The Black Bears historic season comes to a close after a 50-19 loss to the Eastern Washington Eagles. Maine’s stellar defense, nicknamed “the Black Hole,” could not contain the Eagles, who rushed for 216 yards and another 352 through the air. Eagle Quarterback Eric Barriere threw seven touchdown passes.
Maine made some costly mistakes in the first half. Maine Quarterback Chris Ferguson turned the ball over twice in the first quarter, once on a pick and once on a fumble. Both turnovers resulted in touchdowns. He was also sacked three times on the day.
Two Maine natives scored Maine’s only two touchdowns. Wide receiver Andre Miller of Old Town caught a 47 yards pass in the third to bring the score to 35-12 Eagles. Minutes later, North Yarmouth’s Joe Fitzpatrick punched it in from two yards out to close the gap more.
Head coach Joe Harasymiak says this was a disappointing ending, but a season to be proud of. He wants Maine to continue to be a playoff team, making it to the final four and beyond every year.