Marauders misfire in league opening loss to Vikings | FootballMariner ground game struggles, defense gives up too many big plays
Mariner’s effort was there in Friday night’s loss to Lake Stevens.
But far too many mistakes against a talented opponent resulted in a 48-7 loss to the Vikings in a Wesco 4A football game at Goddard Stadium.
“It was a tough night,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said of the team’s league opener. “You hope to play better. Our guys didn’t execute the way we wanted to. We were playing a very good football team. … We’re young. We made a lot of mistakes.”
The Vikings outgained the Marauders 455 to 93 in total yards. Lake Stevens quarterback Conor Bardue completed 14 of 22 passes for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mariner did pick off two of his passes, though.
The Marauders (1-2 overall) were only 2 of 13 on third downs and only had 7 first downs compared to the Vikings’ 18. Mariner also was flagged for 80 yards in penalties, while Lake Stevens only had 27.
The Vikings (3-0) led 13-0 after the first quarter and went into halftime ahead 34-0. Quarterback JJ Walker threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Jones in the fourth quarter for Mariner’s lone touchdown.
“We’re 0-1 in league,” Stewart said. “Everything is still in front of us.”
Mariner looks to rebound against district rival Kamiak at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Goddard Stadium. The Knights (1-2) lost 56-7 to Monroe in their league opener.
Stewart saw a couple of major problems against the Vikings.
The Mariner ground game wasn’t effective and the defense again gave up too many big plays.
Stewart said that his and his coaching staff’s game plan going into Friday night’s game didn’t work out as anticipated.
“We could have done a better job cleaning up the blocking,” he said.
The goal moving forward this week, Stewart added, is to simplify the blocking schemes.
“We were just a little out of sync,” he said. “They (Vikings) were good.”
Mariner needed to establish its running attack against Lake Stevens.
The Marauders finished with only 42 yards on the ground.
“We were giving up a lot of deep balls on defense,” Stewart said. “We need to eliminate the big plays. We muffed a punt again. …. We have to make sure we go out and do what we can do to improve.”
After reviewing the video from the contest, Stewart did see some signs of progress.
“The effort was there,” he said. “We were missing a block or taking a wrong step. We just never put things completely together.”