Maine Black Bears historic playoff run comes to an end
SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) - The University of Maine Black Bears lost to the Eastern Washington Eagles by a score of 19-50 in the semi-finals of the FCS playoffs on Saturday, but that didn't stop dozens from going out to Seadog Brewing Company in South Portland to watch the game.
"I never would have thought Maine would be in a possible championship game scenario, but here we are," said David Shields, a graduate of University of Maine.
He says despite the loss, there's a ton of hope for the future.
"We have a stellar defense, and I think we have a good amount of people staying for next year. This is also a great recruiting tool," he said.
People wore Maine sweaters, ball caps, and t-shirts as they cheered on the Black Bears. Some say the loss stings, but say there's always next year.
"With that amount of exposure...This is good. It's good for the state. It gives us a little love nationally. How can that hurt, right?" said Shields.
Maine finished the season 10-4.
Despite the deepest run the team has ever made, they still didn't break the school record for most wins in a season, which was set back in 2002 at 11.