Mariner misfires in loss to Oak Harbor | Football

Marauder defense struggles to slow down Wildcats
Sep 06, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Tyrell Waverly, Jahee Nelson and Peter Savchuck tackle Oak Harbor’s Taeson Hardin during the Marauders’ 34-12 loss.

Mariner has work to do.

Mackenzie Nuanez ran for three touchdowns to lead Oak Harbor to a 34-12 victory over the Marauders in the non-conference season opener for both teams Friday, Sept. 1, at Goddard Stadium.

The Wildcats (1-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs of 1 and 12 yards by Nuanez. Mariner cut the deficit to 14-7 on a 1-yard TD run by senior running back Romelo Mangum before Oak Harbor responded with three unanswered touchdowns to secure the victory.

Wildcats quarterback Jordan Bell threw two touchdown passes and Nuianez scored on a 44-yard run.

“It was a tough start,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said. “They do a good job. They came out and did what they do and they did it well.”

The Wildcats’ ground game finished with 364 yards on 59 carries for an average of 6.2 yards per carry. Nuanez, a senior running back, ran for 163 yards on 22 carries. Teammate Tamarik Hollins-Passmore rushed for 108 yards on 16 carries and scored one touchdown.

“We’ve got to do a better job of stopping the run,” Stewart said “The new guys have got to do a better job of reading and reacting the right way.”

Oak Harbor senior quarterback Bell completed 7 of 14 passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Kyle Nickols caught five passes for 59 yards. The Wildcats ended up with 490 yards of total offense.

For the Marauders (0-1), Friday’s performance was hampered by a variety of mistakes.

“I thought we took a wrong step, missed a block,” Stewart said. “We weren’t getting the execution we wanted.”

Mangum rushed for 50 yards on 15 carries. He also scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. In his first start at quarterback, senior Fama Toure completed 5 of 12 passes for 71 yards.

Mariner sophomore defensive back Tyrell Waverly picked off a pass.

“I thought that we would be further ahead and be able to move the ball a little better,” Stewart said. “It’s the first game. You always want to be a little better. It’s OK. We’ll be fine.”

Mariner heads out on the road to face Marysville-Getchell in another non-conference game at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville. The Chargers (0-1) opened with a 44-25 loss to Lake Washington.

“They’re another good Wesco team,” Stewart said. “It’s an opportunity to go out and try to be better and to execute.”

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