Two 2-4 teams had the chance to improve upon their record on Saturday afternoon at Zable Stadium on the campus of the College of William and Mary, as the University of Maine football team traveled to take on the Tribe. UMaine junior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski and freshman running back Nigel Jones lead the way through the air and on the ground as the Black Bears were victorious 24-10.
UMaine took the lead on their first drive of the day and would not relinquish it for the remainder of the afternoon. Wasilewski’s first pass of the day was good for 22 yards to sophomore wide receiver Arthur Williams, which set the tone for the game. Wasilewski also hit up junior tight end Justin Perillo on the possession before finding senior wide receiver Maurice McDonald in the end zone to put UMaine up 7-0 with 10:20 to play in the first quarter. McDonald was the leading wide receiver for the Black Bears with seven receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown.
After a missed Tribe field goal, UMaine was able to extend their lead on the second drive of the game. Black Bear junior running back Rickey Stevens caught a 49-yard pass from Wasilewski to get the drive started and get within scoring range. After a 7-yard pass to McDonald, UMaine was forced to settle for a 31-yard field goal after their drive stalled on the William and Mary 14-yard line. The freshman kicker Sean Decloux’s field goal gave the Black Bears a 10-0 lead with 1:49 to go into the first quarter.
The Black Bear defense was able force a three-and-out, as UMaine looked to score on for the third time in as many possessions. Jones and Wasilewski rushed to start the drive off before junior wide receiver Derrick Johnson rushed for 28 yards into Tribe territory. Wasilewski hit sophomore receiver Damarr Aultman with a 12-yard strike with 11:30 to play in the second quarter, extending UMaine’s lead to 17-0. Jones finished the day with 60 yards on 8 carries while Aultman recorded 24 receiving yards with three catches and two touchdown receptions.
William and Mary responded with a touchdown drive of their own. Sophomore running back Keith McBride got the drive started before sophomore quarterback Raphael Ortiz hit senior wide receiver C.J. Thomas for a 17-yard pick up. Ortiz would hit sophomore wide receiver Sean Ballard on a 26 yard pass to make the score 17-7 with 8:20 to go in the second quarter. Ortiz finished with 142 yards passing, completing 11 passes out of 23 attempts and one interception. Ballard was the leading receiver with 89 yards on seven catches and a touchdown, while McBride lead the running game with 89 yards on 20 carries.
At the end of the third quarter, William and Mary started a drive on their own 1-yard line. McBride did the majority of the work getting the Tribe to midfield, and Ortiz and McBride shared the duties from there on. After getting to the UMaine 15, the drive was stalled, and the Tribe settled for a 32-yard field goal to bring them to within seven of UMaine with 14:49 to play in the game.
The Black Bears marched down the field on their next drive with the goal of making it a two-possession game. Wasilewski, Jones and McDonald were the main contributors on the drive, with Jones picking up gains of 12-, 9- and 15-yard carries on the drive. Wasilewski found Aultman in the end zone for the second time in the game on a 3-yard touchdown pass to finish off the scoring for UMaine, putting them up 24-10 with 9:12 to go. Wasilewski had a very efficient passing day, completing 19 out of 24 passes for three touchdowns and one interception.
UMaine junior defensive back Jamal Clay picked off Ortiz and the defense was able to turn the ball over on downs in ensuing Tribe possessions to finish the game off, as UMaine was able to return home with a 24-10 victory and a 3-5 overall record, 2-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. William and Mary drops to 2-6 with a 1-4 record in CAA play.
UMaine now has a 3-2 road record and remains winless in Orono. The Black Bears return home next week to play the 6-2 James Madison University Dukes. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Nov. 3rd at Alfond Stadium.CORRECTION:
A previous version of this article stated that senior kicker Brian Harvey kicked a field goal for UMaine. It was, in fact, freshman kicker Sean Decloux