The countdown to kickoff for the 2017 Massachusetts Maritime football campaign is in high gear, and as the days dwindle down to the early September season opener, Head Coach Jeremy Cameron has tabbed four members of the Buccaneer senior class to serve as team captains this fall.
Seniors Chris Haggerty (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset), Bobby Gross (Tampa, Fla./Plant), Tim Churchill (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Ethan Rooney (Rockland, Mass./Rockland) will provide leadership for this year’s Massachusetts Maritime squad, which welcomes back 53 letterwinners and 12 starters to the fold. Cameron, who is set to begin his 13th season at the helm of the Buccaneer program, describes the quartet as “incredibly focused on setting, meeting and exceeding goals that are set for them both on and off the field. Their leadership has been built on great character and commitment, and I know they will instill those values into every facet of our program.”
Both Haggerty and Gross earned second team all-Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in 2016, as Haggerty threw for 1,805 yards and 12 touchdowns at quarterback while Gross ranked third on the team in total tackles with 65 (45 solo) from his linebacking spot. Churchill also impressed on the defensive line a year ago with 33 total tackles (26 solo) that included a sack, while Rooney has been a veteran starter for an offensive line unit that has ranked among the national leaders in total offense over the last three seasons.
Massachusetts Maritime kicks off its 2017 slate on Friday, September 8th by hosting SUNY-Maritime in the 10th Annual Chowder Bowl at Clean Harbors Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT.