Wright and Drumgole Connect on 3 Touchdowns as Privateers Dominate the Chowder Bowl 51-21

Throggs Neck, NY - The Maritime Privateers opened up Reinhart Field with a bang in the 2018 season as they dominated the Chowder Bowl against Massachusetts Maritime Academy 51-21 behind an explosive offensive performance from quarterback Thomas Wright (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) and wide receiver Brandonn Drumgole (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai). The duo connected on three key touchdowns for the Privateers in the first, second, and third quarter. Maritime College received the ball to start the game and Nicholas Morman (Covington, La./Northlake Christian) gave the Privateers great field position with a 37-yard return to the Bucaneers 49-yard line. Following back-to-back carries from William Patsakos (Staten Island, N.Y./Susan E. Wagner) for a first down, the Maritime drive stalled at the 32-yard line and an aggressive decision to go for it on fourth-and-8 backfired as Massachusetts Maritime took possession. The Buccaneers took advantage of the turnover on downs immediately as quarterback Ty Ebdon threw a 67-yard bomb to Paul Sances to put them on the one-yard line. Two plays later, the Privateers found themselves trailing for the first time this season with 13:17 remaining in the first quarter. Maritime College remained calm and was able to methodically drive down the field behind strong plays from Wright and running back Kahlil Lewin (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall). However, it looked like the drive was going to stall yet again after a false start penalty pushed the Privateers back to 3rd and goal from the 12-yard line. Wright dropped back to pass, but heavy pressure from the Buccaneers forced him to escape the pocket and just before it looked like he was going to have to make a run for it, the Wantagh, NY native looked up and found fellow senior Drumgole alone in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. The Privateers defense came out fired up after allowing an opening drive touchdown and forced a three-and-out to give their offense the ball back with a chance to take the lead. A shanked punt from the Buccaneers gave Wright and the offense great field position at Massachusetts Maritime 43-yard line. "I think it's a testament to our guys and how hard they have worked so far this season that we were able to bounce right back from a shaky start," said head coach Vincent DiGaetano. "We showed a lot of mental toughness early in that first quarter and I was proud of the way the team reacted." Following a 10-yard run from Patsakos, Wright connected on an over-the-top throw to Curtis Smith (Brooklyn, N.Y./New Utrecht) for a 34-yard touchdown as the Privateers took command of the lead with 4:38 remaining in the quarter. The Buccaneers offense took the field hoping to regain some momentum before the end of the quarter, but a great read and interception from Justin Snuffer (Maple Shade, N.J./Maple Shade) quickly squashed any thoughts of an answering drive from Massachusetts Maritime. Despite a couple of negative plays from the Privateers on the ensuing drive, they were able to put the ball in field-goal range for Ian Ziemski (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), who was able to knock it through the uprights and make it a two-score game at 17-7 early in the second. Looking to keep the game within reach, the Buccaneers needed to put together a strong offensive drive after getting solid field position following the kickoff.