OGDEN, Utah (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- The Maine Black Bears are ready to make history in Utah, and Maine fans made the trip out west to cheer if they do.
Hundreds of Black Bear fans are making their way to Weber State University for Friday's FCS quarterfinal game. Also in attendance are the parents of some Maine-born Black Bears. There are 12 Maine natives on the roster, and two start for the team on a regular basis: sophomore offensive lineman Gunnar Docos of Oxford Hills, and red shirt junior running back Joe Fitzpatrick of North Yarmouth.
Fitzpatrick's parents will be in the stands on Friday night, and they could not be more excited to cheer their son on as he plays in front of the entire country.
"Joseph worked so hard to get to this point," says Joe Fitzpatrick Sr. "Being on the national stage with the Black Bears means so much to him and our family."
Docos' parents could not make the trip out west, but are watching from Maine. They sent the Fitzpatricks a tweet and asked them to pass on a hug to their son:
Kickoff is at 8 p.m. tonight. You can watch the game live on ESPN 2.