DOVER-FOXCROFT – The Lobster Bowl is the celebration of four years of hard work on the gridiron for a select few football players in Maine. Those who are selected receive a chance many only hope they can come graduation, but others aren’t as fortunate. In the case of one Hermon football player chosen for the game, he’s just hoping to be able to step on the field again at some point in the future.
Garrett Mullen was chosen to represent the Hawks in this year’s Lobster Bowl, but he will miss the game due to illness. Mullen has been battling complications from pneumonia and a collapsed lung, and has had two stays in the hospital since the beginning of June. He was supposed to play football at the University of New England this fall, but his status is currently up in the air. As for this weekend, his teammate Jordan Bishop is in attendance, and wishes his friend could be joining him.
“This game would be 10 times better if he was here. He’s a great football player, a great teammate. It’s going to be weird. First time being off the field without him,” Bishop said. “I wish he was here. He feels the same. But he understands. His main goal is to just play for UNE right now.”
Mullen helped lead Hermon back to the postseason this past year, where they found themselves in the middle of a tough Class C North field.