Boston Herald: "Massachusetts Maritime Makes Special Delivery Before Big Football Game"

Boston Herald: "Massachusetts Maritime Makes Special Delivery Before Big Football Game"

Mass. Maritime’s unofficial mantra is “Have a Buccaneer Day!”

Saturday’s 45th season-opening game with Chowder Cup rival SUNY-Maritime didn’t go as planned as the host Bucs lost 37-32, but the lads from Taylor Point on Buzzards Bay are winners in more important ways.

In the days leading up to the game against the visiting Privateers, the training ships of both schools (Mass. Maritime’s TS Kennedy and SUNY-Maritime’s Empire IV) were activated for duty by the federal government to provide support to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. On Saturday, Sept. 2, members of the Bucs football team gathered at one end of Academy Drive, a long toss from Clean Harbors Stadium, and began the arduous task of loading supplies on board the TS Kennedy. The MMA ship, which also assisted relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, will be used to house a dozen officers and a 40-man crew from Quincy-based contractor American Overseas Marine, which works with FEMA.

“We just went over there and formed a big assembly line to help where the crane couldn’t reach. We loaded supplies like water, soda, blankets, all sorts of supplies. It’s always great to do something to help someone,” said senior defensive lineman Tim Churchill, one of the Buccaneers’ four captains. “The TS Kennedy could be seeing some rough water, though.”
As for the game, Mass. Maritime was led by senior Richie Phillips of Onset and Old Rochester High, who scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and a 14-yard pass from senior co-captain Chris Haggerty of Cohasset. Haggerty passed for 331 yards and three TDs. Defensively, freshman Colin McCabe out of Xaverian and Dartmouth, had seven tackles and two sacks.

“There are always things that we need to improve on. It was a good test for us, and we’ll make the necessary adjustments,” said Churchill, who chipped in with seven tackles. “But, win or lose, it’s a blessing to play this game and I have a lot of great friends on this team.”

It’s the things the MMA football team did before its game that could help others, in less-fortunate situations, to “have a Buccaneer Day.”