By Massachusetts Maritime Academy Sports Information
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – In its weather-delayed season opener, the MIT football team fell to host Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 49-27, on Sunday afternoon. Senior DeRon Brown led the Engineers’ attack with a total of 216 yards, including a 148-yard performance on the ground. Nathan Sherr rushed for 325 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Buccaneers.
Sherr got Massachusetts Maritime (1-1) on the board first with 5:53 to play in the opening quarter on a one-yard plunge, but the visiting Engineers (0-1) evened matters in the first 39 seconds of the second stanza when sophomore quarterback Kyle Johnson scored from 22 yards out to tie the game at seven. Johnson’s scamper was the beginning of a combined 42-point quarter, as Sherr gave the Buccaneers the lead back on the ensuing possession with a three-yard run before Johnson hooked up Brown on a 50-yard touchdown pass off a screen to even the score at 14 with 9:16 remaining before intermission.
Matt White gave the hosts the lead for good on a 20-yard touchdown run on the next Massachusetts Maritime possession for a 21-14 edge. Following an MIT punt, Sherr ripped off a 95-yard touchdown run to extend the margin to 28-14. After an Engineer fumble on the first play on the ensuing drive, White plunged in from nine yards out for his second score of the quarter to give Massachusetts Maritime a 35-14 edge at the break.
Stephen Yablonski’s three-yard run capped an eight play, 80-yard drive to open the second half as MIT sliced its deficit to 35-20, but the Buccaneers answered two possessions later when quarterback Matthew Spinazzola connected with Joseph St. Pierre on a seven-yard scoring strike off a fake field goal. Douglas Dyke closed out the Massachusetts Maritime scoring on a four-yard run early in the final stanza, and the Cardinal and Gray’s Cameron Brown provided the final touchdown of the day on a three-yard scamper with 3:12 remaining.
White also went over the century mark in rushing with a career-high 111 yards to go with his two touchdowns for Massachusetts Maritime. The Buccaneers outgained the Engineers by a 572-409 margin in total offense for the afternoon, as the hosts amassed 26 rushing first downs and gained 8.8 yards per play on just 65 attempts.
Peter Gilliland and Kristopher Weaver paced MIT defensively with nine total tackles each, including eight solo stops, while Brian Doyle added six solo tackles and seven total stops for the Engineers on the afternoon.
Ryan Howley led Massachusetts Maritime with 11 total tackles (eight solo), while Mike Bois amassed 10 total stops, including eight solo. Michael Farnsworth registered 1.5 sacks for the Buccaneers, who recorded nine tackles for losses of 32 yards on the day, while Andy Hirko added eight solo stops.