Marauders unable to overcome offensive struggles in 34-8 defeat | Football
Last updated 9/12/2018 at Noon
Mariner probably isn’t interested in making another trip to Memorial Stadium in Seattle any time soon.
The Marauders found their offense disrupted not only by Ballard but by the officials in a penalty-plagued 34-8 loss in a nonconference football game Friday, Sept. 7.
The Mariner offense suffered a case of whiplash in the first quarter when the officials threw their flags six times. The Marauders ended being penalized 12 times for 84 yards for the game. The Beavers didn’t fare any better with 16 penalties for 76 yards.
“We just couldn’t get any rhythm going on offense,” Mariner coach Mark Stewart said. “We just kind of lost our focus. It was just one of those days.”
Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, the Marauders subsequently fumbled the ball twice, leading to two more touchdowns for Ballard.
“That basically closed the game out,” Stewart said. “That’s a half killer.”
The Beavers added a fourth touchdown and a safety in the third quarter.
Senior Josiah Pesterkoff scored on a 19-yard run in the fourth quarter as Mariner (0-2) avoided a shutout.
The Mariner defense didn’t play much better than the offense, allowing a balanced Ballard attack to finish with 312 total offensive yards (147 rushing, 165 passing).
“We didn’t do a great job of defending,” Stewart said. “We needed to be in the right spots. We’ve got to make people work hard to beat you We didn’t do our job.”
Ballard (1-1) converted on 5 of 8 third down attempts, while Mariner was 4 of 12. The Marauders also failed on all three of their fourth down attempts.
Pesterkoff finished with 87 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown. Mariner quarterback Denis Biryuk completed 12 of 23 passes for 120 yards.
Stewart said the Marauders still need to work on their deep passing game. Mariner’s longest completed pass was 21 yards.
“We need to do a better of executing,” Stewart said. “We got nothing big in our passing game.”
Up next for Mariner is its Wesco 4A opener against district rival Kamiak at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at Goddard Stadium.
The Knights (0-2) lost 56-0 to North Kitsap last week after opening with a 40-0 defeat to Bishop Blanchet.
Stewart isn’t overlooking the Knights.
“It’s a rivalry game,” he said. “We just have to worry about us and make sure we’re lining up, going out and executing.”