Miscues sink Marauders | Football

Blown coverages, penalties are too much to overcome
By David Pan | Oct 18, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Romelo Mangum runs with the ball against Glacier Peak.

Seven weeks into the regular season, the Mariner football team has established its identity.

Coach Mark Stewart said that the Marauders play hard every week, but they also hurt themselves with ill-timed penalties and mistakes.

Glacier Peak took advantage of Mariner’s mishaps and beat the Marauders 28-13 in a Wesco 4A game Friday, Oct. 13, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

“We’re a team that continues to play well and make mistakes,” Stewart said.

A prime example occurred late in the second quarter with Glacier Peak clinging to a 14-6 lead. The Grizzlies were at midfield when junior quarterback Ayden Ziomas found a wide-open Connor Stroup for a 53-yard touchdown that extended Glacier Peak’s advantage to 21-6 at halftime.

The Mariner secondary struggled at key moments in the contest, allowing the Grizzlies to complete key pass plays.

“We had probably three big blown coverages in our defense,” Stewart said.

At other times, the Marauder defense shined.

Mariner sophomore defensive back Roman Savchuk picked off two Glacier Peak passes and also blocked a field goal attempt. Casteel Njau also had an interception.

“Our defense played well,” Stewart said. “We do some things well and then … we don’t do enough to allow ourselves to win.”

The Marauders (1-4 in the league, 2-5 overall) returned the opening kickoff of the second half deep into Glacier Peak territory, but the return was negated by a penalty that forced Mariner to start in its own territory.

“We’ve been doing that kind of stuff all year,” Stewart said. “You can’t do that and win.”

The Mariner offense didn’t have much success on the ground or through the air.

“We did not block consistently,” Stewart said.

The Marauders made some adjustments at halftime but still wasn’t able to generate much offense.

“We were not able to sustain drives,” Stewart said. “We’ve got a lot of people in the box. We’ve got to complete some balls. We’re not doing that well either.”

Part of Mariner’s problem is that it’s a young team. Stewart, however, likes the effort he’s seeing from the players.

Mariner senior running back Isaiah Harrison scored on a 34-yard run in the first quarter. The extra point was missed.

Ziomas connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bo Burns and the Grizzlies made the extra point to head into the second quarter with a 7-6 lead.

Glacier Peak (3-2, 4-3) extended its advantage to 14-6 on a 15-yard pass from Ziomas to wide receiver Evan Mannes.

Mariner junior running back Josiah Pesterkoff scored on a 57-yard run to cut the deficit to 28-13 late in the fourth quarter.

Mariner will look to snap its three-game losing streak on the road against Mount Vernon (1-4, 2-5) at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20.

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