WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

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Re: WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

Postby fafan » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:35 pm

Holy Crap, Connor Walsh out with cramps, how many D players are out for us???
Another sack for Stephens, him & Sterling are unbelieveable!!!
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Re: WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

Postby dunbar » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:42 pm

Maine made a field goal.

That itself is the cherry on top.
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Re: WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

Postby fafan » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:44 pm

dunbar wrote:Maine made a field goal.

That itself is the cherry on top.


That might be one biggest FG's Maine has made in awhile :D :D :D
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Re: WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

Postby mainejeff » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:45 pm

I had a feeling that LaFrance would break one.
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Re: WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

Postby fafan » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:53 pm

Fitzy is great as is this OLine.
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Re: WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

Postby dunbar » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:58 pm

98 yards to win or tie it. No timeouts.

Black Hole. Let’s go.
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Re: WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

Postby basketball_guy » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:10 pm

One of the Greatest Football games ever played...Great Credit to the Maine Defense.
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Re: WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

Postby fafan » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:12 pm

Maine's kicking game rules, what an effort by this team. This defense was tanked but made a play when they had to. Not sure how many healthy players will have for C,Michigan but have 2 weeks to heal up.
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Re: WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

Postby BearDown » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:14 pm

Booyah baby!
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Re: WEEK 2: Maine at Western Kentucky (MBR on the road)

Postby MattyB » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:55 am

Maine downs Hilltoppers

Down 21-0 with nine minutes and fifty-seven seconds left in the first quarter, on the road, to a Western Kentucky team that struggled against a strong Wisconsin squad last week, that was honoring it's 100th anniversary of football and celebrating its 100 greatest football players, in front of a crowd that had spent much of the day partaking in home opener festivities, it would have been expected that the University of Maine Black Bears would fold. They could get their payday from playing Western Kentucky, get good reps against a Division 1 FBS school, and head home for a bye week to get rested before a trip to Central Michigan.

The 2018 Maine Black Bears are not about to give up, no matter what the score is.

"Just play each play and keep grinding on every drive," said UMaine Head Football Coach Joe Harasymiak, outside of the Maine locker room on a hot and humid night in Bowling Green, Kentucky. "They're a good team, well-coached, we just knew he had to settle into the game. If we hung around until the 4th quarter as the FCS Team, the pressure flips back over them."

And boy, did it ever.

"Our message every day is keep believing," said Maine Quarterback Chris Ferguson, who threw for 183 yards three touchdowns, including two tough throws and good catches by Micah Wright to get UMaine back in the game. "Belief and accountability are the two things we talk about every day."

"We had guys go down (due to injury)," said Sterling Sheffield, who had 12 tackles, a critical forced fumble, and 1.5 sacks on the day. "and guys just stepped up. Kept each other accountable."

Maine went down 21-0 early after a 66-yard touchdown pass from Drew Eckels (347 yards passing, 3 TD's, sacked 6 times) to Lucky Jackson (115 yards receiving, 3 touchdowns) just 18 seconds into the game. ON the ensuing a drive, a Ferguson pass was bobbled into the air and picked off for a 45 yard touchdown by Devon Key to make it 14-0 Hilltoppers, and then Jackson's second touchdown catch of the day put the Black Bears in the hole. However, the running started to get going on the next drive for Maine, as Joe Fitzpatrick and Ramon Jefferson got the Bears to the Hilltopper 39 yard line. The drive stalled, and Maine had to punt, but they had finally settled in.

"It was just a great job by our staff. Most teams get down 21-0 and start throwing the ball all-around the yard. That's not our game, we need to have a strong running game to set-up play-action, it was a good job of calling the game by the (Offensive) staff," said Harasymiak.

The second quarter was when the fruits of that labor were born. Ferguson with a 51 yard touvhdown to pass to Jefferson made it 21-7. Aftert the Maine defense stiffened, and forced a turnover on downs late in the first half, a nice catch by Micah Wright of a beautifully thrown 32 yard pass from Ferguson made it 21-14 going into halftime. The Bears were back in the game.

"When you preach the same thing all the time, you don't have to reaffirm the message," said Harasymiak, now 2-0 on the year and 8-5 as Maine's Head Coach.

The second half provided a chance for the defense and special teams to help the offense take the lead. Deshawn Stevens rumbled 50 yards after recovering a fumble to tie the game. After the teams traded punts, Western Kentucky tried to inject some life into their offense, going for it on 4th and 1 at their own 15 yard line. The Black Hole Defense turned them away, Micah Wright caught his second touchdown of the day on the next play, and Maine had quieted the boisterous Hilltopper crowd with a 28-21 lead. After Kenny Doak helped extend the lead in the 4th quarter to make it 31-21 Black Bears, Garland LaFrance caught Eckles' third and final TD of the day to make it 31-28 Maine with 3:10 left. After Maine punted, Western Kentucky drove down to the Maine 31 yard line with 11 seconds left, however, Eckels was injured on the play and had to be taken. In lieu of running another play, WKU sent their field goal kicker onto the field.

"I thought it might be a little long (for a field goal try) for them," said Harasymiak. "Usually blocks come up the middle, but Jordan Swann (UConn transfer) made a big play."

In the post-game celebration, the 90 or so Maine fans that made the trip were serenaded by the Black Bears singing the Stein Song, while holding up the jersey of their fallen teammate, Darius Minor.

"He's definitely (with us)," said Ferguson. "We bring his jersey to every game, keep it in the locker room with us. He's always with us."

Post-Game:

Ferguson & Sheffield: https://www.facebook.com/MBRMaine/video ... 4126391517

Coach H: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bowling- ... 6619234328?

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