ORONO – For only the second time in program history Alfond Stadium will host a playoff game Saturday.
“16 teams left..anyone’s got a shot and if the year is indicative of how the playoffs go..you got to play to win and you never know..,” said head coach Joe Harasymiak.
Maine earned themselves a first round bye and opportunity to watch their competition, Jacksonville State, who won a back and forth contest against East Tennessee State to earn a trip to Orono.
“They got some tall receivers and a good o-line..so it’s gonna be a good game..,” said linebacker Sterling Sheffield.
“Pretty much the whole game they’re going to play man..I like when teams play man..I’m glad they got confidence but I got confidence in us too..,” said wide receiver Earnest Edwards.
Edwards isn’t shy about that confidence either: “for sure I feel like I can outrun anybody..whoever’s in front of me.”
The Black Bears have the opportunity to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.
“Have a plan..execute it..and right now I think you’re seeing the results of having that plan..,” said Harasymiak.
A Gamecock offense averaging almost 500 yards a game versus a “black hole” defense allowing an average of under 278 yards per game.
“They’re built on big plays..they’re offense can score quick,” said Sheffield.
For Maine, Saturday can’t get here soon enough.
“Whole team has been waiting to get on the field since elon..,” said Sheffield.
“I wish tomorrow was Saturday..I’m so anxious..my first playoff game and I’m just excited,” said Edwards.
High noon Saturday the team will try and put themselves among the best to ever strap it up in blue and white.