Marauders’ comeback falls short | Football

Mariner unable to complete rally, loses 21-14 to Mount Vernon
By David Pan | Oct 25, 2017

Mariner rallied from a 21-0 third quarter deficit with two touchdowns in the final period and had a chance to tie the score.

But a third touchdown proved to be elusive as Mount Vernon held on for a 21-14 victory over the Marauders in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 20, at Mount Vernon High School.

Mariner (1-5 in the league, 2-6 overall) had the ball on the Bulldog 10-yard line but was unable to punch it in to tie the score with about a minute and a half left in the contest.

The loss continued a similar pattern in which the Marauders play hard but continue to come up short in the win column.

“We’re playing everybody tough,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said. “We’re spotting them points and are making some mistakes. We come back and play decent. The effort is there. We’re just making too many mistakes.”

Mount Vernon (2-4, 3-5) took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and then added another touchdown in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead at halftime.

Mariner sophomore running back Josiah Pesterkoff scored on a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter and then senior running back Romelo Mangum followed with a 24-yard TD run to cut the deficit to 21-14.

“We moved the ball against them,” Stewart said.

A fumble in Mariner territory led to one of the Bulldogs’ scores and another fumble in Mount Vernon territory cut short a Marauder drive.

“That was our problem,” Stewart said of the two turnovers.

Mangum finished with 65 yards on 11 carries with one touchdown and Pesterkoff had 46 yards on seven carries with one TD. Senior quarterback Fama Toure completed 10 of 16 passes for 80 yards.

“The ground game was working. The short passing game started working,” Stewart said. “We just got in good rhythm. We scored twice. We just stalled on the final drive.”

Mariner outgained Mount Vernon 216 to 176 in total yards. The Bulldogs converted on 6 of 12 third downs, while Mariner was 3 of 9 on third down.

Mount Vernon running back Gabe McGuire rushed for 83 yards on 15 carries and quarterback Reilly Olmsted completed 9 of 13 passes for 41 yards and one touchdown.

Mariner’s Peter Savchuk led the defense with seven tackles.

Mariner faces Jackson, which lost 52-20 to Monroe, at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at Goddard Stadium.

To have success Mariner needs to execute its game plan.

“It’s the same old stuff. We have to establish the running game and see if we can get some passing going,” Stewart said

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