Berger Leads Cardinals to Win at Maine Maritime in Finale

Berger Leads Cardinals to Win at Maine Maritime in Finale

CASTINE, Maine - Catholic University football junior Brady Berger threw for 245 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, including two to junior Trey Carson, as the Cardinals closed out their 2019 season with a 28-13 victory over Maine Maritime on Saturday at Ritchie Field.

Catholic (2-8, 2-5 NEWMAC) posted its third-straight win in the series as the Cards have never lost to the Mariners since joining the NEWMAC, outscoring them 81-41.

The Cardinals finished fifth in the final NEWMAC standings with Coast Guard and Norwich, all of whom had identical 2-5 conference records. Catholic beat Norwich, 31-27, at home on Nov. 2 and lost at Coast Guard, 20-14, in double overtime on Oct. 5.

Just six points separated the Cards from having their best season in three years when they were 5-5 and 3-4 in their inaugural season in the NEWMAC in 2017.

Berger tied his career high with four passing touchdowns, equaling the mark he set on Nov. 4, 2017 when he completed 24-of-41 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns at Merchant Marine. On Saturday, he completed 22-of-33 passes.

Carson had five receptions for 43 yards and the first two touchdowns of the game as Catholic took a 14-0 lead with 13:40 remaining in the second quarter.

Saturday marked the second time this season that the Cardinals did not allow an opponent to score for an entire half as they shutout Coast Guard in the second half while scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to force overtime.

Carson finished the season with 53 catches for 550 yards and seven touchdowns, all team highs, after totaled 25 catches for 255 yards and five touchdowns over the final three weeks.

Senior Colin McNulty closed out his career with four receptions for 61 yards and a 24-yard touchdown pass from Berger with 2:23 remaining in the third quarter that put Catholic in front, 21-7. He had at least one receiving touchdown in three of his last five games.

Junior Pedro Garcia ran for a career-high 87 yards on 13 carries, just missing his first career 100-yard rushing performance.

Defensively, freshman Noah Miller had a team-high seven tackles, including five solo, and one interception.