Maritime (2-4, 2-1 ECFC) vs. Castleton (1-5, 0-3 ECFC)
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 12:00 p.m.
Reinhart Field - Throggs Neck, N.Y.
THROGGS NECK, N.Y. (October 25, 2013) – For the second straight week, the Maritime Privateer football team takes on an opponent from the state of Vermont as the Castleton State Spartans make their way to Reinhart Field for a key ECFC matchup.
There will be live coverage of Saturday's contest as well as every regular season home football this season, by accessing this LINK. This season's home games will also be streamed over the Internet on the Privateer Radio Network. Play-by-play man Greg Rice and color commentator Matthew Falkenbury will be calling all the action as it happens on the field. The live audio can be accessed by clicking, HERE.
|Maritime (2-4, 2-1 ECFC)||Roster||Stats||Schedule|
|Castleton (1-5, 0-3 ECFC)||Roster||Stats||Schedule|
Maritime is 3-1 all-time against the Castleton State Spartans, winning their first three matchups pretty handedly. In their first-ever meeting, Maritime defeated the Spartans by a 58-20 score on October 10, 2009. Last season Castleton State beat Maritime 35-16 in Vermont in September.
Maritime has score 50-points in four games since joining the NCAA in 2006, two of those four 50-point outputs by the Privateers have come against the Spartans in 2009 and 2011 at home on Reinhart Field.
Knight in the Spotlight
Sophomore Kameron Knight put together a solid all-around game for Maritime in its loss last weekend against Norwich. The linebacker was named ECFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts on Saturday. He tied a career-high with 11 tackles and also had 2.5 tackles for a loss. Knight also had a pair of forced fumbles to give him a team-best three on the season.
Last week the Privateers picked up a season-high 93 yards in the air against the Norwich defense. Freshman Ryan Heizman completed a season-best seven passes for 93 yards, he connected with senior Sean Belsky for four receptions for 62 yards, and a game-high 35-yard catch. Senior Dan Fleischman also had three grabs for 31 yards.
This Saturday at Reinhart Field will be Youth Day, the annual game dedicated to youth in the local area to make their way out to a Maritime Football game and also participate in an autograph signing with the players on the field after the team. During halftime, several members of the groups will also be brought onto the field and compete in a Touchdown Dance-Off.
The groups that are planning to attend the event include; Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, Crossway Christian Center and the Sea Scouts. The Boy Scouts will also be in attendance and present the colors for the National Anthem prior to the start of the game.
Coach to Cure MD
Coaches from around the country are joining forces to support to cure muscular dystrophy, which is the most common fatal childhood genetic disorder. While there is currently no cure, research to find one is underway as grants were given to several schools throughout the nation in hopes of finding the cure. To help the cause, please visit CoachToCureMD.org or text the word "CURE" to 90999 to donate $5 on your next mobile phone bill.
The Privateer coaching staff will be doing its part in raising awareness for this disorder by wearing "Coach to Cure MD" patches on their sleeves while coaching the game on Saturday.
As part of both Youth Day and Coach to Cure MD, the Maritime Privateer football team and the entire athletic department will welcome Javier Romero to Reinhart Field as an honorary member of the football team. Javier will meet with both the players and coaches of the football team before the start of the game before making his way onto the field for the coin toss prior to the game as well.
Javier will also receive several surprise gifts from the team and will also have some of the best seats in the stadium to watch the game and root on the Privateers.
For more information on Javier and to hear his story, please visit HopeForJavier.org
Around the League
This week around the ECFC a the last two unbeaten teams will clash as Gallaudet and Husson square off, meanwhile Maritime, Norwich and Mount Ida look to keep Castleton State, Anna Maria and Becker winless.
Castleton State at Maritime, 12 p.m.
Husson at Gallaudet, 1 p.m.
Mount Ida at Becker, 1 p.m.
Anna Maria at Norwich, 4 p.m.
The most recent look at the NCAA Top-50 shows the Privateers, both as a team and individually amongst the national leaders…
10 – Passing Yards Allowed (134.5 Yards per Game)
T-16 – Rushing Offense (276.3 Yards per Game)
T-19 – Fumble Recoveries (Nine in Six Games)
T-20 – Sacks Allowed (Four in Six Games)
T-26 – Tackles for Loss Allowed (27 in Six Games)
26 – Time of Possession (33:18 per Game)
T-42 – Turnovers Gained (15 in Six Games)
T-48 – Red Zone Offense (15 Red Zone Scores in 18 Trips)
T-10 – Nick Coffiey – Forced Fumbles (Three in Six Games)
T-10 – Kameron Knight – Forced Fumbles (Three in Six Games)
T-20 – Nick Coffiey – Solo Tackles (42 in Six Games)
T-34 – Kameron Knight – Fumbles Recovered (Two in Six Games)
T-34 – Hugh O'Brien – Fumbles Recovered (Two in Six Games)
T-43 – Francis Gannon – Interceptions (Three in Six Games)
Scouting the Privateers
Coming off of its 42-21 loss at the hands of the Norwich Cadets on Saturday afternoon, the Privateers look to get back in the win column against Castleton State. Maritime got all three of its scores in the first half on three rushing touchdowns from senior Frank Laino and junior Kyle Gardner, who had two of the three.
Gardner on the year is leading the team with 585 yards on the ground with a team-best four rushing touchdowns. Laino is second on the team with 229 yards, while junior Greg Caneparo has 215 yards and Heizman is in a close fourth at 208 yards on the ground. Heizman and Caneparo both have four rushing touchdowns as well, while Laino has a pair after his score against Norwich.
The passing game picked up against Norwich as Heizman attempted a season-high 16 passes to give him 41 attempts on the team with 12 completions and 183 yards. Belsky leads the team with seven catches and 111 yards, while Caneparo has two catches for 70 yards, while Fleischman has three grads for 31 yards.
On defense, junior Nick Coffiey leads the way still with 53 tackles including 42 solo tackles which is 10th amongst all Division III tacklers. Knight is second on the team with 44 tackles (33 solo) while junior Hugh O'Brien has 37 and classmate Duke Alvora is close with 35. O'Brien has 9.5 tackles for a loss for a total of 36, which includes his team-best four sacks for 22 yards. Junior Chris Shehata is second on the team with 2.5 sacks. Coffiey and Knight are tied for the team-lead with three fumbles forced, while O'Brien has recovered two fumbles.
Sophomore kicker Diogo Dietrich has totaled 1,589 yards on 28 kicks for a 56.8 yards per kickoff while picking up four field goals on the season. He is also 15-for-17 on PAT attempts including a perfect 11-for-11 in his last three games. Freshman punter John Arny tied a season-high with five punts including one that landed inside the 20-yard line. Arny also picked up a roughing the kicker penalty that led to a Privateer first down.
Scouting the Spartans
The Spartans enter on a five-game losing skid including a loss last weekend at home to Gallaudet by a 38-12 score in Vermont. The two Castleton scores came by way of the run as Michael Toczko picked up a pair of rushing scores in the second quarter. Toczko picked up 47 yards on 11 carries, as he split duties with Doug Saffo, who finished last week with 11 carries and 50 yards on the ground.
Tockzo is second on the team with three touchdowns behind Elias LaCount who has 101 yards to lead the team and also four touchdowns. In the air a pair of underclassmen have two passing touchdowns as Tyler Higley has taken the majority of the snaps, while George Busharis has played in one game and has two touchdowns as well. Four different targets have caught touchdown passes including Kevin Alberque, with 33 catches for 473 yards and one score.
A duet of upper classmen have over 70 tackles including team-leader Todd Carr has 74, while Mick Wond is close behind with 72. Jay Morgan has 48 and Nick Romero has 42 to round out the top four. Wong and Romero both lead the squad with 4.5 tackles for loss, while Morgan leads the team with 2.5 sacks.
Robert Lineberger is the team's kicker and has struggled of late going 3-for-5 on field goal attempts this season while missing three extra points, including two a week ago against the Bison. The punting duties have been split between Lineberger and Pursell, who have a combined 31 punts for 1,282 yards, Pursell has done the punting of late including three last game for 134 yards.