm.