Second quarter turnovers sink Marauders’ hopes against Mount Vernon | Football

By David Pan | Oct 10, 2018

Two turnovers in the second quarter by Mariner offense and the defense’s inability to shut down Mount Vernon turned a tight game into a blowout loss.

The Bulldogs scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter to defeat Mariner 42-14 in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 5, at Mount Vernon High School.

“We started out well,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said.

The Marauders (2-2 in the league, 2-4 overall) took a 7-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jackson Cole to junior wide receiver Roman Savchuk before Mount Vernon responded with a 14-yard TD pass from Reilly Olmsted to J. J. Sanchez.

But two interceptions, including one that wiped out a potential scoring drive deep in Bulldog territory, eventually led to a 35-7 halftime deficit.

“We had a really bad second quarter,” Stewart said. “The defense was not able to get stops. … The second quarter is where we lost concentration and staying on pace with them. We’re just young and inexperienced.”

Backup quarterback Vadim Kukhotskiy, in for an injured Cole, threw a 21-yard TD pass to Savchuk in the third quarter. Savchuk has caught four touchdowns in the last two contests.

“He’s definitely one of the best players in Wesco,” Stewart said. “He’s stepping up and making plays. People know who he is and they can’t stop him.”

The junior standout caught six passes for 90 yards. Cole completed 10 of 21 passes for 77 yards and Kukhotskiy was 3 of 5 for 64 yards. Cole also ran for 63 yards on seven carries.

 

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