Mariner closes out season with victory | Football

Urrutia kicks game-winning field goal in fourth quarter
By David Pan | Nov 01, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner sophomore running back Amory Brown runs with the ball during the Marauders’ 16-14 victory over Jackson in a Wesco 4A game Friday, Oct. 27, at Goddard Stadium.

This time Mariner closed the deal.

After struggling to pull out games in which they played well enough to win but somehow lost, the Marauders wrapped up the regular season on an upbeat note.

Sophomore Jorge Urrutia kicked a 36-yard field goal with about seven minutes left in the fourth quarter to lift Mariner to a 16-14 victory over Jackson in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 27, at Goddard Stadium.

The victory in the final regular season game snapped a four-game losing streak for the Marauders, who finished 2-5 in the league and 3-6 overall. Jackson (3-4, 3-5) already had clinched the league’s No. 4 district playoff berth.

“I think we played good football all year and this time we played well enough to win,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said. “We executed. We kept our focus. I’m proud of the guys for staying focused.”

The Mariner defense shut out the Timberwolves in the second half after allowing two touchdowns in the first half.

“Our defense did a great job,” Stewart said. “We’ve had really good consistent play from our defense.”

Sophomore running back Amory Brown scored on a 21-yard run in the first quarter to give the Marauders a 6-0 lead. Urrutia missed the extra point attempt. Urrutia also missed a 40-yard attempt in the second quarter before coming back with his key kick in the fourth quarter.

“He’s done a great job for us all year,” Stewart said of Urrutia “He’s become a clutch kicker.”

Jackson took the lead later in the first quarter when junior quarterback Ben Olesen threw 24-yard touchdown pass to Marcello Pellegrino. The Wolfpack extended its advantage to 14-6 on a 1-yard TD run by Olesen in the second quarter.

Mariner cut the lead to 14-13 on a 4-yard touchdown run by senior running back Romelo Mangum later in the period. Mangum rushed for 51 yards on 9 carries.

Senior running back Isaiah Harrison finished with 106 yards and senior quarterback Fama Toure completed 8 of 13 passes for 48 yards.

Harrison, Mangum and Toure were three of several Mariner seniors to wrap up their high school football career with a victory.

“It was great getting a win on senior night,” Stewart said. “It was a nice way for them to go out.”

Stewart said that this season Mariner did not have enough big plays on offense or defense, two areas the Marauders will focus on for next year.

“We are young. Our work ethic and our guys preparation was good,” Stewart said.

Mariner will need to find a new quarterback and fill some holes in the line. But the running game should be strong with return of Brown and fellow sophomore running back Josiah Pesterkoff.

“We’ll be good there,” Stewart said. “We have some good young linemen. … We feel pretty good about the team. If we find a consistent quarterback we’ll be pretty good.”

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