By David Pan 

Marauders run through Thunderbirds | Football


Last updated 9/29/2021 at 11:34am

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Mariner's Isaac Aney rushes Shorewood's quarterback Sontri Jorkhang.

Mariner's ground attack led the way again.

Junior quarterback Damien Bagley rushed for 104 on 12 carries, ran for one touchdown, and threw for another to lead the Marauders to a 38-3 victory over Shorewood in a nonconference football game Friday, Sept. 17, at Goddard Stadium.

Bagley had plenty of support in the backfield with four other players each running for 30 or more yards, as the Marauders improved to 3-0. For the second straight week, junior running back Cartez Williams left the game in the first quarter with a leg injury.

"We moved the ball and ran the ball the way we needed to," Mariner coach Mark Stewart said.

The issue early on for the Mariner defense was that Shorewood (0-3) also moved the ball well and even took a 3-0 lead on a 22-yard field goal by Alberto Solano early in the first quarter. The Thunderbirds changed up their offensive scheme, catching the Marauders off-guard, Stewart said.

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"We still did OK. We did give up some big plays," he added. "We've got to do a better job."

Mariner did get a boost by limiting Shorewood to only a field goal.

"That helped," Stewart said. "We're pretty physical up front."

Mariner took an 8-3 lead on a 66-yard touchdown run by Ahmed Al-kheyat, his only touch of the night. Williams ran the ball for a successful 2-point conversion.

In the second quarter, Bagley found Brandon Rutledge on a 23-yard touchdown pass, and Mariner took a 14-3 lead into halftime.

The Marauders pulled away in the third quarter, scoring three TDs. Senior Maxim Savchuk scored on an 11-yard run. Bagley followed with a 2-yard run, and Savchuk intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.

Senior Yisrael Calderon scored on a 17-yard run in the fourth quarter.

"We're more mentally focused," Bagley said of the offense. "We have a lot of chemistry because a lot of us are in the same age group."

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Mariner quarterback Damien Bagley runs past Shorewood's Grant Harley Friday, Sept. 17, at Goddard Stadium.

Mariner also stepped up its defensive play in the second half.

"We were able to make some adjustments and get things slowed down a little bit," Stewart said.

Mariner's confidence continues to grow, especially after such a dominant victory.

"We're actually a really good team," Bagley said. "If we really want it, we can take it all."

Stewart said the Marauders also learned they are a team that can overcome adversity. He described the week of practices leading up to Friday's game as less than stellar.

"The guys didn't have a great week," he said. "We learned that we can still go out and get it done."

The Marauders hosts Meadowdale at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Goddard Stadium. Stewart coached Meadowdale for 13 seasons.


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