WILMINGTON, Mass. — Maine Maritime football standout, Jim Bower, and Head Coach, Chris McKenney, were recently honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards banquet sponsored by the New England Football Writers.
Jim Bower, the nations leading rusher, was awarded the Division II/III Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award, which goes to the top college football player in either division. Bower rushed for over 1,600 yards in 2009, including 22 touchdowns and 6 two-point conversions. Bower led the nation in rushing with 160.5 yards per game and ranked #2 in Division III in scoring with over 13 points per game.
Bower was named the NEFC Bogan Division Offensive Player of the Year and was also selected to the 2009 All-New England Team. Bower led the Mariners to their first NEFC Title in over a decade and their first ever birth into the NCAA Tournament.
MMA Head Coach Chris McKenney was selected as the Division II/III Coach of the Year in 2009 after leading his squad to a 9-2 record and their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. McKenney orchestrated an offense that led the nation in rushing yards per game with 401.73 yards per contest and accumulated 4,419 rushing yards on the season. The Mariners won the Bogan Division of the NEFC and went on to win the NEFC Championship for the first time since 1994.