Maritime (2-3, 2-0 ECFC) vs. Norwich (2-3, 1-1 ECFC)
Saturday, October 19, 2013 – 1:30 p.m.
Sabine Field – Northfield, Vt.
The Privateers will head up I-91 to Northfield, Vermont for another Eastern Collegiate Football Conference matchup against the Norwich Cadets at 1:30 p.m. on Sabine Field.
Maritime enters on a two-game winning streak against Anna Maria and Becker, while Norwich comes in off of its first conference loss of the season at the hands of the Gallaudet Bison a week ago.
The Norwich Athletics department in conjunction with the Northeast Sports Network will be providing a live stream of the game, available at THIS LINK. The team will also be providing LIVE STATS of the game for the game as well.
Maritime is 2-4 all-time against Norwich; the Privateers last defeated Norwich in 2010 by the score of 20-2 on Reinhart Field. Last season the game between the two teams was cancelled because of Super Storm Sandy in late October.
Welcome to Reinhart
When Maritime because a varsity program in 2006, Maritime played its first NCAA home game at Reinhart Field against Norwich on September 23
Around the League
In addition to Maritime going for its third win of the conference schedule, both Gallaudet and Husson face off against Castleton State and Becker respectively looking to remain perfect in conference play.
Gallaudet at Castleton St., 12 p.m.
Anna Maria at Mount Ida, 1 p.m.
Becker at Husson, 1 p.m.
Coach Kendrick-Holmes Speaks at RUN for Veterans
This past Tuesday evening, Maritime Head Coach Clayton Kendrick-Holmes spoke at an event in New York City that helps raise support for United States Veterans. The RUN for Veterans was co-created by Marine Corps Veteran Brian O'Toole, who has been running across the United States from California to Maine and plans to finish his yearlong run by Veterans Day in early November. For more information, visit http://www.therunforveterans.org
Run, Greg, Run!
Last week, junior running back Greg Caneparo (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet) broke the record for longest rushing play in the history of Maritime football. On his 3rd-and-8 play in the fourth quarter, Caneparo picked up 85 yards. The rush broke the previous record of 73 yards from Travis Scott in 2009.
Another Pair of Awards
With their efforts in last week's contests both junior defensive end Hugh O'Brien (Westbury, N.Y./Westbury) and sophomore kicker Diogo Dietrich (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/DePaul Catholic) were selected as defensive and special teams player of the week respectively.
O'Brien had a solid all-around day on the defensive side of the including a fumble recovery that was scored for the team's first defensive touchdown of the season.
Dietrich picked up his third straight special teams award after went 1-for-1 on field goal tries while also going 3-for-3 on extra point opportunities.
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One More for Diogo
In addition to his third straight special teams player of the week award from the ECFC, Dietrich was named the ECAC Division III Northeast Special Teams Player of the Week due to his strong kicking efforts against Becker.
To qualify for an ECAC regional player of the week, a player must win their conference player of the week.
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Nationally, the team and several Maritime players are amongst the top-50 of all NCAA Division III statistical leaders…
#5 – Passing Yards per Completion (17.63 yards per completion)
#7 – Rushing Offense (298.8 Yards per Game)
T-17 – Interceptions Thrown (two in five games)
#19 – Time of Possession (34:00 per game)
#22 – Passing Yards Allowed (145.0 yards per game)
T-24 – Fumbles Recovered (seven in five games)
T-31 – Red Zone Offense (Success Rate: 85.7%)
T-33 – Sacks Allowed (four in five games)
T-39 – Turnover Margin (+5 in five games)
T-41 – Red Zone Defense (Opponent's Success Rate: 63.2%)
T-48 – Turnovers Gained (13 in five games)
T-49 – Tackles for Loss Allowed (5.00 per game)
T-6 – Nick Coffiey .60 Forced Fumbles per Game (three in five games)
T-22 – Nick Coffiey 6.8 Solo Tackles per Game (34 in five games)
T-25 – Kameron Knight .40 Fumbles Recovered per Game (two in five games)
T30 – Francis Gannon .6 Interceptions per Game (three in five games)
Scouting the Privateers
After the 0-3 overall start, Maritime has stormed back in most team statistical categories in contrast to its opponents, including points per game (22.8), first downs (91) and total offensive yards (1,640). Maritime continues to be successful in the red zone with 12 scores in 14 trips (85.7%), while the defense has held opponents to just 12 scores in 19 trips (63.2%).
After picking up three more rushing touchdowns last week against Becker, the Privateers have now totaled 13 on the ground. The balanced running attack has been led by three player with over 200 yards as junior Kyle Gardner (Amityville N.Y./St. Anthony's ), leads the way with 490 on the ground. Junior Greg Caneparo (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet) (221 yards) and senior Frank Laino (Rockaway, N.Y./Fort Hamilton) (219 yards) are in a close battle for second on the team.
Caneparo and freshman quarterback Ryan Heizman (Commack, N.Y./Commack) both have four rushing touchdowns, while Gardner has three thus far on the season. Laino and freshman quarterback Isaiah Covington (Brooklyn, N.Y./FDR) each have one rushing touchdown. Caneparo also has the team's lone receiving touchdown from Heizman in the team's home opener.
The defense has been has been superb of late allowing just 31 points in the last two games, which is fourth best in the ECFC over that timespan. Junior Nick Coffiey (Wilmington, Del./Delaware Military Academy) leads the team in both tackles with 44 and forced fumbles with three. Sophomore Kameron Knight (Clayton, N.C./West Johnson) is second on the team with 33 tackles and leads the squad in fumble recoveries, junior Hugh O'Brien (Westbury, N.Y./Westbury) has 5.5 tackles for loss and three sacks to lead the team while totaling 28 tackles this season. Sophomore Francis Gannon (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) and senior Chris Klass (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet), along with Knight have combined for the team's six interceptions this season.
On special teams, the pair of sophomore Diogo Dietrich (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/DePaul Catholic) and freshman John Arny (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) has become a formidable kicking tandem for Maritime. Dietrich has four field goals this season with three of them coming in the 30-39 yard range including his season-best 37-yarder in the season opener. He also has 1,353 yards on 24 kickoffs for a 56.4-yard average on kickoffs. Arny continues to impress as he has averaged 36.81 yards per punt on 16 kicks this season, nearly half of his punts have been inside the opponent 20-yard line and still has his one punt for 50+ yards this season.
Scouting the Cadets
Norwich enters off of a loss to the Gallaudet Bison last week in Washington, D.C. However the Cadets do enter as winners of two of their last three games. So far this season Norwich has been outscored 87-83 this season.
The quarterback duties have been split by Norwich in the early going as Keyen Foley and Jon Queen have combined for 122 passing attempts this season with a combined 64 completions and 649 yards in the air. Foley has three passing touchdowns to three different targets including senior running back Mike Cavanaugh, sophomore wide out Matt Mulcahy and junior running back Al Georgio. Leading the team with 13 receptions is junior Dan Jamieson.
On the ground, Georgio is the team's leading rusher with 379 yards on 91 carries for a game average of 75.8 yards/game. He also has four rushing touchdowns, but has fumbled the ball four times. Foley is the team's second leading rusher with 185 yards on the ground with three rushing touchdowns and five fumbles. The Cadets' offensive unit has fumbled the ball 13 times while throwing six interceptions.
The Norwich defense has a pair of players with over 30 tackles as Ethan Hanks has 35 wrap-ups including a tackle for loss. Second on the team is Addison Nye, who had 33 tackles including an impressive 8.5 tackles for loss as Nye works his way through the offensive line from his linebacker position. Sir Michael Finley is third on the team with 38 tackles, while Luis Delgado has 27 and Dane Pallotto rounds out the team's top-five in tacklers with 26. Pallotto also has the team-high with three interceptions as well.
Rookie Wesley Medeiros has handled the placekicking duties. He has gone 2-for-4 on field goal tries this season including his season-long 35-yard field goal on September 14 against St. Lawrence, and is also 9-for-9 on extra point attempts. Junior Drew Banuskevich is in charge of punts for the Cadets and has averaged just 33.1 yards on 31 punts, picking up a total of 1,027 yards along the way. Freshman Trystan Colaire has five kick returns and seven punt returns, picking up 161 on the 12 combined returns.