ORONO – Week 7 of the Maine football season is here. Often times, it’s these middle weeks the most mentally challenging throughout a football season, especially for a Black Bear team reeling after last week’s loss to Elon. It’s times like these you can choose to either live in the light, or head towards darkness.
When a team starts a season 1-4, it can be difficult to find the bright spots.
“I think it showed today. I think, yeah we’re not where we want to be, but we came out and we practiced at a high level and our mind is on to the next step. We know everything’s in front of us,” said Maine quarterback Derek Robertson.
Sometimes, there aren’t any, but after another execution-based loss vs. Elon, Maine football continues to hold its head high, because at this point, what other option is there?
“We’re not gunna just sit here and roll over and chalk up the season five games in. We’re going to fight back and do what we do,” said senior captain Andre Miller.
Whether they can or they can’t is ultimately up to them.
With a just one win through six weeks, the road to the CAA playoffs is pretty steep, but if you utter the phrase throw in the towel to Head Coach Nick Charlton, he’ll look you dead in the eyes and say.
“We don’t talk about that.”
So where are the bright spots? Is it last week’s breakout game from senior Andre Miller, going for a career 167 yards?
“They’re scheming up ways to get me in different situations. Get other guys in different situations, sometimes maybe even use me as a decoy,” Miller said.
Or is it a special teams unit that continues to make noise for the Black Bears?
“They know it’s important, we spend a ton of time on it. More than a lot of other programs, it’s got to be part of our niche up here,” Charlton said.
Those examples come up when you operate within the light, but there’s still plenty of dark.
“We’re talking about our discipline, and these are systemic things that we’ve had conversations about that have gone on here previously, and there comes a point when things need to change,” Charlton said.
Getting off the field on third down, eliminating penalties–controllables that have been at times out of control for the Black Bears.
“If we’re able to do those things, we’ll be able to finish the game in the fourth quarter, but that starts with our discipline and that starts and stops with me,” Charlton said.
This Saturday, it’s homecoming weekend vs. William & Mary, and for Maine, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
“We know that our back are against the wall and it’s time to fight back,” Miller said.
Maine’s matchup vs. William & Mary will be aired on ABC 7, with kickoff scheduled for noon.