Mariner wallops Kamiak 51-6 to open league play | Football
Junior Cole throws for three touchdowns, runs for two scores and boots field goal
Last updated 9/25/2019 at 11:09am
Mariner opened league play with a resounding victory over its district rival.
The Marauders scored six unanswered touchdowns to turn a close game into a blowout, as Mariner pounded Kamiak 51-6 in the Wesco 4A opener for both schools Friday, Sept. 20, at Goddard Stadium.
Junior quarterback Jackson Cole completed seven of nine passes for 144 yards and threw for three touchdowns and carried the ball eight times for 82 yards and two more scores to lead the Marauders (1-0 in the league, 1-2 overall) to their first victory of the season.
"We needed to set a tone and to come out here and own our turf and own our own neighborhood in front of our whole school and everybody who was here tonight," said Cole, who returned to the lineup after having to leave with bruised ribs late in the previous week's loss to Ballard.
The addition of a couple of new linemen to the lineup made a huge difference for Cole and the offense.
"I had a ton of time in the backfield," Cole said. "It was really easy to make decisions. Our receivers started to make plays. We were able to capitalize and execute on what the defense was giving us."
Senior wide receiver Roman Savchuk caught four passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Josiah Pesterkoff rushed for 104 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Mariner coach Mark Stewart agreed that the offensive line was bolstered by the arrival of Kienan Parker and Devon Borgman.
"They're big guys. We added weight," Stewart said. "They're good athletes. We've had some guys, who've worked really hard up front. They add to our depth. They make us a little more physical."
Kamiak coach Bryant Thomas said that the Marauders' success with their ground game hurt the Knights.
"We couldn't stop the run," he said. "That was the biggest challenge. They executed better than we did."
After Savchuk ran the opening kickoff deep into Kamiak territory, Mariner took a 3-0 lead on a 30-yard field goal by Cole. A 1-yard TD run by Pesterkoff extended the advantage to 9-0 early in the second quarter.
Kamiak (0-1, 0-3) scored its only touchdown of the contest on a 4-yard run by Mayson Bach to cut the deficit to 9-6. The Knights did have some success moving the ball early against the Marauders.
Bach finished with 64 yards on eight carries and Jeremy Cooperwood had 41 yards on five carries.
"We made a couple of adjustments," said Savchuk, who also is a defensive back. "When they were unbalanced and running the reverse, they were hurting us."
Stewart noted that it took a while for the Mariner defense to get settled.
"They came out with some formations that surprised us," he said.
Eventually the Marauders shut down the Knights and forced turnovers. The Knights were picked off four times and fumbled once.
Cole ignited the Mariner six-TD scoring spree with a 51-yard run and then connected on touchdown passes of 15 and 21 yards to Savchuk to extend the Marauders' lead to 30-6 at halftime.
"(Savchuk) came up with a couple of big plays and really changed the momentum of the game," Cole said.
The junior quarterback threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cartez Williams to open the third quarter and added an 8-yard TD run. Pesterkoff then ran 31 yards for his second score of the game.
"It's always good for us to beat the district rival," Stewart said. "It gives us some confidence. We had big play people, who made big plays. The defense made timely stops and got off the field."
Thomas wants to see better execution from the Knights.
"We had guys open. We've got to execute," Thomas said. "Mariner had a great game plan. They played hard. They took it to us."
Mariner takes on Monroe at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 at Monroe High School. Kamiak hosts Glacier Peak at 7 p.m. at Goddard Stadium.