Mariner defeats Kamiak | Football

Marauders record first win of season
By David Pan | Sep 19, 2018
Photo by: David Pan Mariner’s Josiah Pesterkoff runs the ball back during a kickoff against district rival Kamiak Friday, Sept. 14, at Goddard Stadium.

Mariner picked up its first victory and Kamiak scored its first touchdown of the season in the annual clash between the district rivals.

The Marauders prevailed 40-13 over the Knights in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 14, at Goddard Stadium.

The contest was halted with 9:48 left in the fourth quarter after gunshots were fired from a car driving near the stadium. (See related story on page 7).

Junior running back Lamin Jallow rushed for 129 yards on eight carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Marauders (1-0 in the league, 1-2 overall). Sophomore Jackson Cole completed 7 of 11 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown in his first varsity start. He also rushed for 66 yards on three carries and scored one touchdown.

“Jackson Cole did a great job, especially with his legs and making some big plays,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said. “The line did a good job blocking.”

Stewart liked that the Marauders made some big plays. Jallow had a 63-yard TD run and Cole’s longest completion was for 45 yards and he also had a run for 36 yards.

“I’m pleased with how we executed,” Stewart said. “We had big plays in the passing game. The defense made adjustments. I think we were in control of the game when it was shut down.”

The Knights (0-1, 0-3) took a 7-0 on a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Hunter Bollschweiler. Kamiak surprised the Mariner defense on a halfback option play that saw freshman running back Dylan James launch a pass to Bollschweiler deep into Marauder territory.

“That got the guys fired up,” Kamiak coach Bryant Thomas said.

Mariner tied the score on a 1-yard touchdown run by junior Josiah Pesterkoff later in the first quarter.

Cole scored on a 36-yard TD run to give Mariner a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. Midway through the quarter, Bollschweiler was knocked out of the game after a hard hit. Sophomore quarterback Nick Laman engineered a successful drive that culminated with a 16-yard touchdown pass to senior Cameron Osbjornsen. Kamiak trailed 14-13 after the extra point was missed. The Marauders extended their lead to 21-13 on a 18-yard pass from Cole to Pesterkoff.

Mariner seized control of the game in the third quarter with three unanswered touchdowns. Jallow scored on a 1-yard run, Jesus Barajas followed with a 8-yard TD run and Jallow closed out the scoring with a 63-yard scoring run.

“They had some big plays on offense,” Bryant said of the Marauders.

Part of the problem, Bryant said, was that the Knights had blown assignments on critical plays – including some third and long situations.

“Those plays had a huge impact,” Thomas said.

The injury to Bollschweiler also altered Kamiak’s game plan on offense.

“It changed the whole momentum of the game,” Thomas said. “We were on our heels.”

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