Monmouth (0-0) at Maine (0-0)

6 p.m., Saturday, Alfond Stadium, Orono

Monmouth went 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the lesser Northeast Conference a year ago, while Maine finished the regular season No. 24 in Division I-AA but lost three of its last four Atlantic-10 (now Colonial Athletic Association) games to wind up 6-5 and miss the playoffs … Local players Shawn Demaray (Livermore Falls) and Jacob Folz (West Paris) should start on the Maine offensive line. The game is expected to be the college debut for Jared Turcotte of Lewiston. Also, plan on Jon Pirruccello (Turner), Jordan Stevens (Temple) and Levi Ervin (Lisbon) seeing action … Sophomore Mike Brusko outdueled freshman Adam Farkes to become only Maine’s fifth starting quarterback in the last 16 years … Syracuse transfer Jhamal Fluellen averaged nearly nine yards per carry in spot duty last season and is poised for a breakout year as Maine’s new tailback.

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