Mariner can’t hold on to second half lead

Oct 24, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Devonte Donaldson runs with the ball against Cascade.

Mariner was in a position to pull out the victory over Cascade.

The Marauders scored a touchdown to take a 21-20 lead in the third quarter.

But the Bruins responded with a pair of TDs in the fourth quarter to defeat Mariner 34-21 in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 19, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Their inability to slow down the Cascade ground game and two costly interceptions deep in Bruin territory spoiled the Marauders’ chances for the win.

“We just never stopped them from running and we made too many mistakes on offense,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said. “We just couldn’t put it together and couldn’t execute on either side of the ball.”

Cascade rushed for 470 yards with running back Maisyne Frazier doing most of the damage. Frazier finished with 200 yards on 28 carries and scored two of his three touchdowns in the final period. Teammate Junior Due carried the ball 13 times for 129 yards and Joshua Finicle had 79 yards on 10 carries and scored one TD.

“We just didn’t get off the field enough,” Stewart said. “We didn’t get enough stops. We were limited on our offensive opportunities. We just didn’t take advantage.”

Mariner (2-4 in the league, 2-6 overall) also squandered a pair of scoring opportunities. In the first half, the Bruins (1-5, 2-6) intercepted the ball in their own end zone and then later a cornerback out-jumped a Mariner receiver to again thwart a drive deep in Bruin territory.

“We’ve got to learn to value the ball better,” Stewart said. “We just have to take care of some things. We didn’t play very well.”

Mariner’s offense was missing junior running back Josiah Pesterkoff, who was injured against Glacier Peak.

The Marauders managed only 191 yards of total offense (64 passing, 127 rushing). Junior running back Lamin Jallow rushed for 47 yards on 11 carries and scored one touchdown. Junior quarterback Denis Biryuk had 40 yards on 6 carries and ran for a score. Biryuk completed only 5 of 17 passes for 64 yards and one touchdown.

“We had an opportunity,” Stewart said of Mariner’s 21-20 lead in the second half. “We didn’t finish, couldn’t execute. There are some things we didn’t do we in terms of execution.”

Cascade took a 6-0 lead on a 23-yard run by Finicle in the first quarter. Mariner’s Biryuk scored on a 2-yard run and Jorge Urrutia’s extra point gave the Marauders a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter.

Frazier then scored on a 1-yard run and caught a 11-yard pass from Chris Orona II as the Bruins retook a 20-7 advantage.

Mariner responded with a 3-yard TD pass from Biryuk to wide receiver Fernando Contreras and the Marauders trailed 20-14 at halftime.

Jallow then scored on an 8-yard run in the third quarter to give Mariner the 21-20 lead.

Stewart noted that the Bruins didn’t do anything to surprise the Marauders in the final period.

“Their running backs run hard,” he said. “We kind of know what they’re going to do.”

Mariner closes out its Wesco 4A schedule by hosting undefeated Lake Stevens at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at Goddard Stadium. The Vikings (6-0, 8-0) pummeled Jackson 70-0.

 

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