By Matt Noonan
Jeremy Cameron and his Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buccaneers are set to embark on another football journey, beginning tomorrow evening when they travel to SUNY Maritime (N.Y.) for the Ninth Annual Chowder Cup.
Mass. Maritime Academy defeated SUNY Maritime (N.Y.) last season, 48-13, behind a school-record five touchdown passes from quarterback Brad Skeffington.
“There is a lot to play for in the first two weeks of the season,” said Cameron. “It’s almost like two different seasons … its kind of the measuring stick for us, so it’s a great game to open up with.”
This particular game has produced some exciting outcomes over the past few seasons, including a handful of hard-fought victories by both teams.
One of Cameron’s favorite memories of the Chowder Cup occurred last season when he watched Skeffington etch his name in the program’s record book by tossing five touchdown passes, including a pair of scores to Cody Stahmer and Kevin Healy.
Said Cameron, “It was a pretty special moment for our quarterback Bred Skeffington, who had a career night.”
Skeffington won’t be the focus of tomorrow’s contest – he graduated this past spring – so the Buccaneers will count on their upperclassmen to step-up and lead, including senior tailback Kenny Pierce, who rushed for 200 or more yards three times last season.
As noted in this week’s game notes, Pierce registered a career-best 240 yards on the ground during his team’s 48-27 win over Plymouth State.
In addition to Pierce, keep an eye on junior halfback Richie Phillips, who capped his sophomore season with 496 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Phillips ripped off his longest run of the season – a 27-yard rush – during his team’s conference clash last October against Western Connecticut State.
“They’re kind of the workhorses of the offense,” Cameron said of his two halfbacks. “I really think we have a one-two tandem at tailback.”
On defense, the Buccaneers welcome back a slew of seniors, including linebacker Marshall McCarthy, who tallied a team-high 100 total tackles last season, including 71 solo stops. Marshall also registered four sacks and one interception.
“He is just reliable,” Cameron said of Marshall. “He played close to 900 plays last year and he just leads by example.”
Following tomorrow’s contest, the Buccaneers with host the 44th Annual Admiral’s Cup next Saturday, September 17th when they welcome Maine Maritime Academy to Buzzards Bay. One week later, the Buccaneers will commence conference play with 12 p.m. kick-off against Worcester State on Saturday, September 24th – that game will also take place in Buzzards Bay.
Said Cameron about his team’s outlook, “If we’re on our game, I do think believe we have an opportunity to play with anybody.”