WALTHAM, Mass. (Sept. 2, 2011) – The Maritime Privateers opened the 2011 season with a 50-3 loss against Division-II opponent Bentley University Friday night at the Falcons' University Stadium. The loss drops Maritime's record to 0-1 on the early season, while Bentley kicks off the year with a 1-0 record.
The Falcons wasted no time putting points on the board, driving the ball 63 yards on the very first drive of the game and scoring on a 14-yard passing play from senior quarterback Bryant Johnson to junior Bill Kiley. With a good extra point kick, Bentley went ahead 7-0 with just 3:53 off the clock. Maritime had trouble advancing the ball early, as the first two drives resulted in three-and-outs. Bentley's two other drives of the quarter resulted in a turnover on downs and a fumble recovered by sophomore Chris Klass (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet).
On the Privateers ensuing drive, they benefited from a roughing the kicker penalty on a fourth-down punt play for an automatic first down and kept the ball going into the second quarter. That's when senior Madison Leary (Tavares, Fla./Tavares) would cap off a 12-play, 47 yard drive with a 25 yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3 at 12:38 of the second. Bentley pressured again on the next drive, going 58 yards all the way down to the Maritime 14-yard line before junior Keith Barnes (Westbury, N.Y./Westbury) recorded the first interception of the season. The Privateers would get to 3rd and 1, but a run play would cause a loss of two yards and, on the next play, the snap for the punt went over Leary's head and into the end zone, resulting in a safety against Maritime.
The Falcons junior Jack Pizzotti would run back the free kick after the safety 85 yards and the touchdown gave them a 16-3 lead. Bentley scored twice more in the second quarter on a 32 yard field goal by Will Lockwood and a fumble recovery by senior Matt Welch that was returned 34 yards for a TD to go up 26-3. That would end the scoring in the half.
Bentley scored on its first drive of the second half, as Johnson connected with freshman Jeff Hill for a 47 yard touchdown pass and the extra point made it 33-3 at 8:24 of the third. Before the end of the third quarter, the Falcons scored two more times, as the Privateers were unable to establish the offense and were forced to keep punting away. The score at the end of three quarters was Bentley 40, Maritime 3. Another touchdown to start the fourth quarter and, later, a field goal, would end the scoring at 50-3.
The Privateers were led defensively by junior Keith Barnes (Westbury, N.Y./Westbury), who led all players with 15 tackles and one interception. Senior Jonathan Carberry (New York, N.Y./New Utrecht) was second on the squad with seven tackles, including combining on a sack with freshman Hugh O'Brien Jr. (Westbury, N.Y./Westbury).
On the offensive side, junior quarterback Joe Dickey (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) was 2-for-10 for 25 yards, before being replaced by sophomore Tyler Trodden (Putnam Valley, N.Y./JFK Catholic) in the second half, who went 3-for-5 for 23 yards, but threw one interception. Senior Jamie Spanopoulos (Franklin Square, N.Y./H. Frank Carey) led the Maritime rushers with 48 yards.
Leary finished the day with six punts for an average of 38.7 yards. Two of the punts were inside the Bentley 20 yard line.
The Falcons were led by Johnson, who passed for 200 yards on 15-of-24 completions with three touchdowns. Kiley caught two of those TDs and amassed 63 receiving yards on the night. Sophomore Lorenzo Warren led all rushers with 77 yards and one touchdown.
The Privateers will look ahead to Week Two and a road meeting with Western Connecticut State of the New Jersey Athletic Conference next Friday night, Sept. 9. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Colonials' Westside Athletic Complex.
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