Mariner misfires in loss to Monroe | Football

Bearcats pull away with three touchdowns in second quarter
By David Pan | Sep 26, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner junior quarterback Denis Biryuk is chased by Monroe’s Bilal Myers and Gavin Newton Friday, Sept. 21, at Goddard Stadium.

Mariner could not get the stops it needed in the first half.

Monroe jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter and scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter to pull away for a 42-10 victory in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 21, at Goddard Stadium.

“They were a more physical team,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said. “They executed and really pushed our defense around. We just couldn’t get stops earlier. That was probably the big issue.”

The Mariner offense has some success, finishing with 248 yards (147 passing, 101 rushing).

“We’re moving the ball, but we’re not finishing the drives,” Stewart said. “Their scoring touchdowns and we’re either kicking a field goal or turning the ball over.”

Monroe (1-1 in the league, 1-3 overall) took a 7-0 lead on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Hacking to Efton Chism III. Jackson Cole then kicked a 23-yard field goal for Marauders (1-1, 1-3). Monroe’s Blake Rybar then followed with a 6-yard TD run.

In the second quarter, Rybar scored on a 24-yard run. Hacking found Trey Lane on a 49-yard TD pass and Rybar closed out the quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run to give the Bearcats a 35-3 halftime lead.

Rybar added 50-yard TD run in the third quarter and Mariner responded with a 2-yard scoring run by Josiah Pesterkoff.

“We’ve got to work on being a little more physical and up our ability to execute at a higher level,” Stewart said.

Junior quarterback Denis Biryuk completed 12 of 25 passes for 119 yards and junior running back Lamin Jallow rushed for 42 yards on eight carries. Pesterkoff finished with 37 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown. The Marauders were only 3 of 13 on third down conversions and were flagged 11 times for 123 yards.

“There are some mental mistakes we’ve got to fix,” Biryuk said. “We’ve got to execute and do everything the right way.”

Rybar rushed for 172 yards on 16 carries and scored four touchdowns. Hacking completed 9 of 13 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Mariner was coming off a 40-13 victory over district rival Kamiak in a game that was called early in the fourth quarter due to a nearby drive-by shooting.

Jallow was disappointed that Mariner could not build on the previous victory.

“I feel like we could have done better than we did,” he said. “We did really well last week (against Kamiak).”

Jallow and his teammates appreciated the community’s support following the jarring end to the Kamiak game. Players and spectators were directed to leave the field and stands by authorizes following the nearby shooting.

“After last week a lot of people could have been traumatized,” Jallow said. “Most of them still came out and showed their support. It means a lot for us as a team.”

Jallow noted that during the week he spoke to some students, who said that their parents weren’t going to allow them to attend Friday’s football game due to safety concerns.

“They told me they weren’t allowed to come even though we tried to reassure them we had security,” Jallow said. “They still weren’t able to make it because of their parents.”

Earlier in the week, the Mukilteo School District announced a number of enhanced safety measures in response to the incident, including the hiring of an additional police officer to patrol the parking lot and perimeter of the stadium.

Mariner hosts Jackson at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, at Goddard Stadium. The Timberwolves (1-1, 3-1) defeated Cascade 48-19.

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