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By David Pan 

Marauders fall 33-27 to Bruins in overtime | Football


October 4, 2017

Mariner came up a yard short on fourth down in overtime and wasn’t able to extend its game with Cascade.

The Bruins escaped with a 33-27 victory over the Marauders in a Wesco 4A football clash Friday, Sept. 29, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The Marauders (1-2 in the league, 2-3 overall) rallied from a 27-13 deficit in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns in the final six minutes to send the game into overtime.

Cascade (1-2, 3-2) scored on a 28-yard pass to take a 33-27 lead in overtime. On fourth down, Mariner completed a pass but its wide receiver was brought down about a yard short of the first down at the Bruin 3 and Cascade held on for the victory.

“It was a tough loss,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said. “It was a hard-fought game. We needed one more yard on that pass. … We played well.”

Mariner’s ground game carried the offense for most of the night. Senior running backs Isaiah Harrison and Romelo Mangum each rushed for more than 100 yards. Both scored on runs in the fourth quarter to tie the score. Harrison finished with three touchdowns.

“Our running backs are running well,” Stewart said.

Harrison previously had been playing mostly defense. Now he’s spending the majority of his time in the backfield.

The Mariner defense had trouble stopping the Bruin ground game.

“Cascade ran the ball well,” Stewart said.

The Marauders also had some breakdowns in coverage, especially late in the game, that allowed the Bruins to continue scoring drives.

“We had some blown coverages,” Stewart said. “They converted on some key situations.”

Stewart that if a play here or there went the other way, then the final score might have been different.

“We’re playing pretty good physical ball,” Stewart said. “We have to continue to do that. We’re executing. We’re in every game. … We could have easily won one or two more games.”

Penalties and mistakes, however, have cost the Mariner offense points. Stewart said that Mariner could have more points in each of the last two games.

Two touchdowns against Cascade were negated because of two penalties, according to Stewart.

Mariner faces its biggest challenge of the season with a match-up against Monroe at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, at Goddard Stadium. The Bearcats (3-0, 5-0), who shut out Glacier Peak 57-0, have outscored their opponents 250 to 50.

“They’re big and strong,” Stewart said. “We’ve got to be able to play with big, strong physical teams. We’ve got to step up.”


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