04/16/2018 4:42 PM -
PORTLAND- The Maine Mammoths (0-2) hosted the Carolina Cobras (1-1) for their first home game in team history on Saturday. The atmosphere was electrifying, the fans were ecstatic and the football on the field was as intense as it gets as the Mammoths fought all four quarters but ultimately fell short of victory in the team's inaugural home opener.
The Mammoths kicked off to start the game and allowed a Cobras touchdown, and put enough pressure on Cobras Kicker Craig Peterson by forcing a missed PAT. That momentum translated to an offensive touchdown on the very first play of their opening drive. A 35-yard pass from Bane to Wide Receiver Derrick Macon quickly tied the game up at six after a bad snap on the Mammoths PAT. The Cobras scored a touchdown, ending the first quarter 13-6, however, the Mammoths kicked a 17-yard field goal to start the second quarter.
The Mammoths defense allowed a Charles McCullum QB sneak in the end zone, but again, missed the PAT. The lead was extended, but it wasn’t over quite yet. It’s still the second quarter. Bane threw an interception, which allowed all momentum to shift over to the Cobras side of things. The Mammoths could not stop McCullum, as he rushed for his third touchdown of the night and of the half. The Mammoths special teams really made an impact on the game, blocking the PAT. The Mammoths barely got a two-yard touchdown rush from Wide Receiver Devin Wilson to end the first half. The score is now 25-15 in the Cobras favor.
To start the second half, the Mammoths got the ball and came up empty as Bane threw his second interception of the night. The Cobras would then take advantage of that and throw a 10-yard touchdown pass from McCullum to Wide Receiver Phillip Barnett. The Mammoths kicked a field goal and the Cobras threw for another touchdown to end the third quarter.
At this point, the score is 39-18. The Mammoths can’t make any mistakes or allow any penalties to happen. The game can still be theirs to win, but it takes a lot of teamwork and determination. The Mammoths did just that on the very first play of the fourth quarter, as Bane throws a deep ball to Edgar Poe Jr. for a 35-yard touchdown! The PAT now puts the score at 38-25. Now a two possession game down by 13, the Mammoths have plenty of time to come back. The Mammoths bent, but did not break, as they allowed a Cobras field goal to put the game at 41-25. The Mammoths knew they had no time to waste, as they scored a touchdown in just a couple plays, making it a 41-32 point game. In a matter of a few minutes, the Cobras lead went from 13 down to nine. The game ended up exchanging touchdowns twice with a missed Cobras field goal. The Mammoths would fall short to the Cobras 42-56. In his first game at home, quarterback Jonathan Bane finished the night with five touchdown passes and looks forward to throwing many more as the Mammoths next home game is on May 5, 2018 as the Jacksonville Sharks (1-1) come up here for Cinco-de-Mayo! Be sure to grab your sombrero and maracas on this night for some Cinco-de-Mayo fun!
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