Mariner suffers worst defeat of season, falls 56-7 to Monroe | Football

By David Pan | Oct 13, 2016

Mariner faced a tough test Friday night.

The Marauders traveled to Monroe to face an undefeated team that had outscored its previous five opponents 246-36.

Unfortunately, Mariner didn’t fare any better than the Bearcats’ previous opponents, losing 56-7 in a Wesco 4A football game at Monroe High School.

The loss was the worst of the season for Mariner (2-2 in the league, 3-3 overall).

Mariner wasn’t able to stop the Bearcats’ ground game, which was led by running back JJ Jerome. The senior rushed for 359 yards on 17 carries and scored 5 touchdowns.

“He’s a good running back,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said. “We weren’t able to slow him down.”

Jerome scored on a 65-yard run early in the first quarter and then caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Zach Zimmerman. Jerome closed out the quarter with a 17-yard touchdown run to give Monroe (4-0, 5-0) a 21-0 first quarter lead.

Monroe scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter to head into halftime with a 42-0 lead.

Jerome had 66- and 14-yard touchdown runs and Zimmerman threw a 25-yard scoring strike to Jason Cyr.

In the third quarter, Jerome picked up right where he left off, running for a 75-yard touchdown.

“We gave up too many big plays,” Stewart said.

Mariner’s lone points came on a 53-yard pass from JJ Walker to running back Darius Brown in the third quarter.

Monroe running back Isaiah Lewis also scored on a 58-yard run.

The Marauders weren’t able to move the ball against the Monroe defense. Mariner finished with 104 yards on the ground and 54 passing yards. The Marauders were only 1 of 10 on third down, while Monroe was 3 of 7.

Walker had 10 carries for 60 yards and Brown rushed for 43 yards on 6 carries. Mariner threw one interception and lost two fumbles.

“We’re going to have to cut down on our mistakes,” Stewart said. “We have to keep improving.”

Mariner currently is in a three-way tie for third place with Glacier Peak (2-2, 3-2) and Jackson (2-2, 4-2). The Marauders host the Grizzlies at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Goddard Stadium.

Glacier Peak is struggling, having lost 54-3 to Lake Stevens on Oct. 7 and 64-6 to Monroe on Sept. 30. After a season opening loss to Bothell, the Grizzlies beat Snohomish, Cascade and Jackson. The Wolfpack rallied to beat Kamiak 34-33 and will host Mariner on Friday, Oct. 28.

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