ORONO – Refreshed after a bye week, Maine football returns to action on Saturday. The team restarts its conference schedule against Richmond.
So far this season, the renowned “Black Hole” defense has not lived up to standards, and turnovers on both sides of the ball have been the team’s downfall so far.
“You never want to go off of a loss in to a bye because then you have to sit with it, but sometimes it’s a good thing too, sometimes you have to sit on it and figure out the issues and what we need to do and I feel like we did that,” said head coach Nick Charlton.
“Sometimes it gets frustrating, but you know have faith, we know we’re talented, we know what we can do, so just having faith in each other, just knowing we’re going to rite the ship and get this thing going,” said senior linebacker Taji Lowe.
Defense has been the back bone of the Maine football identity for a number of years, but when that unit cannot find success, Charlton says players try and take matters in to their own hands. “They can’t press to make a play, if you’re doing your job, you’re in the right position, the ball will find you a lot of the time, especially if you’re doing the right things and you’re being disciplined, for us I think it’s about getting those opportunities and making the most of them.”
The offense shares equal blame in this equation. Quarterback Chris Ferguson has thrown eight interceptions this season, among nine total offensive turnovers. Ferguson says each side has to hold each other accountable, “I have too many picks and they don’t have enough, I don’t think they have any, we go to maybe start that this week, and going forward you’re not thinking that, it’s going to naturally happen with the work and preparation that you do during the week.”
Maine hosts Richmond Saturday at noon. The game can be seen on Fox 22 WFVX.