Photo by Sheridan King.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Sept. 29, 2018)
- Score: MIT 31, Merchant Marine 24
- Records: Merchant Marine (3-1, 1-1 NEWMAC); MIT (5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)
- The Lead: The Merchant Marine football team's late rally fell short in a 31-24 loss at MIT on Saturday.
THE WAY IT HAPPENED:
- In a game that featured 24 points off of turnovers, the Mariners took advantage of an early MIT fumble for the game's first touchdown as senior Wiley Martin (Polo, Mo.) scored from two yards out with just 3:13 off the clock.
- The Engineers got on the board with 4:46 left in the first on a 33-yard field goal from freshman Hayden Rome. MIT went in front for the first time in the final moments of the first as senior Eddy Garcia-Montes pulled down a 6-yard catch in the corner of the end zone.
- The lone scoring in the second quarter came from Merchant Marine as junior Gavin Gartner (Cedar Park, Texas) converted from 31 yards out to send the game into halftime tied at 10-10.
- MIT was the beneficiary of an early USMMA third-quarter turnover as a bad pitch on a running play gave the Engineers the ball on the five-yard line. Senior quarterback Udgam Goyal found classmate Eric Bradford for a four-yard touchdown and a 17-10 MIT lead.
- With 5:44 on the clock in the third, junior Tyler Reihs (Moorpark, Calif.) scored off the left side on a four-yard rush to tie the game for the final time at 17-17.
- The next two scoring plays both came from 48 yards out, as sophomore Keithen Shepard caught a ball across the middle and outran the defense for the 24-17 advantage with 33 seconds to go in the third. Then midway through the fourth, freshman Jack Montinaro caught a 48-yard TD of his own straight up the middle with for a 14-point cushion at 31-17.
- The Mariners kept things interesting until the final play though as junior QB Krystian Abbott (Lansing, Kan.) found classmate Luke Jamison (Tequesta, Fla.) for a 17-yard TD with 1:27 left. That play capped a five-play, 80-yard drive that took just 39 seconds. MIT recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt though, but USMMA was able to get the ball back, however a desperation pass as time expired was intercepted in the end zone.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- For the Mariners, Abbott completed 13 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown, as Jamison finished with a game-high 156 receiving yards on seven receptions. USMMA finished the game with 134 rushing yards as a team, while holding MIT to just 40 yards on the ground.
- Goyal was 25-for-43 for the Engineers with 362 yards and scoring plays of 48, 48, six and four yards. Shepard had a team-high 139 yards on six catches, while Garcia-Montes pulled down nine passes for 77 yards. Shepard also ended the game with 265 all-purpose yards as he added 62 kick return yards and 67 punt return yards. Defensively, sophomore Tyler Ray led the Engineers with a game-high 11 tackles. Overall, MIT had nine tackles for a loss of 26 yards and four turnovers (two fumble recoveries and two interceptions).
- For USMMA, sophomore Noah Newburgh (Gilbert, Ariz.) was the defensive leader, as he finished with nine total tackles. Junior Reno Dubreuil (Moorpark, Calif.) and senior Brian Harris (Yonkers, N.Y.) both had eight tackles on the afternoon. Senior Trever Huss (Orange City, Iowa) had the Mariners lone sack, part of two tackles for loss for him for a combined 11 yards. He also recovered a fumble that classmate Charles Deegan (Huntington, N.Y.) forced. Junior Tanner Carter (Columbiana, Ala.) also had an interception for the Mariners.
- The Mariners return to action next Saturday, Oct. 6, when they host Norwich at 12-noon at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video stream of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Football Schedule Page.
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