Located on the shores of the Cape Cod Canal, Clean Harbors Stadium provided a beautiful setting Saturday for the glitz and pageantry of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Homecoming football game against Anna Maria College.
But there was also someone else who had their own comeback that day.
Anna Maria College’s lead captain and starting quarterback is Plymouth South graduate Alex Cohen, and he helped craft three scoring drives to lead AMCATS to a 23-14 win over the Buccaneers.
“It was a cool experience to finally be able to play this close to home,” since Anna Maria College (Paxton) is located a good distance from his hometown, Cohen said. “I had a lot of family at the game, as well as friends here from Plymouth South, who came to watch me play today. Having them around is always a fun feeling. You can’t beat it.
Things didn’t start well for Anna Maria as the Buccaneers scored in their opener, then turned a long punt return into points on the scoreboard to take a 14-0 lead just a minute later. the start of the second quarter.
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Bouncing back from the first two interceptions, Cohen helped spark his team’s comeback with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Randolph native Kahlil Bowens with 28 seconds left in the half. AMCATS didn’t finish as Sam Jakana recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and returned it 24 yards for a quick hitting score to cut Mass’s lead. Maritime at 14-12.
Cohen started the offense in the second half, setting up a field goal to take a 15-14 third quarter lead and throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Marrone early in the fourth quarter that gave Anna Maria some more of breathing. bedroom. Cohen finished the game 31 for 44 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 19 yards on 12 carries.
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“Every week is a new week with a different game plan to work against and Mass. Maritime threw some stuff at us that gave us problems early in the game,” Cohen explained. “We fell behind 14-0, but we got up and got to work in the second half to get the win. We had too many mistakes and too many turnovers. That’s what we know we’ll have to eliminate for the rest of the season. »
Anna Maria’s opener of the season, a wild 63-48 win over UMass Dartmouth, was Cohen’s best effort of his college football career. He was involved in all eight AMCAT scoring, throwing a school-record six touchdowns and running for two more, while completing 14 of 29 passes for 414 yards and no interceptions.
That week, he won the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week award and the New England Football Writers Association Golden Helmet Award.
“I have really good receivers who are really talented, and my job is to get the ball in their hands and let the athletes do the hard work,” Cohen said.
It’s been a wild ride through college for the sports management major. He started all 10 games at quarterback as a rookie, but was converted to tight end in his second year. Everyone missed the 2020 season because of COVID, but both Cohen and Anna Maria College have bounced back in a big way in 2021. Returning as a quarterback, Cohen threw for 3,087 last year as he led AMCATS to the ECFC Championship and the first in the Appearance program at the NCAA Tournament.
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Cohen wasn’t the only link to Plymouth in Saturday’s football game. Mass’s list. Maritime is filled with local football players. Several are from Plymouth, including junior defensive back Keven Paul, freshman linebackers Zach Proctor and John Brock, and freshman offensive lineman Carter Reynolds.
“Plymouth football is definitely booming,” Cohen said. “It’s great to see.”
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