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MIT Men’s Football beats Maine Maritime comfortably

Team secures a 30-12 win over Maine Maritime

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MIT Football WR Keithen Shepard '21 scores a touchdown in Saturday's win against Maine Maritime.

The match started off on the wrong foot for the Engineers as Reed Hopkins of Maine Maritime pulled in a touchdown pass from Nikolas Mouqin four minutes into the first quarter for the 0-6 lead. But MIT quickly tied the game with a seven yard touchdown by John Robertson ’20, this was followed by an extra point from Mark Wright ’21 to end the quarter at 7-6. The Engineers extended the lead to 20-6, credit to two touchdowns. The first one was a 25 yard touchdown pulled down by Mason DuMez ’21 as he went up the middle while the second one was a 12 yard touchdown by Keithen Shepard ’21, pulled down just inside the near pylon. Both passes were made by Chris Mauck ’20. Maine Maritime made it a one score game at the start of the third quarter as Mouqin found Dominic Casale wide open in the middle of the end zone. The third quarter ended with a 33 yard field goal by Wright. The fourth quarter was dominated mainly by MIT as the game was sealed with a 10 play 86 yard drive, which ended with a touchdown by Ashton Robinson ’22. 

Robertson dominated the stat board with a career high 263 yard rushing performance who later in an interview emphasised the role played by the team in helping him achieve this personal accolade, saying, “I just so happened to be the guy who shows up on the stat sheet but full credit goes to that [offensive] line.” Other players with excellent performances for MIT include Mauck, who completed 8 passes including 2 touchdowns, and top reciever DuMez, with 48 yards. Subsequently, Sean Kent ’20 took ahold of the MIT defense and filled the stat board with a career high 10 tackles. As an overall the team owned the possession race 35:24-24:36 and the number of offensive yards 440-213. 

This victory brought the football team to a record of 3-2 overall and 2-1 in NEWMAC. The team now heads into a gap week which they wish to utilise to rest well and prepare for the next away game on Oct. 26 vs. the US Coast Guard Academy.