Maniacs lose to Extreme 32-6, Maniacs Drop to 0-5
After a long and memorable bus trip with an insufficient number of players available on their roster, the circumstances surrounding the team was too much for the Maniacs to overcome Saturday night in Bloomington as they continue their winless start to the 2010 season.
The Maniacs came into the game without a kicker, which really hamstrung their game plan, forcing the team to run or pass on fourth down plays (only one was converted all game) and attempt a two-point conversion after the team's only touchdown which came in the second quarter.
That sole touchdown came courtesy of a run by quarterback Duane Smith, who made his first start for the team after Bryson Spinner went down last weekend with a knee injury. It was a tough start for Smith. He was able to utilize his scrambling ability very well, starting off the game with a 25-yard run on the team's first play but he never was able to gain a rapport with his receivers. At times, Smith couldn't find open targets and when he did spot them, critical drops were made when passes were directed right in the receivers' chests.
Another problem for Maryland was penalties, which has plagued the team the last three games. This week, however, it was when the flags were thrown that set the team back.
A second quarter field goal was missed by Extreme kicker Peter Christofilakos but a penalty was called on Maryland, giving Bloomington an extra five yards and three points on the next attempt, breaking the 6-6 tie. Another instance came when defensive back Mike Hill intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter and that play was called back as well, crushing any momentum the team hoped to gain from that point on.
An 0-5 start is certainly not what the team expected and the players and staff hope to get the situation back on the right track this Saturday night at the Richmond Revolution at 7 PM. The Maniacs previously faced the Revolution on March 20th and fell in a 23-18 decision.
For those who wish to attend the game, the Maniacs are providing a Maniacs fan bus to travel down to Richmond to see the team play the Revolution. Visit: http://www.marylandmaniacs.com/promos/ for more details!
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