Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 26, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, September 26, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, September 26, 2019
Mariner football highlights MMA homecoming weekend
Mariner freshman quarterback Andrew Haining looks to make a throw down the field during Maine Maritime Academy’s homecoming football game against Massachusetts Maritime Academy on September 21.
by Monique Labbe
The stands were full to capacity on Saturday, September 21, as students and alumni of Maine Maritime Academy settled in to watch the Mariner football team take on Massachusetts Maritime Academy for MMA’s homecoming game.
The Mariner’s lost 42-21, but the score did not dim the cheers, chants and cow bell rings that came from the Mariner fan base.
The Buccaneers managed a 14-0 lead at halftime, but MMA was able to get on the board with a touchdown by sophomore Cam Lantagne (Biddeford) in the third quarter, who scored on a 48-yard interception run. The Mariners outscored Mass. Maritime 14-7 in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome the early deficit.
The annual game between the two teams marked the 47th Admiral Cup, where the two teams play for a trophy and bragging rights through the school year. The Buccaneers have won the cup for the last three years.
The game is only part of Maine Maritime Academy’s annual homecoming weekend. Alumni from near and far visited their old stomping grounds for dinner on Friday night, followed by a tailgate party on Saturday morning prior to the game. The lower part of Pleasant Street by the football field was blocked off to traffic as part of “Alumni Row,” where people set up chairs and other game-watching arrangements to cheer on the Mariners.
With the loss, Maine Maritime falls to 0-3 on the season, and is back in action on September 28 at home against the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Game time is set for 12 p.m.