(WBNG) -- After a summer of uncertainty, former Maine-Endwell football player Mike Palmer hit the field this past weekend to begin his senior season at Boston College.
"It was really nice to just get back on the field and get back into the swing of things again," said Palmer.
Palmer and the Eagles defense forced five turnovers in the opening game against Duke, beating the Blue Devils 26-6.
"If you can force five turnovers you are going to give yourself a really good chance to win the game. I think we played really hard and really fast and we played physical," said Palmer.
This season is a lot different than Palmer is used to. For the first time in his college career, he played in a stadium without fans.
"Watching Duke come out and hearing nothing, normally there's a lot of cheering and then when we came on the road normally you hear boos, there were no boos," said Palmer.
Even with no fans in attendance, the senior was thankful for a chance to start the season.
"It was a little rusty at first but once you got the cobwebs out and got playing football again it was great," he said.
Off the field, Palmer has been keeping an eye on everything going on with Section IV football. A few weeks ago, the season was officially pushed back to March 1.
"I feel really bad for them but you just have to keep working, keep grinding and know that the fall season is going to come and happen in the spring and you have to make the most of it," he said.
Palmer said he's grateful for all the support he's received from the Maine-Endwell community over the years.
"It means everything," said Palmer. "When you step out on the field you are not only playing for the school you're currently at, but you are playing for the school you came from and you can never forget where you come from."
Boston College takes on Texas State Saturday at 6 p.m.