MIT Falls in Season Opener at Mass Maritime, 39-13
Sept. 7, 2007
Courtesy Mass Maritime Sports Information
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - The Mass. Maritime Buccaneers (1-1) set the tone Friday night after scoring on its opening drive. The Bucs put the ball in the end zone three times before MIT (0-1) could respond en route to a 39-13 victory.
MMA sophomore Joe St. Pierre plunged into the end zone just over three minutes into the contest from the one-yard line. A failed point after left the Bucs on front with a quick 6-0 lead. Two minutes later on the Bucs ensuing possession, sophomore Kevin Berthiaume broke down the right side of the field for 42 yards and another MMA touchdown. Once again the PAT sailed wide of the uprights leaving the Bucs with a 12-0 advantage.
An interception by sophomore Nick Stralka of a Stephen Toth pass set the Bucs up on the MIT 43-yard line with 5:44 left in the first quarter. Three minutes later, Berthiaume scampered 15 yards into the end zone. A successful PAT by Mike Sarapas put the Bucs comfortably on top, 19-0, at the end of the first quarter.
The Engineers answered in the opening minute of the second quarter on a two-yard run by Thomas Scotton that was set up by a 39-yard pass reception from Toth to Mike Fitzgerald. MMA struck one more time before the half on a 24-yard run by A.J. Flemmi. Sarapas split the uprights on the PAT to give the Bucs a 26-6 advantage at the break.
The Engineers fumbled on their first snap of the second half setting up another MMA score. This time it was freshman Keith Rudolph on a three-yard run up the middle. Freshman Brett Badger took care of the PAT making it 33-6. Freshman Douglas Dike ran it in from 31 yards out with the sixth MMA touchdown.
MIT scored early in the final quarter on a Kevin Foley run. MMA threatened to score again in the final minutes of the game, but time expired before the Bucs could strike. Berthiaume rushed 17 times for 133 yards all in the first half with two touchdowns. Rudolph added 101 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown.
DeRon Brown rushed for 53 yards on 12 carries to pace the Engineers' rushing attack, while Fitzgerald led all receivers with four catches for 64 yards. The Buccaneers outgained MIT, 378-251, in Friday's season opener, including a commanding 293-140 advantage on the ground.
After securing five straight wins against Mass Maritime from 2001-2005, the Engineers dropped their date versus the Buccaneers for the second consecutive season.